Tombstone Every Mile

Tombstone Every Mile

by Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun

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Overview

This first Black Top release by honky tonker Bill Kirchen is an Americana roots-music vault of valuables. With plenty of traditional C&W riffs underscored by the brilliant pedal steel of one-time Ernest Tubb steel player Buddy Charleton and the powerful piano of Mitch Collins, this project is more than mere buried treasure that contemporary radio overlooked. Kirchen, a living legend of sorts, takes a very broad stance and combines the best elements of C&W, hillbilly, blues, rockabilly, and honky tonk music to come up with cuts like "Bottle Baby Boogie," a rip-it-up rockabilly tune that shows off Kirchen's guitar master skills, and "All Tore Up," another rocker. The Farrell-Preston song "Fool on a Stool" is given an outstanding retooling with plenty of steel that is true to the tenants of C&W music. Covering Johnny Horton's hit "One Woman Man" is a brave move that comes off convincingly and sounding as honest as the original. Teaming up with bassman Jeff Sari and wife Louise Kirchen, this triple threat not only displays Bill Kirchen's songwriting skills, but a spectacular piece of music in "Secrets of Love." Also noteworthy is "Think It Over," a Donley-Meaux tune that is haunting in the hands of a master. With a nod to friend Nick Lowe, Kirchen adds the beautiful harmony vocals of Louise to his own multi-faceted vocal style on Lowe's "Without Love," to come up with a moment that leaves time standing still. A mighty accomplishment in musical terms. This disc is only an indication of what the future holds for one of the few solid survivors of the country-rock phenomenon of the 1970s. With all his talent on display here, it is easy to understand why Kirchen has survived, even in the face of the '90s pop-bubblegum-country cookie-cutter mentality.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2019
Label: Last Music Company
UPC: 5052442013167
catalogNumber: 216
Rank: 21238

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun   Primary Artist
Bill Kirchen   Vocals,6-string bass,Group Member
Peter Bonta   Piano,Accordion
Mitch Collins   Organ,Piano
Dave Elliott   Drums,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Jeff Sarli   Tambourine,Upright Bass,6-string bass,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Louise Kirchen   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Johnny Horton   Composer
Bill Kirchen   Composer,Producer
Peter Bonta   Engineer
Dave Burgess   Composer
Ed Eastridge   Engineer
Tim Eschliman   Composer
Nick Lowe   Composer
Huey P. Meaux   Composer
Jeff Sarli   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Austin DeLone   Composer
Evelyn McKinney   Composer
Jimmy Donley   Composer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Louise Kirchen   Composer
George Sherry   Composer
Kevin Blackie Farrell   Composer
Brian Voorheis   Composer
Dan Fulkerson   Composer

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