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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Sep 28, 2015

Episode 17 - Al Kooper


On today's episode, Michael, Jamie, and Angelo are joined by the legendary Al Kooper. Al's career has spanned over 50 years and he has been a part of the making of hundreds of recordings, not only as a guitarist and organ player, but as a songwriter, singer, producer, and musical director. Al share's stories with the KCRO crew about his time with Bob Dylan, recording albums like "Highway 61 Revisited" and "Blonde on Blonde" as well as the now infamous Newport Folk Festival performance where Dylan first plugged in! Al discusses his relationship with Mike Bloomfield and his time in groups like The Blues Project and the formation of Blood Sweat and Tears. Al also dives into his time producing the first three Lynyrd Skynrd albums, and shares a great little secret with the guys about "Sweet Home Alabama"! These are just a small sampling of the amazing stories and conversations had in this weeks' interview. Tune in for all this, and much much more on this week's Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast!

Sep 21, 2015

KCRO Lite - Tearjerkers and Canadian Cans


On today's edition of the show, it's the best of what's happening when Michael brings you the latest trending topics in rock and roll in the segment "Second Hand News". The guys also address listener feedback in the segment "The Mail Never Stops!". You'll hear from a new group from Austin, Texas called Acustyka, who bring a Latin feel to rock and roll. Finally, the guys are joined as always by KCRO's very own correspondent, Rockin' Bobby Gee who will present another edition of his "Beneath The Roots" Saga, this time paying tribute to the recently deceased producer, Bob Johnston. All this, and much much more on this week's Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast!

Sep 14, 2015

Episode 16 - Bob Margolin


On today's episode, Mike, Jamie. and Angelo are joined by blues guitarist Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin! Over the course of 45 year career, Bob has played with the legendary Muddy Waters, embarked on a solo career and put out a multitude of albums on his own. Bob has also written a book entitled "Steady Rollin" where he covers his career, the history of blues and even some blues fiction writing as well. He talks to the guys about his years on the road, his career with Muddy Waters, some great stories that he has lived through as a blues musician. Bob chats about his new album, due out in January called "My Road" and what the future of blues music looks like. All this and much much more on today's Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast!

Sep 7, 2015

KCRO Lite - When It's Done (It Will Come Out)


On this holiday weekend edition of the Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast, Angelo, Jamie and Michael return for another KCRO Lite. The gang will feature trending topics and whats happening now in the segment titled "Second Hand News" where we hear it first, and you hear it second! Also, they will answer listener feedback in "The Mail Never Stops!". We hear from Nashville rockers Zombie Garden Club who bring their fire to the KCRO Podcast with the song "Call It Love". KCRO Lite will wrap up as it does every week, with KCRO Corespondent Rockin' Bobby Gee for another installment of his "Beneath The Roots" saga, this time, about the mothers of folk and country music. All this and a whole lot more, on the Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast!

Aug 31, 2015

Episode 15 - Snowy White


On this week's edition of the show, Jamie, Angelo and Michael welcome guitarist Snowy White joining them all the way from England. A blues guitarist and session musician in the last 60s and early 70s, Snowy would latch on as a touring member of Pink Floyd, a permanent member of Thin Lizzy, and spend 14 years on the road with Roger Waters over the course of his 40 year career. Snowy discusses his time on the road as as a touring musicians and the differences between that and fronting his own group. They discuss his love of the blues and his long term relationship with his 1957 Gibson Gold top Les Paul. Snowy also shares his secret to a long lasting career in rock and roll: a good night's sleep! All this, and much much more on this week's edition of the Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast!

Aug 24, 2015

KCRO Lite - One Word, Rubbish


On today's episode, Michael, Jamie, and Angelo are back to answer listener emails in a segment titled "The Mail Never Stops" including one about a certain rock star who has been wearing shorts for the past 40 years! They hear from another new artist of the week and dive into the current rock and roll music trending topics in 'Second Hand News". The highlight of every KCRO Lite returns with another of Rockin' Bobby Gee's award winning segments from his "Beneath The Roots" saga, all about opening lines. All this and much more on this week's Keep Calm and Rock On!

Aug 17, 2015

Episode 14 - Fred Goodman on Allen Klein and the Business of Music


On this week's episode, Angelo, Jamie and Michael are joined by author and music business journalist Fred Goodman to discuss his recently released book "Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out The Beatles, Made The Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll". Fred discusses Allen Klein's life and his rise to fame as the world's most famous, and notorious music manager to artists like Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Fred helps to shed some light on the man behind the myths and legends. The group also talks about the business side of music including the state of music in 2015 and it's future. Fred's vast knowledge and passion for the business side of music makes for one of the best interviews on The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast yet!

Aug 10, 2015

KCRO Lite - Money For Suffrin' 'Cause The Hits Ain't Free


On this week's episode, Michael, Angelo and Jamie are joined by a very special guest in studio. They also refer back to their Dick Dale interview and play a clip that did not air during the initial episode where Dick discusses his health and his need to tour to keep himself alive. The KCRO team felt it was a very important topic that should be given it's on segment. The episode wraps up with another installment of "Beneath the Roots" with Rockin' Bobby Gee called "A.A. Meets at 10:00pm Sharp". All this and much much more on this week's episode of The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast.

Aug 3, 2015

Episode 13 - Innovations: The Electric Bass


On this week's episode, Angelo, Michael and Jamie introduce their newest series on innovations in rock and roll music, where they will discuss some of the lesser known and talked about innovations that have had a lasting impact on rock and roll music. The first installment deals with the invention of the electric bass guitar and how that one instrument made rock and roll music possible for so many artists in the 5os and 60s. With out the electric bass, there may not have been rock music as we know it! Later in the episode, they bring back one of their most talked about and beloved segments, "Das Boot" where each member of the group give the boot to someone or some aspect of rock music that needs to hit the road jack! All this and much much more on this week's episode of The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast.

Jul 27, 2015

KCRO Lite - Whistling Singers and Entertaining Surgeons


On this week's KCRO Lite, Jamie, Angelo and Michael are back to discuss some of the feedback they received from last week's Dick Dale interview in the segment "The Mail Never Stops". They discuss trending topics in rock and roll in the segment "Second Hand News" including Dave Grohl's impact on rock and roll. This week's artist of the week is Lyndsey Smith and Soul Distribution from Pittsburgh PA. And of course, they'll fire up our lighters and cell phones and welcome to the stage, Rockin' Bobby Gee to close the show with another installment of his "Beneath the Roots" segment titled "The Most Important Name You've Never Heard". All this and much more on the Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast!

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