Norwegian guitar virtuoso, who recently inked a deal with Allied Artists Music Group, picks up top honors at Las Vegas awards ceremony, along with Stryper, It's Casual, Laura Wilde and Dead Sara.
Glendale, CA -- Rocky Kramer, who is rapidly emerging as the next Scandinavian guitar hero, was selected by the editors of Rock Over America Magazine as this year's Best New Male Rock Musician. Laura Wilde won for Best New Female Rock Musician, with It's Casual picking up Best New Punk Band and Dead Sara walking away with Best New Band, while Stryper won a Lifetime Christian Rock Achievement award. Kramer, a 22 year old Norwegian guitar virtuoso, initially came to the United States as a student, where he was discovered by Allied Artists Music Group's Stephan Bauer (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck) who ultimately signed the rocker to a multi-album record deal. Throughout the time Kramer has been in the United States, he has shared stages with such notables as Mike Pinera (Blues Image, Iron Butterfly, Alice Cooper), Jason Ebs (Peter Criss Band), Stoney Curtis and fellow label mate Chas West (Bonham, Tribe of Gypsies, Foreigner), rapidly earning a reputation for being an incredible guitarist, as well as a formidable singer and songwriter.
Rock Over America's Editor Emeritus, Mark Lewis, commented that "Rocky was chosen as 'Best New Male Rock Musician' because he can shred with precision, while using his classical music background to compose music that will stand the test of time," adding that "when compared to . . . Yngwie Malmsteen, I think [Rocky is] going to go a lot further and forge a bold new future in music worldwide." Kim Richards, CEO of Allied Artists Int'l, the parent of Kramer's record label stated "we're all very proud of Rocky and the depth of his musical background and skills. His father is a celebrated violinist with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, while his mother was a professional pianist in her own right. It seems Rocky not only comes from a solid musical family, but inherited their genetic skills." Richards, who is known for his work with Pink Floyd, Queen and Renegade, is slated to produce Kramer's freshman offering.