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"JC Flyer of Gritz Magazine Highly Praises Alligator Crawl CD"

Billy C has joined forces with Rich Kirch, who for 14 years was lead guitarist for the late, great John Lee Hooker. The result is a stunning new cd released in June, 2005, Alligator Crawl. It has been proclaimed by J.C. Flyer of Gritz Magazine as one of the best cds released this year and by Francois Pfieffer of the French publication Blues Magazine, "the foundation stone of a duo that will go down in history. The band has been touring and knockin' 'em dead at venues around the country!

- Gritz Magazine


Billy C. Farlow
BCF with Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
BCF, vocals, harmonica, songwriter
1971 “Lost in the Ozone” Paramount Records PAS6017
1972 “Hot Licks, Cold Steel and Trucker’s Favorites”
Paramount Records PAS6031
1973 “Country Casanova” Paramount Records PAS6054
1974 “Live From Deep In The Heart of Texas”
Paramount Records PAS 1017
1975 “ Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen”
Warner Bros. Records BS 2847
1975 “Tales From The Ozone” Warner Bros. Records BS 2883
1976 “We Got A Live One Here” Warner Bros. Records BS
1988 “Sleazy Roadside Stories” Relix RRLP2028
1990 “Aces High” Relix RRLP
1993 “Worst Case Scenario” AIM1043
1996 “Continuing Adventures of” AIM1059
Other Ventures Include
1991 “I Ain’t Never Had Too Much Fun” Appaloosa APO74-2
1994 “Gulf Coast Blues” Appaloosa AP102-2
1995 “Blue Highway” BCF and Bleu Jackson Taxim 1016-2
2000 “Rockabilly Blues” TKO Magnum CDMF106
2001 “Southern Moon” Zane ZNCD1017
2004 “Juke Joint Friday Night” Rocket City RCR 100-1
2004 “Good Whiskey” BCF and Bleu Jackson Taxim
2005 “ Alligator Crawl” BCF and Rich Kirch Globe Records
BCF on Compilations
1981 “First Press” Rail LP101
1992 “Good Whiskey Blues” Taxim 1004-2TA
1994 “Appaloosa Compilation” Appaloosa AP1994
1995 “Even More Good Whiskey Blues” Taxim TX1015-2TA
1998 “Finger Poppin’ Time Vol. 1” Repete 2250
2000 “Blues from the Heart of Dixie” axim TX

Rich Kirch
1976 Jimmy Dawkins "Come Back Baby"
1976 Andrew "Blueblood" McMahon “Go Get My Baby”1981
1981 Jimmy Dawkins "Hotwire 81"
1981 Hip Linkchain "Change My Blues"
1982 Jimmy Dawkins "Feel The Blues"
1982 Jimmy and Hip "Live!"
1982 American Livin' Blues , France May 25, 1982
1984 Tyrone Centuray "Outer Space Circus"
1984 Hip Linkchain “Airbuster”
1985 Lefty Dizz / T-Bone Pegues “Bad Avenue”
1985 The Texas T-Bone Revue "Psychobilly Jazz"
1991 Birdlegg & The Tight Fist Blues Band
“Good Time Blues”
1992 John Lee Hooker “Boom Boom”
1995 John Lee Hooker “Chill Out“
1996 Lori Davidson “Slow Traffic Keep Right”
1998 John Lee Hooker “Best of friends”
1999 Rich Kirch “Augusta Boulavard Blues”
2000 Pete Sears “The Long Haul”
2002 Freddie Hughes “The Best of Freddy Hughes”
2003 Kathi McDonald “Kathi McDonald”
2005 Farlow Kirch Band “Alligator Crawl”
2005 Ruben Trejo “Send Me an Angel”



Billy C. Farlow
Regardless of where Billy C. Farlow’s travels take him, the rhythm and blues of his deep Southern roots stay firmly imbedded in his soul. Growing up in Alabama, Indiana and Texas, he drew his inspiration from both black and white musicians. In is early teens he learned the guitar and harmonica. He wasn’t satisfied with simply mastering renditions of the classics. His musical ear and attraction to poetry combined to form original blues, gospel, and rock n’ roll tunes.
While originally from the gospel belt of Northern Alabama, Billy later did “hard time” in Blues-revived Detroit in the mid-60’s, Farlow partnered with legendary talents such as Sippie Wallace, Big Joe Williams, James Cotton, and Hooker himself. Integrating his Southern country/gospel roots with the urban traditional blues, Farlow has collaborated through the years with both country and blues legends such as Charlie Musselwhite, Merle Haggard, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley only to name a few. However, he is probably known best as the wildly extroverted front man and harmonica player for Commander Cody and His Lost Airmen

Rich Kirch
Rich met the late John Lee Hooker in the mid 70’s in Chicago. At John’s invitation he moved from Chicago to the Bay Area in 1988, living with John for three years. He played with John Lee Hooker and the Coast to Coast Blues Band for 13 years until John Lee’s passing. Tours with the group included Brazil in 1989, Europe in 1990 and 1991 as well as throughout the United States and Canada between 1988 and 2001.
Prior to playing with John Lee, Rich was a regular part of the 70’s Chicago Blues Scene playing, recording and touring with the Jimmy Dawkins Blues Band. They toured the United States, Canada, and Europe in 1977 and 1981. They were part of the American Living Blues Festival that toured Europe in1982. In the 80’s Rich was part of the Jimmy Rodgers Blues Band with Ted Harvey on drums and Frank Bandy on bass. Pinetop Perkins or Johnny (Big Moose) Walker played piano with Little Joe Berson or George “Wild Child” Butler featured on harp. Rich, Sam Lay, Pinetop Perkins and Frank Bandy also played with Charlie Musselwhite when he would come to the Midwest.
Rich has recorded with numerous artists both in the studio and live. His solo album “Augusta Boulevard Blues” was produced by John Paul Dejoria of Paul Mitchell Systems and his daughter Alexis and featured John Lee Hooker, Big Walter Horton, Sam Lay, Charlie Musselwhite, Freddy Roulette, Pete Sears, Kenney Baker, and Deacon Jones.
During Rich’s time with John Lee some of the musicians he has shared the stage with include: Hubert Sumlin, Willie Dixon, Bob Weir, Greg Allman, Tom Petty, Rob Wasserman, Bonnie Raitt, Dickie Peterson (Blue Cheer), Kathi McDonald, Santana, Junior Wells, Luther Tucker and Elvin Bishop