CD: Bill Kirchen’s “Word to the Wise”

July 27th, 2010, 5:04 pm by Greg

Bill Kirchen: Word To The Wise(Proper American, 2010):

The fact that Titan of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen is still better known as a founding member of Commander Cody’s Lost Planet Airmen than he is for his outstanding string of solo albums seems criminal.

The original Lost Planet Airmen were indeed an exquisite combo, but that was so long ago. Meanwhile, Kirchen hasn’t churned out a single clunker since he began his solo career with his ’94 debut “Tombstone Every Mile.”

With “Word to the Wise,” Kirchen has fired up one helluva fine album, chockful of star-power-packing special guests, and if that’s what it takes to get some attention, well, who can blame him?

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Bill Kirchen, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

December 3rd, 2009, 3:08 pm by Greg

BillKirchen” ‘Midnight in Moscow’ by Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. English trad jazz, 1962, with prominent trombone, which was my instrument at the time.

Before ‘Midnight In Moscow,’ I owned two 45s, ‘Big Bad John’ by Jimmy Dean and ‘Bristol Stomp’ by the Dovells. I still love all three of these songs.

Right after that, I caught the folk bug and got Dylan’s second album, ‘Freewheelin’,’ when it came out in 1963.

That Christmas I opened a present from my dad, a classical album which I feigned interest in. He urged me to play it after dinner, when I put it on I found he had got me the first Dylan album and stuck it an old Wagner album cover. I remember that every Christmas.”

Twangmaster Bill Kirchen teams up with guitarist-vocalist John Tichy – his old bandmate in the original Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen line-up – for a special “Honky Tonk Holiday” concert at The Linda in Albany on Saturday (December 5).

Caffe LenaJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysHolly & EvanThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!Hudson SoundsArtist Charles HaymesBerkshire On StageArtist and Musician Michael Eck