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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by ping-ping-clicka, Jan 25, 2020.
Yes. I saw them live several times back in the day. Great fun.
I loved 1974... wish I was that thin again
I can’t tell is that a young Bill Kirchin?
That’s a very young Bill Kirchen and I believe that a the Telecaster he refers to as ‘The Ol’ Coalburner’.
He swapped an SG for it and it morphed into the Ol’ Coalburner’, being eventually fitted with a Vintique bridge, neck kit and knobs and Joe Barden pick ups (I believe on Danny Gatton’s suggestion) and later being fitted with a JT Saddles bridge and Don Mare pick ups.
The finish has now almost worn off it and the guitar is now a little delicate so was retired a few years ago.
Sounds very twangy in the video though!
yeah, they played a lot around the Bay Area back then. We used to cover a few tunes when we were kids.
Bill Kirchen demos and discusses his inverted controls and his Bowery pine tele body and neck.
That guitar has a HUGE neck and no truss rod. Bill told me that he was starting to get pain in his hands playing the Ol’ Coalburner which has a medium sized neck (C-shape as I recall) and this one is fills his hand and is more comfortable to play.
Go and see him play and chat to him after. He’s one of us!
Have to dig out a couple of their albums for some more flashback
Caught Billy Kirchen at a wonderful Gruene Hall afternoon last year...just a true gentleman.
Chatting it up between sets and quizzing him on his set up and in the blink of an eye he has his tele flung over my head and says play something (so he can fiddle with his amp to demo its features)
Well what do you do when standing in front of one of your guitar hero who wants you to play his guitar in front of him..........You say no damn way Bill...get this off of me right now before I embarrass both of us.
It was such a fun afternoon, small crowd all up front and close
I remember when that song hit the airwaves. Loved it! Oh the good ole days haha.
I labored over it when I was in high school.
Commander Cody and the boys had it all. They could rock, they could twang and they had character. Saw them many times in the early '70s. Kirchen was amazing even then and when Bobby Black joined them they became legitimately great country band IMHO. Billy C was the ideal lead singer and they could cover anything from Elvis to Tex Ritter! They are always in my playlist!
Bill comes to Buffalo several times a year, even my wife digs him, cool dude and a great entertainer.
Yep! That’s Bill all over.
Surely you broke out out into your best Hot Rod Lincoln riff?!