Back in the mid / late nineties I was living in Memphis and being a big fan of blues guitar you can imagine the Euphoria I was experiencing regarding the local music scene. Great music, great food, although not necessarily a great place to live… at least not the area I was living in. Any way, I went out on a mission to find a decent band to listen to and stumbled into Young Avenue Deli (great place for music) and Bill Kirchen happened to be playing that night. At that time, I hadn’t heard of him so I had no idea what to expect, but he completely blew me away with his guitar playing. His band was a little trio and they sounded so good that I went out and bought everything I could of his. It wasn’t until later that I found out that he was in the band Commander Cody – so of course I had to get all of their material too, if I hear something I like I have to have EVERYTHING, I can’t just settle on an album or two (I’m kind of OCD like that). He calls his style of playing “diesel billy” – and writes a lot of truck driving music.
Also, if you’re a fan of twang, he’s about as good as it gets. So anyway, if you aren’t familiar with Bill Kirchen I highly recommend visiting his website and seeing if he is playing in your area any time soon, you won’t regret it. Here’s a clip of him playing (without a band) his big hit with Commander Cody, “Hot Rod Lincoln”. Great guitar impersonations in this one.