Bill Kirchen’s Honky-Tonk Holiday Show
w/ special guests Starline Rhythm Boys
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
21+ $15 ADV // $20 DOS
Bill Kirchen is one of the singular instrumental stylists of American roots music, and to hear his sound once is to have it indelibly etched on one’s musical memory!
Bill Kirchen has become widely known for the trademark big-rig guitar riffs that powered the Commander Cody hit “Hot Rod Lincoln” into the Top 10 in 1972. Since 1993, he has recorded seven critically acclaimed albums of his own that have made him one of the musical elder statesmen of today’s Americana music, which in truth was pioneered by acts like Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen back in the ‘70s.
Starline Rhythm Boys
Formed in 1998 (now celebrating 18 years together!) by 3 professional musicians with a combined experience of over 100 years in various bands (including Danny Coane with The Throbulators, Al Lemery with Badge and Billy Bratcher’s big-time one year stint in 1997 with Wayne “The Train” Hancock), The Starline Rhythm Boys are a full time, actively booked drummer-less “Tennessee Trio”, consisting of Danny Coane (“Little Danny C”) on acoustic rhythm guitar, “Big” Al Lemery on electric lead guitar and Billy (“Slappin’ Billy B”) Bratcher on acoustic upright “slap” bass, in the style of Elvis’, Cash’s and Perkins’ early bands. The Boys perform vintage country, honky-tonk and rockabilly music along with very tight and powerful country harmony duet vocals. Their repertoire consists of many superb originals, mainly written by Bratcher, as well as great covers of both classic and obscure numbers. The Starline Rhythm Boys are a unique original band with outstanding, real-deal sound, style, energy, stage presence and appearance. They have appeared at almost every type of venue, as well as on radio and TV. They are both a listening and highly danceable group and appeal to a very wide age range. The Starline Rhythm Boys are artists signed to Cow Island Music, a small, independent “Americana” label, as well as Coles Meadow Music Publishing, based in Northampton, MA. They have released seven recordings, three of which won “#1 Album of the Year” (2002, 2007 and 2009 respectively) on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart based in Austin, TX. The Starline Rhythm Boys have been labeled “Vermont’s House Band” by Vermont Magazine and won Seven Days newspaper’s 2015 “Daysie” award as “Best Americana Artist/Group”. They were also nominated, along with 4 other groups from Texas, Colorado, Nashville & Sweden, in the “Best Honky Tonk Group” category for the 2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards, Austin, TX. The Starline Rhythm Boys are one of the State’s most popular and hardest working group at over 150 gigs a year just in the State. Original, unique and “real-deal”, The Boys say, “Accept No Imitations”!