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Bill Kirchen crossed paths with keyboardist Austin DeLone many times over the years. The first time they played together was in the Moonlighters, a band they formed while they were taking a busman's holiday from their main gigs -- Kirchen played with Commander Cody, De Lone co-led Eggs Over Easy -- and Kirchen often hired DeLone to play on his records, but 2016's Transatlantica is the first time they've recorded a duet album. Given their long history, it's no surprise that Transatlantica feels as comfortable as an old sweater, a record cut by old friends who don't care to fight for the spotlight. They're happy to share credit -- not only are the lead vocals evenly matched, but "Hounds of the Bakersfield," the first song out of the gate, is a tribute to Merle Haggard -- and that camaraderie is appealing; the weathered chemistry is palpable. Another benefit of old pros playing their favorite music together is that their chemistry is subtle and never showy. The two ease into their solos without calling attention to their technique, they move from hardwood honky tonk shuffles to rockabilly boogies without missing a beat. From the start of their careers, Kirchen and DeLone both looked to the past for inspiration, finding ways to enliven traditional sounds, and Transatlantica is merely another chapter in this journey: it may be familiar but it sounds fresh and it's one hell of a good time.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2016
Label: Red House
UPC: 0033651029625
catalogNumber: 296
Rank: 29162

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Kirchen   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guitar (Baritone)
Butch Hancock   Vocals
Bobby Black   Pedal Steel Guitar
Sarah Brown   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Gurf Morlix   Electric Guitar
Rick Richards   Percussion,Drums
Paul Riley   Bass,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Austin DeLone   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Paul Revelli   Drums
Louise Kirchen   Vocal Harmony
Malcolm Mills   Drums
David Carroll   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Michael Godwin   Bass
Andre Moran   Guitar
Caroline De Lone   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Butch Hancock   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Bill Kirchen   Composer,Engineer,Whistle
Tim Eschliman   Composer
Billy C. Farlow   Composer
Joel Jaffe   Engineer
Austin DeLone   Composer
Bobby Robinson   Composer
Louise Kirchen   Composer
Blackie Farrell   Composer
Kevin Scott   Engineer
G. Frayne   Composer
Caroline De Lone   Composer
Clara Thompson   Composer

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