Thu Jul 4 2024

8:00 PM - 10:30 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

The Sound Lounge (Sutton)

216-220 High Street Sutton SM1 1NU

£22.50

All Ages

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Bill Kirchen - the titan of the Telecaster - will be raising a ruckus in a big American Independence Day party here at The Sound Lounge...his only London show in 2024.

Bill is best known for his work in the '70's with the rebel band Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen. Leading the way, his gang of rock 'n' roll honky tonkers cut a wide path through country and rock, creating an intersection where both could meet and effortlessly meld together their many guises.


Bill and his band will be playing material from his long and influential career. There'll be songs of the road, of good times as well as the bad. Tales of love won and lost and all delivered in an exotic mash up of rockabilly, country, western swing, honky-tonk, jump blues, jazz, boogie-woogie and even the psychedelic folk rock he played with the Seventh Seal, the band he formed while attending the University of Michigan. Of course there'll be plenty of fan favourites from his days in the Lost Planet Airmen!

“… a devastating culmination of the elegant and funky…a really sensational musician, with enormous depth.” (Nick Lowe)

Doors, 7pm. Mixed seating and standing.

 

Bill Kirchen LIVE at The Sound Lounge

  • Bill Kirchen

    Bill Kirchen

    Country-Rock

    Upon tallying how many decades he’s worked as a professional guitar slinger, Telecaster master Bill Kirchen quips, “Well, they don't make 50 years like they used to.” They don’t often make careers like his, either. 

    From performing with his Who Knows Pickers jug band in Ann Arbor High School’s senior talent show (also on the program: the future Iggy Pop), to birthing the Americana genre with the original “hippie country band,” Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, this affable Austinite has been everywhere, man, flying alongside some of the planet’s coolest cats — including the Jesus of Cool, Nick Lowe, and Lowe’s old protégé, Elvis Costello. 

    Kirchen has toured the world with Lowe, who produced an album by Kirchen’s post-Airmen band, the Moonlighters, and Costello recruited Kirchen for high-profile gigs like the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival — and even named his festival band after Kirchen’s Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods album. Lowe appears on that 2006 album, and its 2010 follow-up, Word to the Wise, along with Costello, Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks and other luminaries. 

    Now those albums, plus Kirchen’s third Proper Records release, 2013’s Seeds and Stems, are being combined with three bonus tracks from Transatlantica, his 2016 project with pub-rock progenitor Austin de Lone, as a two-CD retrospective titled The Proper Years. Waxworks, is a vinyl best-of version of the full collection. 

    A well-balanced mix of engaging originals and wonderfully rendered covers, The Proper Years admirably conveys Kirchen’s versatility as a player and singer — one of the first to mash up rockabilly, country, western swing, honky-tonk, jump blues, jazz, boogie-woogie and even the “psychedelic folk rock” he played with the Seventh Seal, the band he formed while attending  the University of Michigan. (MC5 manager/activist John Sinclair got them a dealon the ESP-Disk label, home of Sun Ra, but the band turned it down.) 

    Somewhere between steering Commander Cody’s “Hot Rod Lincoln” into a top-10 hit and scoring a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance, Kirchen dubbed his sound “dieselbilly,” wrapping his fondness for country’s truck-driving song subgenre (as in big rigs, not pickups), its intersection with the Bakersfield Sound and his own name into one memorable moniker. 

    Kirchen’s right-place-at-the-right-time career has put him at the forefront of many musical movements, including outlaw country; Commander Cody’s 1974 album, Live from Deep in the Heart of Texas, recorded at Austin’s legendary Armadillo World Headquarters, made Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of All Time list.  

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Bill Kirchen LIVE at The Sound Lounge

Thu Jul 4 2024 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

The Sound Lounge (Sutton) Sutton
Bill Kirchen LIVE at The Sound Lounge

£22.50 All Ages

Bill Kirchen - the titan of the Telecaster - will be raising a ruckus in a big American Independence Day party here at The Sound Lounge...his only London show in 2024.

Bill is best known for his work in the '70's with the rebel band Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen. Leading the way, his gang of rock 'n' roll honky tonkers cut a wide path through country and rock, creating an intersection where both could meet and effortlessly meld together their many guises.


Bill and his band will be playing material from his long and influential career. There'll be songs of the road, of good times as well as the bad. Tales of love won and lost and all delivered in an exotic mash up of rockabilly, country, western swing, honky-tonk, jump blues, jazz, boogie-woogie and even the psychedelic folk rock he played with the Seventh Seal, the band he formed while attending the University of Michigan. Of course there'll be plenty of fan favourites from his days in the Lost Planet Airmen!

“… a devastating culmination of the elegant and funky…a really sensational musician, with enormous depth.” (Nick Lowe)

Doors, 7pm. Mixed seating and standing.

 
Bill Kirchen

Bill Kirchen

Country-Rock

Upon tallying how many decades he’s worked as a professional guitar slinger, Telecaster master Bill Kirchen quips, “Well, they don't make 50 years like they used to.” They don’t often make careers like his, either. 

From performing with his Who Knows Pickers jug band in Ann Arbor High School’s senior talent show (also on the program: the future Iggy Pop), to birthing the Americana genre with the original “hippie country band,” Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, this affable Austinite has been everywhere, man, flying alongside some of the planet’s coolest cats — including the Jesus of Cool, Nick Lowe, and Lowe’s old protégé, Elvis Costello. 

Kirchen has toured the world with Lowe, who produced an album by Kirchen’s post-Airmen band, the Moonlighters, and Costello recruited Kirchen for high-profile gigs like the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival — and even named his festival band after Kirchen’s Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods album. Lowe appears on that 2006 album, and its 2010 follow-up, Word to the Wise, along with Costello, Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks and other luminaries. 

Now those albums, plus Kirchen’s third Proper Records release, 2013’s Seeds and Stems, are being combined with three bonus tracks from Transatlantica, his 2016 project with pub-rock progenitor Austin de Lone, as a two-CD retrospective titled The Proper Years. Waxworks, is a vinyl best-of version of the full collection. 

A well-balanced mix of engaging originals and wonderfully rendered covers, The Proper Years admirably conveys Kirchen’s versatility as a player and singer — one of the first to mash up rockabilly, country, western swing, honky-tonk, jump blues, jazz, boogie-woogie and even the “psychedelic folk rock” he played with the Seventh Seal, the band he formed while attending  the University of Michigan. (MC5 manager/activist John Sinclair got them a dealon the ESP-Disk label, home of Sun Ra, but the band turned it down.) 

Somewhere between steering Commander Cody’s “Hot Rod Lincoln” into a top-10 hit and scoring a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance, Kirchen dubbed his sound “dieselbilly,” wrapping his fondness for country’s truck-driving song subgenre (as in big rigs, not pickups), its intersection with the Bakersfield Sound and his own name into one memorable moniker. 

Kirchen’s right-place-at-the-right-time career has put him at the forefront of many musical movements, including outlaw country; Commander Cody’s 1974 album, Live from Deep in the Heart of Texas, recorded at Austin’s legendary Armadillo World Headquarters, made Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of All Time list.  

Please correct the information below.

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All Ages
limit 10 per person
General Admission
£22.50 (£20.00 + £2.50 Fees, excluding any delivery costs)

Delivery Method

eTickets
Box Office Collection

Terms & Conditions

TicketWeb are committed to supporting grassroots & independent music across the UK and are proud to partner with & support the work of the Music Venue Trust. A 50p contribution from the booking fee on each ticket goes directly to maintain and sustain this venue. For more info on the work the Music Venues Trust does to support grassroots venues in the UK please visit www.musicvenuetrust.com