Country Music

Telecaster Master Bill Kirchen Is Down to Seeds and Stems Again

Bill Kirchen, the warhorse guitar virtuoso behind some of the most familiar licks on the planet, comes to Mucky Duck Thursday to preview his latest album, Seeds and Stems, which was released June 18. Kirchen first made musical waves with his cowboy crazoids band Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, who ruled San Francisco before becoming one of the top Outlaw draws in Austin in the early '70s.

A virtuoso of the Fender Telecaster, Kirchen is not only a stellar songwriter, player, and performer whose oeuvre extends from Bakerfield truckers' twang to rockabilly, he is widely acknowledge as one of the top practitioners of his craft and has spent part of his career teaching guitar. He was a founding member of the twang supergroup the Twangbangers, formed in 2001 with Redd Voelkaert, Dallas Wayne, and Joe Goldmark.

We caught up with Kirchen at the end of a two-month tour with his band Too Much Fun that has taken him up the East and West coasts as well as a ten day detour to Europe. Less than a week from heading home to Austin, the 65-year old twanger sounded energized and enthusiastic as he talked about his history, his new record, and fellow artists Nick Lowe and Doug Sahm.

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William Michael Smith