Seeds and Stems

Seeds and Stems

by Bill Kirchen
     
 
As the guitarist in Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Bill Kirchen was one of the pioneers of roots rock and western swing in the early '70s and, ever since, he's carried the torch, ripping it up whenever he could've just as easily chosen to lay back. On Seeds & Stems, his 2013 album, he revisits

Overview

As the guitarist in Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Bill Kirchen was one of the pioneers of roots rock and western swing in the early '70s and, ever since, he's carried the torch, ripping it up whenever he could've just as easily chosen to lay back. On Seeds & Stems, his 2013 album, he revisits many songs he's played often over the years, once again cutting "Hot Rod Lincoln," but also the title track, "Too Much Fun," and Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry." It's a familiar set but it's played by perhaps the best bar band you can imagine, with the group still getting a thrill from playing familiar changes. Throughout it all, Kirchen dazzles but never grandstands on his Telecaster; he knows how to spin out riffs and solos without begging for attention yet still commanding the listeners through his understated gymnastics. Kirchen has always been tasteful but his playing has gotten sharper over the years, which gives Seeds & Stems precision but also depth, as he knows these songs and styles inside-out yet can still find new nooks and crannies hidden deep within them.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2013
Label:
Proper American
UPC:
0805520031127
catalogNumber:
112
Rank:
41931

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Kirchen   Primary Artist,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jorma Kaukonen   Acoustic Guitar
Paul Riley   Bass
Austin DeLone   Organ,Piano
Maurice Cridlin   Electric Bass,String Bass
Johnny Castle   Bass
Jack O'Dell   Percussion,Drums,Vocal Harmony
Louise Kirchen   Vocal Harmony
Garry Walsh   Organ
Micky Kemp   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Joe Carroll   Engineer
Bill Kirchen   Composer
Sarah Brown   Composer
Billy C. Farlow   Composer
Barry Farmer   Engineer
George Frayne   Composer
Paul Riley   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Sarli   Composer
Charlie Ryan   Composer
Louise Kirchen   Composer
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Kevin Blackie Farrell   Composer
Gary Houston   Cover Art
Brian Voorheis   Composer
Sara McCormick   Layout
Nigel Goodson   Composer

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