Celebrated guitarist Bill Kirchen and his band perform at the next Sunday Roadhouse at Waiting Room, this Sunday, Nov 18, 5 p.m. His mix of rockabilly, rock and country has been dubbed dieselbilly and won him a Grammy nomination. In a 2010 interview with NPR, Kirchen shared how he began his musical career on classical trombone and hitchhiked his way to one of the 1960s Newport Folk Festival events. “I saw all the great bluesmen, like Skip James and Son House, and all the youngsters playing music like the Kweskin Jug Band and Maria Muldaur. That was the music [that got me going]. I didn’t really start playing rock ‘n’ roll and electric until years later.”
And when he did get into electric guitars and rock ‘n’ roll, Kirchen joined an outfit called Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen. The band played rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and drew from 1940s boogie-woogie and 1950s traditional country. His guitar work propelled Commander Cody’s “Hot Rod Lincoln” into a Billboard Top Ten hit in the early 70s.
Kirchen and his distinctive guitar wielding has led him to been called the King of Dieselbilly, the Titan of the Telecaster (courtesy of Guitar Player magazine) and the Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods. Kirchen is touring in support of his new CD Seeds & Stems (Proper Records US). The disc is a new recording of many of Kirchen’s classics including “Hot Rod Lincoln.” See billkirchen.com and sundayroadhouse.com.
A Night in Treme
The Holland Performing Arts Center hosts “A Night in Treme: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans” Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. Performing are the Soul Rebels Brass Band with Mardi Gras Indian Chief and alto saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr., plus trumpeter James Andrews and acclaimed funk guitarist Leo Nocentelli. See ticketomaha.com.
The Bel Airs bring their rave-up mix of Delta blues, New Orleans R&B and vintage rock to The 21st Saloon Thursday, Nov. 14, 6-9 p.m. They hit Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, 9 p.m. Honeyboy Turner Band plays the Zoo 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.
The Zoo also has Chicago bluesman John Primer Thursday, Nov. 14, 6-9 p.m. Australian Harper is at the Zoo next Wednesday, Nov 20, and at the 21st Saloon Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-9 p.m. Self-proclaimed cowbilly band 4020 is at Waiting Room Friday, Nov. 14, with The Filter Kings and The Williards. Brad Cordle Band plays Havana Garage Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 p.m.