MIKE TRAMP - Stray From The Flock
March 5, 2019, 6 months ago
Stray From The Flock is Mike Tramp’s 11th solo album, and fifth in the last six years. The former frontman of White Lion and Freak Of Nature is a vastly underrated singer/songwriter, beautifully melding acoustic and electric guitars with impassioned and personal lyrics. First single and video “Dead End Ride” is a fresh take on the classic boy/girl relationship struggle.
“You Ain’t Free No More” would easily be at home as an old jukebox 45, akin to a more rocking version of a Bob Dylan protest song. Not surprising as Tramp has a tattoo of Dylan on his right forearm. Inked on Mike’s left forearm is a portrait of Phil Lynott; Thin Lizzy’s influence is heard loud and clear on “Best Days Of My Life”. “One Last Mission” is a toe-tapping ode to motorcycles. Tramp’s wisdom with words is present on “Live It Out” as he sings, ‘Even though you dodged a bullet, there is always a price to pay.’ Each of these ten songs tells a heartfelt story, the kind that can only be crafted after spending 30+ years writing, recording and touring. Definitely designed to be aired live in an intimate club setting, Stray From The Flock strikes an honest and undeniable connection with the listener; a feat far too rare these days.