February 23, 2019
The Five O’Clock Club
Review by: Bobby Caughron
Mike Tramp is a singer that I’ve been familiar with for many years. I had the original “Fight To Survive” album by White Lion back when they were virtually unknown. That changed quickly with the release of White Lion “Pride” in 1987. The band saw a huge following in the 80’s that continued on into the early 90’s before the group eventually disbanded. While Mike Tramp has been involved in several other great bands since including Freaks Of Nature, it’s worth noting that he’s spent most of the years since then developing and concentrating on his own solo career. In fact Tramp is set to release his 11th solo album called “Stray From The Flock” on March 1st.
Tramp took the stage around 9:30 pm at the Five O’ Clock Club for an all acoustic set. What’s apparent from the first note is that Mike Tramp is a true musician and has a deep connection with his songs. He’s seemingly no longer interested in being just the flavor of the month when it comes to popularity, but sincerely interested in conveying his thoughts and feelings through his music. That connection was obvious with the audience in attendance. Fans reveled in an extensive set list that included some of the greatest hits of his former band White Lion like “Wait”, “Cry For Freedom”, “Lady of the Valley” and “When the Children Cry” and songs from throughout his extensive solo career including the new song “Homesick” and one of my personal favorites “Trust In Yourself”.
For years, Tramp had tried to reunite White Lion with his former bandmate, Vito Bratta who seems to be no longer interested in participating in the music business. For quite some time it seemed to be a true source of tension and disappointment for Mike Tramp, but it really seems that he has done a tremendous amount of soul searching and thoroughly enjoys what he does with his solo career. While Tramp has moved on from his former band and the sound of that era, there is still a bright spot for White Lion‘s music in his performance. It’s great to hear those songs represented in an acoustic format, which also allows Tramp to present them in more of a storyteller atmosphere. The audience was thrilled with his performance from start to finish.
Mike Tramp is a rare breed these days in the music industry. Here’s a guy who hits the road and tours the states simply for his love of music and sharing it with others. Definitely, get a ticket and go see him live if he hits a venue anywhere near you. You’ll go home with a new found respect for both the man and his music.