Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen first gained national recognition as a founding member of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. His trademark guitar licks drove their Hot Rod Lincoln cut into the Top Ten in 1972. He has released ten CDs on his own, and 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, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello.
Artist Website: www.billkirchen.com
Bill records for Red House Records, Proper Records and Proper American
Johnny Cash: “I think he's great ... You should hear him on the new [Nick Lowe] album.”
Rolling Stone: “Opening night was particularly special due to the presence of Les Paul and Albert Lee, ... Bill Kirchen cranked up his Tele for a set that gave the crowd a hotfoot, sparked by his epic cover of (Hot Rod Lincoln). Danny Gatton Tribute, Tramps, New York, NY”
Washington City Paper: “Like an impassioned preacher in a souped-up convertible, Kirchen described passing Muddy Waters, Link Wray, Merle Haggard, B. B. King, Carl Perkins, Jimi Hendrix and more, nodding in tribute to each one with a perfect guitar quotation as he drove by. ... Bill Kirchen took everyone for the ride of their lives in his Hot Rod Lincoln.”
3rd Coast Music on King of Dieselbilly CD: “...a knockout ... package of great tracks from one of the greatest guitar players of our time.”
Austin American Statesman: “Bill Kirchen rules. It's just that simple ... ”