Bill Kirchen, the "titan of the telecaster," descends upon the Mountain Stage for a live performance.
Bill Kirchen, the "titan of the telecaster," descends upon the Mountain Stage for a live performance. Brian Blauser
- "Bump Wood"
- "Time Will Tell the Story"
- "Arkansas Diamond"
- "Rocks in the Sand"
- "The Times They Are A-Changin'"
- "West Virginia Chose Me"*
Bill Kirchen's fiery guitar work has earned him the moniker the "titan of the telecaster." His legacy was solidified in the 1971 hit story-song "Hot Rod Lincoln," released by Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen, but Kirchen continued to make great honky-tonk records of his own.
Kirchen's latest, Word to the Wise, features appearances by Elvis Costello, Dan Hicks, Command Cody and Maria Muldaur, but on this session, you'll hear Kirchen himself, Jack O'Dell on drums and Mac Cridlin on bass (as well as some help from house-band guitarist Michael Lipton).
And as a bonus to this session, Julie Adams and the Mountain Stage Band performs "West Virginia Chose Me" by West Virginia songwriter Colleen Anderson in celebration of West Virginia Day, the day this program was recorded.
This Mountain Stage Performance was originally published on July 15, 2010.