Bill Kirchen Band

Bill Kirchen Band

BandAmericana

I play American roots music. Eight albums of my own, Grammy nominated, I also was the lead guitarist, vocalist and co-founder of Commander Cody. I've recorded for Doug Sahm, Hoyt Axton, Nick Lowe, Link Ray and Gene Vincent.

Biography

Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step on any stage, play those trademark licks which drove the seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten nationwide, and elicit instant recognition for a career that’s spanned over 30 years and includes performances with names like Nick Lowe,Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and Danny Gatton. Named ‘A Titan of the Telecaster’ by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, and in the Western swing of Texas and California honky tonks. An apt description of Bill’s singing, songwriting and guitar playing skill is provided in this quote from Nick Lowe: “He's like a devastating culmination of the elegant and funky... a really sensational musician, with enormous depth.”

A winner of multiple Wammies over the years, In 2002 Bill Kirchen was one of three artists inducted into the Washington Area Music Association Hall of Fame along with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana)and John Phillip Sousa. A Kirchen performance recalls a half century of guitar legends ”from C&W virtuosos like Merle Travis, Joe Maphis and Grady Martin to rock legends like Scotty Moore, James Burton, Duane Eddy, all the way to Jimi Hendrix” and extends their brilliance into the present. This is well captured on his latest CDs: Raise A Ruckus,Hot Rod Lincoln - Live! and Tied to the Wheel on HighTone Records, featuring the 2001 Grammy nominatedoriginal composition"Poultry in Motion". His latest release for the Cracker Barrel label is Dieselbilly Road Trip.

Bill accompanied Ralph Stanley on a national broadcast of Mountain Stage radio. He performed at the 25th year reunion radio show of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen on the widely syndicated Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion in January 2001. He fronted an allstar band benefitting Rep. Dave Obey with ex-Dead Mickey Hart on drums and Bruce Hornsby on piano. Some more recent international touring highlights have been the Blue Highways Festival in Utrecht Holland with the Twangbangers in 2002 and with Austin deLone in 2005, the Country Rendez-Vous Festival with Too Much Fun, in France, the Byron Bay Blues Festival in Australia with The Paladins and, back in the USA,The Philadelphia Folk Festival where Bill single-handedly brought down the house with his solo semi-acoustic set. The latest Nick Lowe CD Untouched Takeway, recorded live on Nick’s Impossible Bird Tour in 1995, features Bill on guitar as well as singing lead vocal on Tombstone Every Mile. His next exciting project is recording in Nashville this fall with Greg Trooper on a new album of Greg’s original material which will be produced by the great singer-songwriter Dan Penn. This summer Bill will be on tour with The Hacienda Brothers, (Chris Gaffney & Dave Gonzales) in the midwest. He returns to play the National Folk Festival, in Lowell MA.

Discography

KING OF DIESELBILLY HighTone 2006
TIED TO THE WHEEL HighTone 2002
26 DAYS ON THE ROAD HighTone 2001
THE RETURN OF WAYNE DOUGLAS -Doug Sahm- TORNADO RECORDS 2000
RAISE A RUCKUS HighTone 1999
HOT ROD LINCOLN - LIVE! HighTone 1997
HAVE LOVE WILL TRAVEL Black Top 1996
THE IMPOSSIBLE BIRD-Nick Lowe- Upstart 1994
TOMBSTONE EVERY MILE Demon(93), Black Top(94)
PARTY OF ONE- Nick Lowe Warner Bros. 1991
TOO MUCH FUN-Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen (CC&HLPA) MCA 1988
CODY RETURNS FROM OUTER SPACE Edsel(Demon) 1987
THE VERY BEST OF CC&HLPA See-For-Miles 1986
LET'S ROCK-CC Blind Pig 1984
RUSH HOUR-The Moonlighters Demon 1983
WHERE DID THE MONEY GO-Hoyt Axton Jeremiah 1980
GENE VINCENT ( Live In San Francisco) See-For-Miles 1980
LOSE IT TONIGHT-CC Peter Pan 1979
FREE SAILING-Hoyt Axton MCA 1978
THE MOONLIGHTERS Amherst 1977
WE'VE GOT A LIVE ONE-CC&HLPA Warner Bros. 1976
COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN Warner Bros. 1975
TALES FROM THE OZONE-CC&HLPA Warner Bros. 1975
LIVE FROM DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS-CC&HLPA Paramount-Now MCA 1974
BE WHAT YOU WANT-Link Wray Polydor 1973
COUNTRY CASSANOVA-CC&HLPA Paramount-Now MCA 1973
HOT LICKS, COLD STEEL & TRUCKERS FAVORITES-CC&HLPA Paramount-Now MCA 1972
LOST IN THE OZONE-CC&HLPA Paramount- Now MCA 1971
GUEST APPEARANCES:
SATELLITE - GIT WITH
BILL KIRCHEN EP CROXTON RECORDS
(Australia) 2004
UNTOUCHED TAKEAWAY
NICK LOWE LIVE YEPROC 2004
DOUG SAHM - THE RETURN OF WAYNE DOUGLAS TORNADO RECORDS 2000
SAYIN WHAT I'M THINKIN
SARAH BROWN BLIND PIG RECORDS 1996

Set List

Mostly originals from my solo recordings and from my days as vocalist with Commander Cody