Bill Kirchen Live at BuddyLou’s
August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Join us on August 2nd to see Bill Kirchen Live here at BuddyLou’s. Johnny Castle and Jack O’Dell join Bill Kirchen on stage. Dinner Reservations required, Tickets $20, call 1-301-678-6460
Bill Kirchen aka “The Titan of The Telecaster” is an American rockabilly guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Kirchen’s band play’s a collection of rock ‘n’ roll, hard-core country, boogie and rockabilly sounds produce in a “high octane mix.” He has developed a reputation as musical “outlaws’ that was praised by other outlaw musicians and bands like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, The Grateful Dead, and the Allman Brothers Band.
Around 1986 Kirchen moved to the Washington, D.C. area and formed the band Too Much Fun with Dave Elliot on drums and John Previti on bass. In 1996 the band won ten Washington Area Music Awards including Musician and Songwriter of the Year. Kirchen became a contemporary and associate of many D.C. guitarists such as the late Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan, Link Wray, Tom Principato, Evan Johns, Billy Hancock, Linwood Taylor, Dave Chappell, Jimmy Thackery, the Nighthawks and others who, during this time, forged an elite fraternity of Washington D.C. area roots rock performers.
Kirchen is reported to be one of the musicians that pioneered the Americana radio format and is a founding father of the “twangcore movement” which includes Dave Alvin, Wilco and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Kirchen’s signature sound has been dubbed “dieselbilly” and incorporates elements of country music, blues, rockabilly, Western swing and boogie-woogie, laced with themes of American truck driving music. Kirchen’s work in the early 1970s with Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen helped set the stage for the singers like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson and other outlaw country bands with his recordings of songs like “Seeds And Stems.” Kirchen is said to have “one of the most distinctive, pure-Fender Telecaster tone guitar sounds in modern music”. Kirchen was named “The Titan of The Telecaster” by Guitar Player magazine for his musical prowess on the Fender Telecaster guitar. He plays a 1959 model with a maple fretboard and sunburst finish that he acquired in 1967 when he exchanged his Gibson SG with a stranger on a bus.
Johnny Castle is The Thrillbilly band leader and has played with some of the best bands in the DC area over the last 40 years. Some of those bands: Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, The Nighthawks, Switchblade featuring Eddie Angel (Los Straightjackets), Steuart Smith (Eagles, Rodney Crowell) and Ratso (Kinky Friedman), Tex Rubinowitz and the Bad Boys, Crank DC, and too many others to even think about listing. Johnny’s well versed in American Roots music, and has played Blues, Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Swing, Texas Swing, Rockabilly, R&B, Rock and Roll and Funk.
Johnny was a recipient, along with his fellow Nighthawks, of the 2011 Blues Foundation award for Acoustic CD Of The Year. Their Documentary, “The Nighthawks, That Band On The Blue Highway” won Living Blues Documentary of the Year in 2018. His groups, Too Much Fun and the Nighthawks achieved Wammie Emeritus status having won numerous Wammies in their respective genre’s.
Jack O’Dell is a long standing veteran of the D.C./ Baltimore music scene. He has worked with the Hula Monsters, as well as being a founding member of the Rhodes Tavern Troubadors. He is best known for his work drumming and vocalizing with Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun (alongside Thrillbilly bandmate Johnny Castle) for nearly 2 decades. Johnny & Jack along with Bill were nominated for a Grammy Award for their instrumental “Poultry In Motion”. The two also were the rhythm section for the “Super Picker” group the Twangbangers (Bill Kirchen, Red Volkaert, Joe Goldmark, Dallas Wayne) on both their CD and their national tour.