Bill Kirchen “Shelly’s Winter Love” – Listen

This cover of the Merle Haggard song comes from Bill Kirchen’s recent retrospective release ‘The Proper Years’.  It’s an album that recognises the three albums that the co-founder of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen recorded on Proper Records, and the many household names that he played with on those albums.  Take this very song for example, whose tale Bill Kirchen has unravelled. Continue reading “Bill Kirchen “Shelly’s Winter Love” – Listen”

Interview: Bill Kirchen

When it comes to unique talents in the field of guitar players and entertainers, Bridgeport, Connecticut born, Ann Arbor, Michigan raised and now Austin Texas-based, Bill Kirchen is up there with the best. What a wonderful musical history comes with this unique act. He grew up at a time when pop music was in its infancy and the Beatles and the UK pop scene was influencing the US big style. Heady days. Tagged as the Titan of the Telecaster Kirchen is still shaking things up with his creative playing, and for his latest venture he has called on his old friend, Austin de Lone (Godfather of Pub Rock) not only to share a record with him, but also tour the UK. Steeped in numerous different styles of the guitar playing Bill Kirchen defies nature when he picks up his Telecaster, and steps on stage. It is like he is taken over by a dynamic power.  Continue reading “Interview: Bill Kirchen”