The Keep Calm and Rock On Experience

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." - Victor Hugo Music influences culture, inspires companionship, and creates tension. To love music is to eternally welcome it into your heart like a significant other. Often compelling, occasionally frustrating, yet forever entwined with your heart. The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast has launched to provide a roundtable-type platform to discuss the way rock and roll and popular music has moved people for the last 50 years. Through it's creators Angelo, Michael and Jamie, listeners will be led on musical exploration of all topics rock and roll, the familiar and the foreign. Every two weeks, Keep Calm and Rock On will release a new episode that will focus on a rarely explored avenue of rock and roll. KCRO - as the show is sometimes referred to - can be viewed as a metaphysical look into a genre that is normally explored from audio or literary perspectives. Each of the show's hosts is an adult blend of longtime musician and contemporary historian. Join Angelo, Michael and Jamie in their quest to explain the musically unexplainable and attain rock and roll unattainable...The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast!
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Dec 28, 2015

2015 KCRO New Years Rockin' Eve


You are cordially invited to the first annual KCRO New Year's Rockin' Eve party at the KCRO Compound in downtown Baltimore, MD. Join Michael, Angelo, and Jamie as their guest while they ring in 2016 and take a look back at some of the best moments in rock and roll, and the first year of The Keep Calm and Rock On podcast. You will hear highlights from some of their best interviews over the past 9 months including Al Kooper, Nils Lofgren, G.E. Smith, Jimmy Vivino and many more. The gang will hand out their 2016 Sammy Award winners and also chat with a very special guest who calls in to discuss the business side of rock music in 2015 and beyond. And what year end party would be complete without a blooper reel of some of the funniest moments of this year's shows. All this and much much more on the first annual KCRO New Year's Rockin' Eve special!

Dec 21, 2015

Episode 23 - The First Cut Is The Deepest - The 1970s


Jamie, Angelo, and Michael are back for another full length edition of the Keep Calm and Rock On Experience. The Power Trio of Podcasting returns to the topic of greatest debut albums of all time. After starting the debate back in Episode 11 where they discussed the best debut albums of the 1960s, they move on today to the swinging 70s! They will discuss the climate of new music in the 1970s as well as the criteria for what does make a great debut album. There is no chance that all three will agree on the top spot is there? In the second half of the episode, Michael "The Killer" Koehler returns with another installment of is segment entitled "Ride The Lighting" where face paced questions are met with slow paced answers. All this and much much on The Keep Calm and Rock On Experience!

Dec 14, 2015

KCRO Lite - ExPeart Opinions and Centennial Celebrations


On today's KCRO Lite, Jamie, Angelo and Michael bring you all of this week's top rock and roll news in the segment "Second Hand News", where they hear it first, and you hear it second! Today's topics include discussions about the end of one of Angelo's all time favorite bands, as well as found memories about a talented singer, gone too soon. They answer listener questions and feedback in "The Mail Never Stops" and are joined by this week's Artist of the Week, J. Rushwell from Boston. As always, KCRO Lite concludes with another rousing edition of "Beneath The Roots" with KCRO corespondent Rockin' Bobby Gee, who rings in the holiday season with his segment entitled "Tough Guys Don't Sing Christmas Songs... Or Do They?" All this and much much more in the final KCRO Lite of 2015!

Dec 7, 2015

Episode 22 - Jimmy Vivino


On this week's show, Michael, Angelo, and Jamie are joined by guitarist, band leader, and musical director Jimmy Vivino for a tour de force interview that touches on all aspects of rock. Best known as the guitarist and musical director for The Basic Cable Band on CONAN, Vivino joins the gang to discuss his career in music over the past 40 years as well as his love of rock and roll. Jimmy shares stories and anecdotes from his 23 years with Conan O'Brien, his experiences playing with artists like Al Kooper and Levon Helm, and that's just the tip of the iceberg! You won't want to miss a second of KCRO's extended interview with Jimmy Vivino, not only one of their most knowledgeable guests to date, but one of the biggest fans of rock and roll too! All this and much much more on this week's Keep Calm and Rock On Experience!

