Open Mic'ers Ep. 31 with Rocky Kramer: Our guest this week is musician Rocky Kramer! Rocky Kramer is a Norwegian guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, and bandleader from Trondheim, who is now based in Los Angeles, California. In 2019, he released his debut Album "Firestorm" and was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award.
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2020 has been a year full of challenges, and even though many of them were of a pandemic nature, I wanted to challenge myself both musically and creatively, all while staying safe at home. How? By making covers that pay tribute to the artists that inspired me growing up or more recently and making a video for every one of them. For each cover, I took inspiration not only from that artist, but from other artists, genres and concepts, which allowed me to not just rerecord the song, but presenting it in a new and intriguing way. I had a great time making these covers this year, and as we're approaching the end of it, I thought it would be fun to make cover art for each one and put them together in a quick end-of-the-year recap to revisit them one more time before we move on to new adventures in the new year. Thank you for listening.
The time some of us have been waiting on has arrived. The vaccine is here. Naturally, there are those out there who have a problem with this. In this episode, Ric talks about just what manufactured outrage is surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine. Also in this episode, Ric sits down with Norway's Ambassador of Rock, Rocky Kramer. They talk about the Norwegian influence on the genre of rock and how the relationship between metal and classical music. Plus, more details about the Feed The Blues campaign through the Memphis Blues Society and Radio Memphis.
KISS was one of the first rock bands I ever listened to and I can proudly say that I’m a lifelong fan, or member of the KISS army, as the fans like to call themselves. The band’s stage show and Ace Frehley’s guitar solos fueled my desire to become an electric lead guitarist as an 11-year-old and I still consider KISS to be one of my major influences.
“Love Gun” is one of my favorite KISS songs. It was originally released in 1977 on the album with the same name, and has been a staple in KISS setlists since then. As a huge fan of Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, I wanted to use “The Way You Make Me Feel” as the foundation for this cover, imagining what the song could’ve sounded like, if it came out in 1987, ten years later.
Soho Johnny and the Let Me Help Foundation joyfully presents the Let Me Help Celebrity Benefit Concert, a virtual musical celebration benefitting those shattered by the devastation of COVID-19. The evening will be a dazzling 6 hour star-studded array of the biggest and most dazzling celebrities and opulent icons!
Nov 24th, 7 PM – 1 AM EST.
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Update: Rocky's Performance
I can thank Yngwie Malmsteen for helping me take my guitar playing to the next level. I discovered his music as a teenager, when I fell off my bike at the age of 13 and couldn’t play guitar for a week. My brother recommended that I check out Yngwie Malmsteen and I’m thankful to this day that I did. Hearing songs like “Black Star” and “Far Beyond The Sun” completely blew me away, thanks to his incredible technique and neoclassical sound. “Baroque & Roll,” which was released in 2002 on the “Attack!!” album, captures both the melodic and the virtuoso essence of Yngwie Malmsteen. I was first introduced to this song while watching the G3 Live in Denver DVD. It instantly became one of my favorite songs, and I can’t think of a better pick for a humble tribute to The Maestro himself.
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Andy Walter.
Guitar: Fender Stratocaster with Dimarzio pickups. Tone Zone (B), Air Norton (M & N.) Bass: Fender Jazz Bass. Guitar and bass was recorded with a Fractal Axe-Fx III.
“Baroque & Roll” was written by Yngwie J. Malmsteen and originally released on the “Attack!!” album in 2002. This is a licensed re-recording by Rocky Kramer with license number: 1456981352.
Additional footage provided by Videezy and Vecteezy/Ery Prihananto.
Rocky Kramer on The Freakin' Awesome Podcast:
"We chat with Norway's Ambassador of Rock, Mr. Rocky Kramer! We talk about his newest album, musical influences while growing up in Norway and some amusing news along the way."
For more information about The Freakin' Awesome Podcast: thefap.ca
Rocky Kramer guests on The Mike Wagner Show on iHeart Radio.
Press release with links to iHeart Radio, Spreaker, Anchor FM and Spotify:
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Rocky Kramer guests on The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell.
Master guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, rising superstar Rocky Kramer continues to excite us with his almost weekly cover songs which are produced in ways you can’t even imagine, while his debut concept album “Firestorm” (via Allied Artist Music Group), is steadily advancing in popularity.
The Norwegian born rocker, a musical child prodigy was destined to create music being born into a musical family. As a teen, Rocky was already playing in rock bands and performing live, something he loves to do above anything. I traded some intimate questions and answers with Rocky regarding his career and his future desires...
Why did you feel like covering a tribute to Phil Collins?
Phil Collins is a legend and a musical genius. He’s an incredible singer, musician and songwriter. I’ve been a fan of his from an early age, the music video for “In The Air Tonight” playing on TV was responsible for that. I didn’t discover Genesis until later, but I’m glad I did, because they have so many amazing songs. The obvious choice when doing a tribute to Phil Collins would be “In The Air Tonight,” but I chose the Genesis song “Mama” instead, because on the one hand it’s similar, yet on the other hand, it’s a song with its own distinct identity and feel.
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