Richard Koechli & Blue Roots Compagnie

Richard Koechli & Blue Roots Compagnie

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Finest Roots-Music! The spirit of Folk-rock meets the intensity of Blues and the lightness of ‚laidback’-Pop. Koechli presents melodic & outstanding Guitar works in a ‘Song is King!’- Conception and tells stories in French and English.

Biography

+++ The song "Mister Marketing Man" just made the RUNNER UP (top-thirty) at the Singer/Songwriter-Award, Round 6/2007 (We are listening.org) !! Thanks so much ! +++

Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Producer and author

Koechli is a professional and popular roots-musician from Switzerland since 1990.
He has played with many well known artists like Larry Garner (“…maybe I don't remember your face, but I never forget your Slide-guitar!”), Philipp Fankhauser, Hank Shizzoe, Jens Krüger, Yvonne Moore, Polo Hofer, Max Lässer, Reto Burrell, Jenny White, Andy Martin, N.Y.Cole, Keiser-Twins. He works as Studio musician and a producer for artists such as Daenu Brueggemann, KRIZZ or Blues-Max - and he has written two successful guitar-books for the famous German editor AMA ("Slide Guitar Styles" and "Best in the West“, translated in English and distributed by MELBAY). His new book „Masters of Acoustic Bluesguitar“ will be released 2008.

2002, Koechli decided to combine Celtic-Folkmusic with the Blues and he has produced an album called „Blue Celtic Mystery“ (MARA Records LC 06842). "Highly recommended!" (Glen Clifford, celtic-musicians.net). “He takes the myths of our lands and adds music that retains a hint of the ancient but is truly 21st century in style. He concocts new tales for our timeless times!“ (Nicky Rossiter, www.rambles.net ).

Koechli was a guitarist and instrumental-composer for a long time, but now he definitely seems to be on his way to the world of Songs. Together with his groovy and brilliant backup-band "Blue Roots Compagnie", Koechli just recorded a new album (meanwhile to be fourth), which presents him in best Singer/Songwriter manners and as a master of Slide guitar: The CD "laid-back" will be released in February 2008 on the label MARA-Records (LC 06842, distributed by AMA-Verlag, Cologne). Roots Music of the finest one, in two languages (French and English), sensitively produced! Koechli puts together the spirit of all his inspirations: from Blind Willie Johnson, Fred Mc Dowell and Elmore James to Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, from Gary Rafferty, Zachary Richard, Eric Clapton and Randy Newman to … his biggest influences: the laid-back-Masters J.J. Cale and Mark Knopfler.

Lyrics

Deep Water

Written By: Richard Koechli

As a young boy, when I was sad and lonely
`Cause for my girl I was not the one and only
I was searching for a song to drive my blues away
Across the river, I found a little place to stay

Deep water let me tell all my troubles
Deep river, (please) take away heartache and pain
Why don’t you bring back my baby home?
She’s the only one who can delight my soul

As a young man, when I was down and lost
I couldn’t find my way to evade the devil’s host
(But) I sang that song to drive my fears away
Across the river, where’s my little place to stay

Deep water let me tell all my troubles
Deep river, I know you could take away my life
Will there be an answer, if I decide to go home now?
Would I see the only one who can save my soul?

Now I’m a man, I’ve got some peace in my life
I’m on my way and I found a wonderful wife
Sometimes when the blues come fall-in down
I still sing that song

The day I’ll be old, sick n’ tired, I’ll going back to my place
Across that river, I’ll looking into your face
I know, every river is like the Mississippi
I know, water is flowing into the same big sea

Deep water let me tell all my troubles
Deep river, if you could swallow all my doubts
Cool down my restless mind, bring back my dreams
And tell me is there any way to wash my sins

Deep river will take away all my troubles
Deep water will solve all questions and fights
When I sing that song, I never feel alone
‘Cause deep water’s cleaning my soul
Deep water will gonna bring me back home

My Slide is crying

Written By: Richard Koechli

I can’t dance, I can’t move and sing like a superstar
Don’t play a lot of chords, don’t like scales n’ notes, I make it simply
No major-deal, no song in the play-lists
But there’s a flame I feel, maybe I can share with you …

When my Slide is crying
My Slide is smiling
My Slide is crying

I’m not standing at the crossroad; I’m not a “Hoochie Coochie Man”
My sweetheart doesn’t drive me crazy; my Lord never closes the door
I can’t change the world; I don’t wanna to save your soul
But there’s no dodge to chase away my Blue Anxiety

That’s why my Slide is crying
My Slide is not lying

These days everybody slides, they sell the bottleneck down the river
That same howl in every commercial
That same screech in every top-40-hook
So where is my place? Let me try to find my own way…

When my Slide is crying
My Slide is smiling
My Slide is crying
Sometimes even a little bit boastful …

Une dernière fois

Written By: Richard Koechli

Je n’ai pas honte de vivre dans la rue
J’ai bien appris à montrer toutes mes blessures
Non, non, je n’avais pas le choix
C’est la vie qui me demande ça

Si longtemps que je cherche cette lumière
Ce n’est pas facile de maîtriser mes colères
Même un SDF, chaque jour il a soif …
de trouver son âme, de trouver sa place

Laisse-moi une dernière fois jouer le clown pour toi
Laisse-moi chanter, danser, raconter mon histoire
Offre-moi un sourire, un petit coup d’admiration
Et pour une pièce, je ne dirais pas « non »

