In The Groove with MC5 Guitarist Wayne Kramer

In The Groove features musicians, politicians and everybody in between talking about three formative songs from three formative years of their life. On this edition of In The Groove, CultureShift talks with MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer about the music that shaped him throughout his life.

“I had a neighbor who had a copy of “Ready Teddy” by Little Richard,” says Kramer. “Little Richard just turned me out. When I heard that fervor in his singing and the drumming of Earl Palmer — just slamming that beat — it was from another planet.”

Kramer has kicked out the jams for the MC5, helped bring music programs into dozens of U.S. prisons with his Jail Guitar Doors initiative and has created music for shows like HBO’s cult comedy “Eastbound & Down.”

Click on the audio player above for the full conversation. 

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Ryan Patrick Hooper

Host, CultureShift

Ryan Patrick Hooper has worked as an arts and culture journalist in Detroit for over a decade.   Follow @hoopingtonpost

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