Bill Kirchen :: Word To The Wise


Bill Kirchen is een van de meest onderschatte gitaristen ter wereld. Dat bewees hij veertig jaar geleden al in de kosmische countrygroep Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen en dat bewijst hij ook weer op zijn nieuwe solo-CD Word To The Wise. Een buitengewoon fraaie en meeslepende rootsplaat waarop hij hulp krijgt van een ontketende Elvis Costello op Man In the Bottom Of The Well en van Paul Carrack en Nick Lowe die het Merle Haggard-nummer Shelly’s Winter Love naar grote hoogtes zingen. Subliem.

Full of humour, Telecaster twang, and serving up heaping portions of rock and roll, country, boogie-woogie and Western swing, ‘Word to the Wise’ features duets with nearly a dozen guest artists he’s met along the way. It includes masterpieces old and new, such as Roger Miller’s classic “Husbands and Wives,” a new Dan Hicks/Bill Kirchen co-write (the title track, “Word to the Wise,”) and Kirchen’s powerful rocker, “Man in the Bottom of the Well,” sung unforgettably by Elvis Costello.
“I wanted to do an album with people I share a musical connection with,” Bill says. “I’ve worked with all of these people: I recorded with Nick Lowe, I’ve gigged with Elvis Costello, and with Maria Muldaur and Dan Hicks back in the day.”
‘Word to the Wise’ also features a new classic with Commander Cody on piano: “I Don’t Work That Cheap” is a surrealistic romp through history that recalls the psychedelic spirit of Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” concluding with the memorable line, “You can’t pay me what I’m worth – I don’t work that cheap.”
Merle Haggard’s “Shelly’s Winter Love” is a more conventional duet, but Kirchen opts to get out of the way as Lowe and Carrack blend their burnished voices on it in the classic Everly Brothers manner. “The last thing I’m gonna do is get up and sing with Paul Carrack and Nick Lowe,” Kirchen says with a laugh. “It’s not gonna happen. That song just marched up to second position on the album… The way those two guys go toe-to-toe is just sublime.
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Shelly’s Winter Love (with Nick Lowe and Paul Carrack)
Man In The Bottom Of The Well (with Elvis Costello)
I Don’t Work That Cheap (with Commander Cody on piano)
Time Will Tell The Story /
Husbands And Wives (with Chris O’Connell)
Open Range (with Kevin “Blackie” Farrell) 
Arkansas Diamond 
Word To The Wise (with Dan Hicks)
Ain’t Got Time For The Blues (with Maria Muldaur)
Valley Of The Moon (with Norton Buffalo).

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