Valerie Fremin

Video Premiere: Bill Kirchen Sings a Love Letter to the Telecaster on 'Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods'

Austin, Texas-based guitar virtuoso Bill Kirchen sings a love letter to the Telecaster guitar on the rollicking "Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods." The song is featured on Kirchen's recently released album The Proper Yearswhich traces Kirchen's rockabilly, Western swing, country, jazz and boogie-woogie career, from founding Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen to sharing the stage with Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello.

Kirchen says the song was written on the way to see a legendary guitar slinger.

"A love song to the Telecaster guitar, written it in Austin, TX on my way to see Tele demon Redd Volkaert. We cut in London, with Nick Lowe and our very same band from his Impossible Birds record and tour," Kirchen tells Wide Open Country. "Made the video in two weekends, with the Covid-19 virus raging outside through Austin's 102 degree heat. We were masked and distanced at all times, except for brief vocal section takes.  With the exception of the Commander Cody early MTV favorite "Two Triple Cheese," this is my first purpose-made music video."

Watch the video for "Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods" below.


For more information on Bill Kirchen, visit his official website.

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