Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer, and songwriter Bill Kirchen first gained national recognition as a founding member of the original “Americana” group Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. His trademark guitar licks drove their “Hot Rod Lincoln” into the Top Ten in 1972. His latest recording “Transatlanticana” hit the Top 10 on the Americana Radio chart, staying in the Top 40 for 5 months.
Bill has released 11 CDs under his own name, and recorded and/or played guitar live with a who’s who of Americana and Rock ‘N’ Roll, among them, Gene Vincent, Link Wray, Bo Diddley, Hazel Dickens, Doug Sahm, Hoyt Axton, Emmylou Harris, Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks, Steve Earle, Redd Volkaert, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello.
Vintage video of Bill with Commander Cody from 1976
“Bill Kirchen rules. It’s just that simple … ”
Kinderhook is a familiar name to their friend Bill Kirchen and anyone who remembers the ultra-vibrant country-rock music scene in NJ during the late ’70s and early ’80s. They are still remembered as one of NJ’s greatest unsigned bands, opening for acts such a Poco, Commander Cody, David Bromberg and many others. Now reunited by three original members, Jerry Kopychuk (guitar, vocals), Andy Fediw (bass, vocals) and Craig Barry (drums, vocals), this latest incarnation features lead guitarist Jack Kurlansik and two additional veteran NJ musicians, Gary Oleyar (fiddle) and Jim Ryan (pedal steel).