The songs of Ric Kemper have been favourably compared with the work of recording
artists such as Arthur Lee and Syd Barrett. Ric was born in 1956 a year in which
some of the most seminal early rock & roll musicians such as Elvis Presley and Chuck
Berry were releasing singles onto the airwaves. In the UK rock & roll steadily pulsed
its way towards straight-laced British culture through mediums like Radio Luxembourg
whose transmission used to rise and fade over the airwaves like wraiths of evening
mist swirling uncertainly over the English Channel.
Ric dreamed of owning a Burn’s electric guitar in the 1960’s but the cereal box carton
competitions he filled in never yielded any response at all let alone the fabled
electronic instrument. He had to settle for an acoustic guitar and a teach-yourselfguitar BBC
publication from a defunct television programme. Ric’s first learnt tune was ‘Time
For Man To Go Home’, a well-loved calypso song.
During this time Ric became fascinated with the chord diagrams on the back of the
tutorial, many more chords than were required to strum along to the tunes in the
songbook. Ric went on collecting chords & listening to the radio through the 70’s&
subsequent decades & has used some of these chords to construct his own songs, which
he hopes you like. Please enjoy!