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 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!

Oct 19, 2015

KCRO Lite - Hall Me, Maybe


On this week's edition of the show, it's the best of what's happening right now in rock and roll when Michael joins Angelo and Jamie all the way from California to help deliver this week's "Second Hand News" segment where they guys talk about this year's nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Another edition of "The Mail Never Stops" brings some the best listener comments and thoughts over the past few weeks. And as always, Rockin' Bobby Gee is back for another installment of his famed "Beneath the Roots" saga, this time discussing America's oldest form of music. All this and much much more including this week's artist of week, on The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast!

Oct 12, 2015

Episode 18 - G.E. Smith


On this week's episode, Jamie, Angelo, and Michael take the KCRO Podcast on the road for the first time to East Hampton, New York, to sit down with world renowned guitarist and band leader, G.E. Smith. G.E. is most known for his time as the leader of the Saturday Night Live Band during the show's most popular time period in the 80s and 90s. He has spent time as a member of Hall and Oates, Bob Dylan's touring band, and most recently, one of the guitarists and bassist on Roger Water's The Wall tour. G.E. joins the group to discuss his life long love affair with rock music and the guitar, including his upbringing in Pennsylvania, his love of vintage guitars, and his work with some of the greatest musicians in the world including Dylan, Bowie and Jagger. All this and much much more on this week's edition of The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast!

Oct 5, 2015

KCRO Lite - An Influential Podcast


On today's episode, The KCRO crew is back and ready to roll with another KCRO lite. Jamie, Angelo and Michael return after their monumental interview on last weeks' show with Al Kooper to recap some listener feedback and thoughts in "The Mail Never Stops". Michael heads into the newsroom to deliver the most up to date rock and roll news in the segment "Second Hand News". One controversial news story brings up a whole new topic for the hosts to discuss. You'll also hear from New York artist Lylak Munk who shares his song "Stomp Yo Feet" in the artist of the week segment. Finally, no KCRO Lite would be complete with out another installment of "Beneath The Roots" with KCRO Corespondent Rockin' Bobby Gee. This week, Bobby Gee looks back to the final days of Big Bands in his essay "A Disaster: The Musician's Strike of 1942". All this and much much more on the Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast!




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