Brian Kramer lays it down with the real feeling of the blues; communication between people.
His easy groove puts everyone in the blues spirit,
in the best sense of the word.
Great Stuff! -Bob Brozman
"Here are some superlatives that come to mind: Warm- inviting- positive- excellent playing- great tunes- great vocals-
great band- friendly, it "takes you in" and makes you want to stay in. The lyrics convey great messages and ideas and imagery without sounding "preachy" I think you have found your own style, and that's no mean feat..."
-Ronnie Peterson ISRAEL
Brian Kramer & the Couch Lizards must be one of Swedens best kept musical secrets..."
-Jefferson Magazine SWEDEN
"Brian Kramer & The Couch Lizards live up to their name. This is laid-back, lazy-afternoon, folksy music, well-written and played and produced with a gentle touch.
-Juke Blues UK
When Brian Kramer from Brooklyn was barely out of his teens he was hanging out with legendary blues men, picking up tips and advice from folks such as Buddy Guy and Junior Wells when they would visit his hometown in N.Y.C.
Junior took a particular liking to Brian and paid careful attention in showing him the right moves and how to play from the heart.
In 1989: Junior would join Brian on his first record Brian Kramer and the Bluesmasters featuring Junior Wells, Win or Lose. He backed Brian up on almost every track and Brian backed Junior up on four of his songs.
Former Rolling Stone, Mick Taylor was also part of these sessions as well as a gathering of the finest, most respected sidemen in the U.S.
Throughout the 90s Brian toured and continued to be a fixture within the New York club scene, performing frequently with the great Blues man Larry Johnson until re-locating overseas, seeking a broader range of opportunities.
In 1998: Brian was asked by internationally acclaimed artist Eric Bibb to join up with him
and perform on the road. Over the next two years, he accompanied Bibb on four successful coast-to-coast tours of the U.S. and Canada, throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Scandinavia and Japan.
Brian is also featured on Bibbs W.C Handy nominated CD release Home To Me, where from the opening notes of the very first track till the final riff of the last cut, Brians National slide guitar is like a thread in the tapestry on some of Bibbs most important and diverse music.
Brian has opened shows as special guest artist for Taj Mahal, John Mayall and has shared the stage & traded licks with Alvin Youngblood Hart, Bobby Rush, Bernard Allison, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Bob Brozman, Sven Zetterberg, Michael Barretto- (of Taj Mahals Hula Blues band), Otis Grand, Jimmy Dawkins and many others.
The Journey Continues!!!
Yes! Anywhere they'll have us...
Home base is Club Stampen in Stockholm every week.
From Robert Johnson to Chris Whitley and a world of folk music in between...(from folks 'round the world)
National Resonator guitars for slide, Gibson flat tops, Eastman archtop... AER amps
Music transends all boundaries!
Goes directly to the heart.
Focused intention is more important than flawless technique!