Show Summary: Zama Rripa talks to Johnny and Raylene about "American Soul", his passion project inspiring others to live free and reject the shackles of the State, hoping to change the culture and plant the seeds of self-ownership. He sees the problems that exist and wants to share with others what the solutions are. His vibe is chill, his dialogue is smooth and thoughtful, and you'll love listening to Zama's insights and ideas. Get familiar with this free-spirit activist in art today!
About The Guest: Zama Rripa is a liberty-peace-love-minded-street-busking-singer-songwriter-troubadour in Miami, Florida, USA, by way of Los Angeles, California, USA, with a new album out, “American Soul.” Rripa’s toured the world over; performed solo and with dozens of bands of all styles; played football for Florida State University; acted on stage; in television, and in a handful of Hollywood films; has a B.A. in Literature; an M.P.S. in Economic Development; went to law school too; and holds a P.U. against all things anti-liberty; has contributed to libertarian sites such as LewRockwell.com, EconomicPolicyJournal.com, TargetLiberty.com, and Ron Paul’s Voices of Liberty; and he’s been a ghost writer, ghost-rider, and ghost-buster when he's had to be. He’s also been named the best bartender in the Western World by everyone who’s had the pleasure of indulging in his rousingly soul-stirring, mixological delights.
About The Record: “American Soul” the song, was inspired by a Jeff Deist Facebook post awhile back. Deist ripped Bono of U2 for some ridiculous things he said about Americans and politics in a Rolling Stone interview. There’s back-story for the song, with references, here: https://iamzamarripa.com/music/. ß- This page on my site has backstories for all of the songs. “American Soul” the song is the 6th song on the album. It references U2’s song “American Soul” and all of their hits, ridicules Bono for his hypocrisy and disingenuousness, and identifies liberty as the true “American Soul.” It’s the spirit of “Sweet Home Alabama” (slamming Neil Young) but more in the style of Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” Here’s the lyric video: https://youtu.be/UAlVbEJIm68 I decided to call the album “American Soul” because the album is about liberty. In other words, the album is about American Soul.
About The Host: Johnny “Rocket” Adams was the creator and host of “The Johnny Rocket Launch Pad – Libertarian Rock n’ Roll Experience” and now “BLAST OFF with Johnny Rocket!” He’s also a musician, graphic artist, author, and former Chief Warrant Officer. Johnny spent his early days earning his stripes as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. Back stateside, Johnny immersed himself in the classic works of Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, and Ludwig von Mises. From there the AnCap known as “Johnny Rocket” was born. Speaking truth to power from your cell phone tower, Johnny digests the philosophy of liberty and brings them to the man on the street on a weekly basis. Johnny Rocket was also the front-man of the rockabilly group “Hot Roddin’ Romeos” and puts pencil to paper with the critically acclaimed comic series “The Liberty Force.” New York Times best-selling author and podcast host Tom Woods calls Johnny Rocket “one of the most entertaining figures in the liberty movement.”
About the Co-Host: Raylene Lightheart is an activist in the libertarian movement. She is a dedicated wife and homeschool mom of five. She is passionate about self-ownership, free association community, and unfettered liberty. Raylene is the director of marketing and sales of Launchpad Media Group.
She is the assistant communications director for Libertarian Party of Washington State and also serves as Region 3 alternate. She also is on the board of Libertarian Party of Kitsap County and was awarded the 2018 Porcupine Award for LPWA. As a child, Raylene dreamed of being in broadcasting. When Johnny asked her to be the co-host for his new show, Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket she was thrilled to have the opportunity to advance liberty through education, outreach, and entertainment.
About Ground Control: Benjamin Wiegold is a fellow Libertarian, from the corrupt state of Illinois. Ben is the new producer, sound engineer, and editor of the Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket. Ben has also done work for the Mises Institute and numerous other publications. Ben is a musician, hardcore anarchist, and just an all-around cool dude!
Host Website: www.blastoffshow.com or thelaunchpadmedia.com/blastoff
Music Provided By:
The Go-Getters - “Everybody’s Rockin’”
Joey Altruda - “Swingin’ Tassles”
Mars Attacks - “Blood and Thunder”
Joey Altruda - “The Big Payoff”
Zama Rripa - “Blowback”
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Recorded At :
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Johnny uses the legendary Electrovoice RE-20 microphone, Top Of the Line Mogami cables, The industry standard DBX 286s, ART EQ355 Dual Channel 31-Band Equalizer, Focusrite Scarlet 6i6, and smokes “the sweet Turkish blend “of his Camel cigarettes.
Base One: Federal Way, Washington 98003: Raylene uses a Rode Podcaster microphone. The RODE Podcaster makes high-quality computer recording easy!
Blast Off! is pre-recorded, mixed, and mastered by Benjamin Wiegold. The theme song of "Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket “is "Roots Rock" Performed by Hot Rod Walt and Psycho DeVilles from the record Supercharger (2007) self-released at www.psychodevilles.com. After Party song “Positivity” is from the record Kingston Cocktail (1997) by Joey Altruda released by Will Records. The All-Nighter song is “Christy” and is from the record “Cocktails with Joey” (1995) by Joey Altruda released by Will records. Please visit https://www.discogs.com/artist/337572-Joey-Altruda to purchase Joey’s music. All songs used with permission from artists.