Ce n’est pas le chômage ni la faim qui m’écrase
Mais le vide, cette solitude qui me casse
Le froid dans tes yeux (il) efface mon étoile
La flèche du dédain c’est du poison fatal

Je voudrais être fier de moi
Je voudrais réussir juste une fois
Je n’ai qu’une seule mission
Je n’ai qu’une seule envie
C’est d’être un artiste de rue

Laisse-moi une dernière fois jouer le clown pour toi
Laisse-moi chanter, danser, raconter mon histoire
Offre-moi un sourire, un petit coup d’admiration
Et pour une pièce, je ne dirais pas « non »

Laisse-moi une dernière fois jouer le clown pour toi
Laisse-moi une dernière fois danser chanter pour toi
Offre-moi ton sourire, juste avant que je me tire
Demain, je vais quitter cette ville
Demain, je vais vous laisser tranquille
Demain, je vais quitter cette ville
Je ne reviendrai jamais…

Searching for a new God

Written By: Richard Koechli

Chorus:
Yes I know I’ve got to search for a new God
‘Cause your God, he cannot be mine
Yes I know I’ve got to search for a new dream
‘Cause your dream is not made for me

Verse 1:
Father is busy; he’s got to save all these grand nations
Jesus must be burn out to shine on all those leaders ‘n’ saviours
Holy mother’s consoling millions of dieing children,
while angels have got to guide all those cannon-balls

Chorus ...

Verse 2:
I still walk across the borderline
Like everyone, everyday I look into devils’ eye
Don’t like double talk! I need someone to help me stand,
but not to wash the blood from my hands.

Chorus ...

Mister Marketing Man

Written By: Richard Koechli

Maybe … I’m working in a big-store, (I’m) trying to sell
(But) it seams that I couldn’t sell ice water in hell
What can I do? I’m just a simple man

Maybe … I fall in love with a pretty young girl
(But) I’m on the wrong side of forty, I’m not a lady-killer
What can I do? No money to be her sugar-daddy
I need the right words to win that game.
(I) don’t find these words to win that game.

It’s time to ask my advertising-expert
I’m sure he can help me find my way, so I say:

Hey, hey, Mister Marketing-Man
Give me the right words, I need a plan
Words can do anything; they can help me to win
Don’t wanna be a ‘nobody’ for the rest of my life
Just have to be eloquent, that’ll whet my knife

Maybe …I’m an artist, a tambourine-man
What can I do to be well-known in tin-pan alley?

Maybe … I’m a man of science, (I’m) trying to explain
But how can I hide my doubts? I have to sell my doctrine

Maybe … I’m the President; I have to lead all these states.
But how explain to my people, (that) killing cannot be (a) mistake?

Hey, hey, Mister Marketing-Man
Help me make a point, I wanna safe our clan
Words can do anything; they can help me to win
Don’t wanna be a ‘nobody’ for the rest of my life

Hey, hey, Mister Marketing-Man
Don’t mind your own business, hey, I need a plan!
Show me the way to be an eloquent, smart man
(I) don’t wanna be a ‘nobody’ for the rest of my life
I need words, to be on the safe side …

Blue Lord (Depression Blues)

Written By: Richard Koechli

I gave all the best to be a brave man
I worked so hard to hide all my pain
Now it feels like all the way has been in vain
Would I ever see that light again?

Oh no, no, Blues, I don’t wanna see your face
Oh no, Blue Lord, I don’t wanna hear your voice
Oh Lord, Blue Lord, if I could only have a choice
Dark clouds make me feel sold and done

I wanna stay at home, sweet home
Where ground isn’t so cold,
where night isn’t so dark
But when I hear your call,
even if I close the door:
You will catch me, my lord
You will lash me, my lord

Oh no, Blue Lord, don’t burn down my home
Oh Lord, Blue Lord, I feel the end has come
Oh no, no, Lord, please, don’t erase my name
It would never be the same
I will never be the same ...

Discography

As Composer/Artist

- Richi Köchli "Trains of Thought" (1993, greenmeadow)
- Richard Koechli "Envole-toi" (1997, Hear Wego 38237, cod)
- Richard Koechli "Blue Celtic Mystery"
(2003, MARA Records/AMA-626635)
- Richard Koechli "laid-back" (2008, MARA-Records/AMA-626668)

As producer/arranger:

- Hans Marty "gschpannt" (1999)
- Hans Marty, "vu miär zu Diär" (2003, Zytglogge-Verlag Zyt 4885)
- KRIZZ "Blue And Grey" (2004, Turicaphon ESP 73648)
- Daenu Brueggemann "Eis fuer e Blues und di"
(2005, Zytglogge-Verlag Zyt 4091)
- KRIZZ "Blue Moods" (2006, Turicaphon AG (AMC 9517510)

As author (books with CD):

- Richard Köchli "Slide Guitar Styles" (1997, AMA-Verlag, ISBN 3-927190-90-X)
- Richard Köchli "Best in the West" (2000, AMA-Verlag, ISBN 3-932587-35-9)
- Richard Köchli "Best in the West", English-Translation by Martin Theiler USA (2004, AMA-Verlag/MEL BAY, ISBN: 3-89922-015-3)
- Richard Köchli "Masters of Acoustic Bluesguitar" (will be released in 2008 by AMA-Verlag).

Set List

Normally, Koechli plays 2 Sets (2 x 60 minutes); Songs from his new album “laid-back”, some tunes (instrumentals) from his older CDs, and some assorted cover-songs from the Folkrock- and Blues-roots. But he and his band are flexible and willing to be as close as possible to each event/audience.