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Brian Kramer | The Nights of Blu-topia, Live at Club Stampen

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The Nights of Blu-topia, Live at Club Stampen

by Brian Kramer

Uplifting, Acoustic based World/Blues with finger-picking & National slide guitars."Where Brooklyn meets the Delta".
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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1. Just Sittin' Here Thinkin'
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2. Win or Lose
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3. Pause
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4. I Get It Wrong
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5. Everything Is Headed Somewhere
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6. Spirit of Washington Square
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7. Cypress Grove
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8. Say Goodbye to B'klyn
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9. Cross Boundaries
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10. Introducing the Nights of Blu-topia
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Album Notes
Reviews;

"Brian Kramer, a blues-man from Brooklyn, who has shared the stage with practically all the great names of blues, and excels in acoustic/bottleneck/national steel. This live album displays his skillfulness and his feeling for the six-string.
You come to think of John Hammond. The accompanying group is at their absolute best, and the sound quality is outstanding!"
-Eric Supparo / Le Cri Du Coyote Magazine

"One of the hottest blues albums of the North..."
-Rootsville.be

"On this album Brian Kramer gives a master-class in the kind of naturally easy, flowing country blues that somehow seem to lift the spirits.
There’s no undue haste or mad rush, Kramer plots his course through the gig with almost stately grace.
Because this recording is very much a labor of love for Kramer he indulges his enraptured audience and clearly revels in the nearly 13 minutes of “Cypress Grove”.
The track ebbs and flows and then ebbs again as Kramer allows it to develop at its own pace.
If ever 13 minutes had a life of its own, it’s in Cypress Grove, Kramer-style.
It was certainly no hardship to listen to and you get the sense that, up close, it must have been mesmeric.
The spell is only broken by the slice of funky soul that is “Say Goodbye To B’klyn” which follows.
The pull of listening to a musician completely at ease with his craft never lessens and Kramer manages to explore it completely.
“I Get It Wrong” has the world-weary, resigned air of a man well aware of his failings but complete comfortable with them while “Everything Is Headed Somewhere” has a simpler but no less appealing charm.
Musicians like Brian Kramer may go about their business with a minimum of fuss, but the intimate emotions of “Cross Boundaries” are no less deeply felt and the passion behind “Spirit Of Washington Square” no less real.
What this live album clearly shows is that musicians like Brian Kramer belong on stage, playing the blues, that is their reality and our delight."
-Maverick Magazine (UK June 2009)

“American born Blues man Brian Kramer is living in Stockholm already for more than 10 years and he has made a household name for him and his band. If it comes from his hometown Brooklyn or from the Delta or Mali, Brian Kramer redefines the blues at Club Stampen! Together with a hand full of Stockholm’s best musicians and some good friends and guest, Live at club Stampen give us a unique view on this artist!
From opener “Just Sittin’ here thinking” on, the blues is a steady companion on this album! Having worked with people like Roben Ford, Taj Mahal or Junior Wells to name but a few, his music is influenced by all kinds of styles & genres.
The man even incorporates African instruments in his music! However Brian Kramer’s blues is never mean or hard! Often relying on well known licks he nicked tons of little things from other tunes, but always creates something original with it. The majority of the tunes are well defined, true blues infested songs. “Spirit of Washington Square” is amongst the better songs on this album, while on “Cypress Grove” the man does some experimenting on this track!
Live at club Stampen is maybe not the best blues record ever made, but it is certainly an album that needs an award for its originality. This is Brian Kramer up- close and personal as you can see him in Stockholm!”
-Mr Blue Boogie/Billybop.be

"I thought it was time for some blues again. This time with the blues veteran Brian Kramer, who has recently released the album “Live at Club Stampen” under the name Brian Kramer & the Nights of Blu-topia. Brian invites us to an intimate and soulful performance in the company of great musicians like Mats Qwarfordt, “Iron Hand” Mike Haglund, Marcelo Nunez and Peter Freij.
It’s a wonderful collection of songs that Brian presents here. I find a nice earthy, positive (can I say that?) blues, together with folk music and bluegrass, which makes my feet move, and also nice bluesy singer/songwriter tunes. Good music, of course, always comes from within, but somewhere I feel that the blues lies as close as you can get to the soul. And judging from what I hear it would be real nice to meet a person like Brian Kramer."
-Pär Berglund, Meadow Music


