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 revisitsSee more details below

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2013
Label:
Proper American
UPC:
0805520031127
catalogNumber:
112
Rank:
40597

Tracks

  1. Too Much Fun  - Bill Kirchen
  2. Tell Me the Reason  - Bill Kirchen
  3. Down To Seeds and Stems Again  - Bill Kirchen
  4. Semi-Truck  - Bill Kirchen
  5. Rockabilly Funeral  - Bill Kirchen
  6. Womb To the Tomb  - Bill Kirchen
  7. Flip Flop  - Bill Kirchen
  8. Swing Fever  - Bill Kirchen
  9. It Takes a Lot To Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry  - Bill Kirchen
  10. Truck Stop At the End of the World  - Bill Kirchen
  11. Mama Hated Diesels  - Bill Kirchen
  12. Hot Rod Lincoln  - Bill Kirchen
  13. Talkin' About Chicken  - Bill Kirchen

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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,Mastering
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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