Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun
Guitar Player Magazine dubbed him the Titan of the Telecaster. Rolling Stone said hes an American treasure and one of our best. One of the best guitarists on the planet says Elmore Magazine. No matter what you call him, Bill Kirchen is a founding father of the Americana movement, now at the peak of his impressive career.
Kirchen was originally known as co-founder and lead guitarist of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, one of the first and only rock-n-roll bands to infuse their honky-tonk sound with pure, blood-and-guts country roots and western swing. It was Kirchens indelible guitar licks that drove their hit, Hot Rod Lincoln, into the Top Ten in 1972, a song that eventually took on a post-Cody life of its own. Today, Kirchens extended version of Hot Rod Lincoln is his universally loved signature masterpiece, a pumped up joyride through the last 60 years of guitar-god history, described as epic by Rolling Stone.
In 2001, Kirchen received a Grammy nomination for his instrumental Poultry in Motion. The following year he was inducted into the Washington Area Music Association Hall of Fame, neatly sandwiched between John Phillip Sousa and Dave Grohl. Kirchen has recorded and/or played guitar live with a who's who of Americana and Roots Rock 'N' Roll, among them Gene Vincent, Link Wray, Bo Diddley, Hazel Dickens, Doug Sahm, Hoyt Axton, Emmylou Harris, Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks, and Nick Lowe. Bill is pretty sure that he is the only person to have, in a single year, stood on stage and played with both Ralph Stanley and Elvis Costello.
Bill is currently touring with his all-star, all-Austin band, those Hounds of the Bakersfield: Rick Richards on drums and David Carroll on bass/vocals. Richards has made records and toured with Ray Wylie Hubbard, among many others. This brought him to the attention of Ringo Starr, whose recommendation led to the last three stadium tours drumming with Joe Walsh. David Carroll has played bass with a who's who of Austin artists, including stints with Billy Joe Shaver and Jerry Jeff Walker and a run with Ray Price.
We will raffle off a Fender Telecast Guitar at the end of the show. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5, must be present to win.
Hosted by Jerry Nine Productions and UrbanBeat
UrbanBeat Event Center (View)
1213 Turner Street
Lansing, MI 48906
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|