Bill Kirchen’s Honky-Tonk Holiday Show Chugging up to Troy This Saturday, December 4th
Ready or not, the holidays are upon us! For a real taste of seasonal cheer, don’t miss Bill Kirchen and his all-star band when they make a stop on their annual Honky-Tonk Holiday Tour at the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy at 8 pm on Saturday, December 4.
Some rarely heard holiday numbers from the blues, rock-n-roll, and honky-tonk bags will be featured, plus there’ll be a sleigh-full of diesel-billy classics, rockers, and country weepers to take the edge off the holiday fuss. So mark your calendars and check ’em twice – Santa Claus is back in town! Bill Kirchen is touring with David Carroll on bass and Jack O’Dell on drums.
Guitar Player Magazine dubbed Bill Kirchen the “Titan of the Telecaster.” Rolling Stone said he’s “an American treasure” and “one of our best.” No matter what you call him, 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 Kirchen’s scorching guitar licks that helped define their sound and 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, Kirchen’s 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.
Saturday’s show promises to be a night of telecaster mastery you won’t want to miss; let joy be unrefined!
When: Saturday, December 4th, 8pm
Where: The Hangar on the Hudson, 675 River Street, Troy, NY
Cost: $20/in advance | $25/day of show
Get your tickets here!