“To make it simple – the album is smokin’ hot!
This is what I call a fabulous album. For those who think that you can’t be creative while playing acoustic blues, “Live At Club Stampen” is proof of how wrong they are. Great stuff!
-Przemek Draheim,
Journalist, Blues.PL & DJ for Radio SFERA, Poland


“The Brian Kramer Blues Jams at the Stampen Pub in the old town of Stockholm, every Saturday at 2 pm, is the only place to be on a Saturday afternoon. Brian's the numero-uno defender of live music in Stockholm and deserves all the cred he can get.
Brian's got a big heart and he's vital and essential to the Stockholm music scene.
The new album; Live at Club Stampen, sees Brian's Sat Blues Jam Band (beefed with incredible guitarist Chuck Anthony and mando-player Bert Deivert) run thru a number of songs we've learned to appreciate.
It captures the essence of Brian Kramer, the core of his greatness. Being a live-CD and knowing everything kicks louder and livelier live than studio, this is a well-working poster of the greatness of Brian.
The CD offers a number of great songs that works well on the stereo, but will more or less kick your ass live. Brian is a Live-artist. And this is an advertisement that will see people cueing up outside Stampen on Saturday afternoons and Blue Monday evenings.
I enjoy the CD, It's been spinning for a week and I haven't grown tired of it. Au contraire – it makes me wish for another Stampen Saturday.
Brian's got his mojo working solid.”
-Jonas Almquist; Journalist
(Also vocalist/songwriter/guitarist of the 80’s group Leather Nun)


"I love the record. It's your best one,
there's a poetry to it.
I listened to it three times and that's allot for me!"
-Izzy Young (of the legendary Folklore Center)


Bio
Brian Kramer, Brooklyn NY, certainly has earned his reputation, performing alongside legendary and acclaimed artists like; Taj Mahal, Junior Wells, Larry Johnson, Eric Bibb, Bob Brozman, Toumani Diabate and many others.
Brian has toured the world playing major festivals the UK, Canada, US, Portugal, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Poland, Netherlands, and Japan.
Most recently Brian was invited to perform and conduct workshops by the Dept. of Culture at one of the largest cultural festivals in South Africa.
Specifically with Brian in mind the Aardklop festival initiated the “Empowerment through Music” program where he was able to meet with many young musicians in the local Township area and share his ideas on how to use music in a positive, value creating way.
He also collaborated with the legendary World/Blues-man Taj Mahal for a recording along with local S. African musicians to help support this program.

Brian’s recordings have received praise from the international media and have given him a reputation for “uplifting, positive & inspirational Blues”.
“…you feel good from it, something eases you”.
“Blues based music that makes you happy while listening to it…”
His latest release; Brian Kramer & the Nights of Blu-topia, Live at Club Stampen (BKB 0004) has taken this a step further, bringing the listener to Brian’s home base at Club Stampen in Stockholm, where he has performed to a full house week after week for the past ten years and influenced a new generation of young performers. An excerpt from the 2005 book,
Encyclopedia of the Blues by Edward M. Komara reads;
“One important step in broadening the interest in blues music was the starting in the late 1990s of jam sessions at the club Stampen in Stockholm by the American singer and guitar player Brian Kramer.”
This high quality, multi-track recording features some of Sweden’s finest musicians as special guests and showcases Brian’s original material that spans the scope of his world/blues influences.
From Brooklyn NY to the Southern Delta to Mali, you can hear the fine thread that overlaps & connects each genre as it filters through Brian’s personal experience with his unique style and National slide guitar.
This recording is his most intimate and at home and it is 100% live so all the raw energy is there.
So, relax and take a journey to Blu-topia with Brian Kramer, you might not want to leave.

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