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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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Jul 20, 2015

Episode 12 - Dick Dale

 

On this week's episode of The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast, the guys are joined by one of the most influential and important people in the history of rock and roll, The King of the Surf Guitar, Dick Dale. Pioneering an entire sub genre of music known as "Surf Rock", Dick Dale has served to influence Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, and countless others in his over 60 years in music. With classics like "Miserlou", "Let's Go Tripping" and "Pipeline", he will forever be recognized as a legendary player and technician. With his innovations with Leo Fender in developing variations of the Fender amp, the JBL 15 inch speaker, and the Echoplex echo machine, Dick has had an influence both on and off the stage. Celebrate the career of the King of the Surf Guitar on The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast!

Jul 13, 2015

KCRO Lite - Yoko Oh No!

 

On tonight's KCRO Lite, the whole gang is back together to answer listener mail in another edition of "The Mail Never Stops!". Michael, Jamie, and Angelo discuss some of their listeners favorite debut albums and they dive into the debate about Yoko Ono's impact on John Lennon and the Beatles. Angelo returns to the news desk to discuss the latest in rock news. This week's artist of the week, Signal-to-Noise from Chicago. KCRO corespondent Rockin' Bobby Gee is also back with another installment of his "Beneath the Roots" segment where he talks about American's 1st Century of music. All this and much more on Keep Calm and Rock On!

Jul 6, 2015

Episode 11 - The First Cut is the Deepest - The 1960s

 

Jamie, Angelo, and Michael are back in another full length edition of The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast. The power trio of podcasting dive into their thoughts on what makes a great debut album. Is it total record sales, the amount of hit songs, or is it a much deeper impact those albums have? They explore debut albums from the decade that got it all started, the 1960s. Which groups or artists made the cut? You'll have to listen to find out. We also hear from an expert on the topic, Rolling Stone contributing editor, Anthony DeCurtis to get his take on the best debut albums of the 60s. The KCRO crew also reviews a recent Nils Lofgren concert they attended in Northern Virginia and they answers more questions in another edition of "Ride the Lightning". Join KCRO for all this and much more!

Jun 29, 2015

KCRO Lite - Lonely Boy

 

On this week's KCRO Lite, co-host Jamie Green is flying solo as Angelo and Michael are both on special assignment! Jamie debuts a new segment entitled "The Mail Never Stops". You will also hear a report from the news desk as The Killer takes a look at the newest developments in streaming music. We hear from this week's unsigned band, Fist Funk Fury from Chicago, and as always, the episode ends with another edition of "Beneath the Roots" with Rockin' Bobby Gee entitled "Emo to My Ears". All this and much more on this week's KCRO Lite!

 

 

Jun 22, 2015

Episode 10 - Anthony DeCurtis

 

On this week's episode of the Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast, Michael, Angelo and Jamie are joined by Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis. They discuss Anthony's long career as a music journalist and author including his upcoming biography on Lou Reed. Anthony also discusses his role on the Nomination Committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his time growing up in New York City, and the KCRO crew picks his brain on all things Rock and Roll!

Jun 15, 2015

KCRO Lite - Neil's Negligence

 

On this weeks' episode of KCRO Lite, Jamie, Angelo, and Michael discuss Rush's current tour, The Grateful Dead's new 80 disc live box set and a new study claiming Americans don't listen to new music after the age of 33. We hear from Americana band Letitia VanSant & The Bonafides as well as another stirring entry of "Beneath the Roots" from KCRO corespondent, Rockin' Bobby Gee. This and much more on The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast!

Jun 8, 2015

Episode 9 - Jim Weider

 

This week on The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast, the KCRO crew is joined by guitar great, Jim Weider. Born in famed Woodstock, New York, Jim Weider is a true master of the Fender Telecaster. A session player for many years, Jim would join The Band in 1985 when the group reformed several years after "The Last Waltz". With Jim, The Band would release their outstanding comeback album in 1993 entitled "Jericho". Check out the opening track "Remedy" for an example of Jim's song writing abilities. He's enjoyed such career highlights as performing at the Berlin Wall concert produced by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert, and producing 6 internationally distributed guitar instructional videos for Homespun Video. The list of artists Jim has worked with reads long and proud. In addition to Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, and Rick Danko of The Band, Jim has also performed and recorded with Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Scotty Moore, Graham Park, Los Lobos, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Paul Butterfield, Bob Weir and countless others. Jim also performs as one fourth of Project Percolator, releasing the album "Pulse" in 2009. Currently, Jim is helping uphold the legacy of The Band by performing with The Weight, performing the songs of The Band.

Jun 1, 2015

Episode 8 - What Is & What Could Have Been


The music business it filled with many types of stories. Drama, romance, comedy, and tragedy. Success, failure, and everything in between that has derailed careers. Who could have been more than they turned out to be? Who, through circumstances like poor timing, bad decision making, & the politics of the music business, failed to achieve the stardom that others could attain? What is & what could have been on today's episode of The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast.

May 25, 2015

KCRO Lite - Rivals & Kings

In this week's episode of KCRO Lite, Jamie, Angelo and Mike talk about the passing of blues legend B.B. King and discuss rock bands Rival Sons and The Killers. KCRO Corespondent Rockin' Bobby Gee returns for a fascinating look at Johnny Cash's place in pop culture and music in another installment of "Beneath the Roots." All this, and a whole lot more on The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast!

May 17, 2015

Episode 7 - Nils Lofgren

 

On this week's episode of The Keep Calm and Rock On Podcast, Michael, Angelo & Jamie are joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Nils Lofgren. Over a 46 year career, Nils Lofgren has not only spent time playing with Neil Young and as a member of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, but he has also had a storied solo career that has spanned decades. Nils discusses his career with the KCRO crew as well as his song writing process, his new 10 disc retrospective "Face The Music" and his current duo tour. All this, and much more on this week's Keep Calm and Rock On.

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