Nov 30, 2015

KCRO Lite - Easy Love and Marriage


On this week's KCRO Lite, Angelo, Jamie and Michael return to the Christino Compound to bring you all of the up to the minute rock and roll headlines in another edition of "Second Hand News". They gang will also address some listener feedback in the segment titled "The Mail Never Stops!" where one of their listeners has a few bones to pick with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This week's artist of the week is Hustle Dunn and the Die Tryin' all the way from the great state of Illinois. And of course, no KCRO Lite would be complete with out a visit from KCRO corespondent Rockin' Bobby Gee, who returns for part II on his "Beneath The Roots" segment celebrating the centenial of Frank Sinatra. All this and much much more on the Keep Calm and Rock On Experience!

Nov 23, 2015

Episode 21 - Innovations: The Home Studio


On this week's episode, Angelo, Jamie and Michael are back with their second part in a series of discussions, focusing on some of the most important and influential innovations in rock music history. This second installment features the innovation of the home studio. The gang discusses the history of home recording, when it started, how it's grown and how it has affected the recording industry With this advent of home recording, it has given all musical artists, both famous and beginners alike, the ability to be able to record music in the comfort of their own homes with out having to go into a recording studio. Will all three members agree that the home studio has in fact been influential? In today's second segment, it is the return of "Das Boot", the segment where each member of KCRO gives the boot to something or someone in rock and roll. Who gets the boot this week!? All this and much much more on this week's Keep Calm and Rock On Experience.


Nov 16, 2015

KCRO Lite - Audible Arrangements


On today's KCRO Lite, Michael, Jamie, and Angelo are back for another show to highlight the best of what's happening this week in rock and roll news with "Second Hand News". The guys will discuss the legacy of the amazingly talented Allen Toussaint. Listener comments and feedback will be reviewed in the segment titled "The Mail Never Stops" and they will showcase a brand new artist of the week from Baltimore, MD, Fake Flowers Real Dirt. Finally, KCRO Correspondent Rockin' Bobby Gee returns with the first of a two part series celebrating the life and career of Frank Sinatra on the eve of his 100th birthday celebration. All this and much much more on this week's KCRO Lite!

Nov 9, 2015

Episode 20 - Denny Tedesco, Director of "The Wrecking Crew"


On today's episode, Jamie, Angelo, and Michael are joined by director and producer Denny Tedesco to talk about his recently released film "The Wrecking Crew" which takes a in-depth look at the lives and careers of the studio musicians who made up the legendary group of session artists in Los Angeles during the late 50s' through the early 1970's know as The Wrecking Crew. Denny and the gang discuss the legacy of these musicians and their incredible impact during the infancy of rock and roll music. Playing on songs by artists like The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, Sonny and Cher, Simon & Garfunkel, The Ronettes, The Mamas and the Papas, and countless others, the musicians that became known as The Wrecking Crew unknowingly influenced every artist that came after them. Musicians like Tommy Tedesco, Carol Kaye, Hal Blaine, and dozens more paved the way for the rock musicians who followed. Join the KCRO team for this trip through rock and roll history with their special guest, Denny Tedesco. All this and much much more on this week's Keep Calm and Rock On Experience.


Nov 2, 2015

KCRO Lite - Hangin' with Mr. Kooper Part 2


On today's very special KCRO Lite, Angelo, Jamie, and Michael finally get to share the second half of their interview with rock and roll legend Al Kooper. After Part 1 in which Al and the guys discuss his amazing career as a keyboardist, songwriter, band leader, and producer, Part 2 focuses on what Al has been up to over the past 15 years as he discusses a technological advance from the early 2000s that changed his life forever! What is it exactly that Al does every Thursday night at 11:59pm and how did he translate that into a blog called "New Music for Old People" that he ran for over four years? You'll also hear from this week's Artist of the Week, Tennessee Stiffs from Austin, Texas, and as always, Rockin' Bobby Gee is back with another installment of his  "Beneath the Roots", saga, this time with part 2 of the history of folk music. Al this and much much more on this week's KCRO Lite.

Oct 26, 2015

Episode 19 - Live Overdubbing: Out of Bounds?


On this week's show, Jamie, Michael & Angelo are back for another full length discussion, this time about the art of overdubbing when it comes to some of rock and roll's most famous live albums. Does overdubbing take away from the album or does is help make the live tracks even more memorable and impressionable? The gang with share their thoughts on the subject as well as talk about some of the biggest live rock albums of all time and whether or not they were actually "live" after all! In this week's second act, the group will tackle one of the biggest questions they get asked all the time. Who are the greatest fictional rock bands in history? The guys will try and agree on four acts to place on top of the KCRO Mount Rushmore of Fictional Bands. Who will make the cut? All this and much, much more on today's Keep Calm and Rock On!

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