Bill Kirchen gave a masters class in music history at Molly Malone’s in Covington Tuesday night. The difference between his presentation and a college lecture was the fact that he was thoroughly entertaining as well as enlightening.
Kirchen, the “Titan of the Telecaster,” is in his mid 60s but retains the impish gleam that he must have had at Ann Arbor (Mich.) High School where he went to class with Iggy Pop. He plays with such joy that it’s immediately obvious why his band is called Too Much Fun.
The musical month of May literally starts with Too Much Fun and looks like it might continue for 31 days.
Guitar slinger extraordinaire Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, fresh off the season finale of WNKU-FM’s Studio 89 finale Monday night, wind up a three-night area stand Tuesday at Molly Malone’s in Covington after playing Dayton’s Canal Street Tavern Sunday.
Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock 'n' roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk.
He performs live on the air tonight at 7pm for the season finale of Studio 89. Tell a friend and tune in!
Distractions abound: “Friends” from third grade might just want to say hello, and maybe get a free ticket and CD, or there could be well-meaning members of the extended family who want to catch up with each other while the opener is singing.
Expectations were high for the Tedeschi Trucks Band show at the Taft Theatre Thursday. After all, this was the group whose "Revelator" album was No. 1 in last year's Top 89 voting by WNKU-FM listeners.
Tunes & Blooms truly is the place to be Thursday night's in April. Last week, we set a new attendance record at Tunes & Blooms with The Tillers and Shiny & the Spoon. Over 4300 people came through the gates of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens to soak up the beautiful weather and hear some of the best local talent our region has to offer. Tonight will be no different as we welcome back perennial favorites Jake Speed & the Freddies and The Turkeys for the series finale.
For many people, mid-life is a time of crisis. For the Cowboy Junkies, it is filled with inspiration.
The veteran Canadian band thoroughly entertained an enthusiastic crowd at the 20th Century in Oakley Tuesday night with a mixture of new and old tunes. The new ones came from “The Nomad Series,” the band’s ambitious 18-month project that produced four CDs.