Forget the Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah. For a real taste of seasonal cheer, nothing says joy to the world like Bill Kirchen singing Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas. The Too Much Fun annual Honky Tonk Holiday Tour stops at the Lovin’ Cup Bistro and Brews on Saturday, December 8 at 8 pm. Featured is a sleigh-full of rarely heard holiday numbers from the blues, rock ‘n’ roll and honky tonk bags: Silent Surfin’ Night, Truckin’ Trees for Christmas, Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy and many more. But be ye not afraid, there’ll be so much more than holiday songs of questionable taste; you can count on a truckload of dieselbilly classics to take the edge off the holiday fuss.Guitar Player Magazine dubbed Bill Kirchen the “Titan of the Telecaster.” Rolling Stone said he’s “an American treasure” and “one of our best.” No matter what you call him, Kirchen is a founding father of the Americana movement, now at the peak of his impressive career.
Kirchen was originally known as co-founder and lead guitarist of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, one of the first and only rock-n-roll bands to infuse their honky-tonk sound with pure, blood-and-guts country roots and western swing. It was Kirchen’s scorching guitar licks that helped define their sound and drove their hit, “Hot Rod Lincoln,” into the Top Ten in 1972, a song that eventually took on a post-Cody life of its own. Today, Kirchen’s extended version of “Hot Rod Lincoln” is his universally loved signature masterpiece, a pumped-up joyride through the last 60 years of guitar-god history, described as “epic” by Rolling Stone.
Bill is currently touring with his all-star, all-Austin band: Rick Richards on drums and David Carroll on stand-up bass. Richards has made records and toured with Ray Wylie Hubbard, among many others. This brought him to the attention of Ringo Starr, whose recommendation led to the last three stadium tours drumming with Joe Walsh. David Carroll has played bass with a who’s who of Austin artists, including stints with Billy Joe Shaver and Jerry Jeff Walker and a run with Ray Price.
Thursday night promises to be a show you won’t want to miss: Bill Kirchen and his band for one spectacular night of Telecaster mastery that will slay you with holiday joy.
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