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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Proper Records artist: Bill Kirchen and Austin de Lone - Transatlanticana - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Transatlanticana, from Bill Kirchen and Austin de Lone and it's a country party. Opening with country rocker, Hounds of the Bakersfield, Kirchen on lead guitar and vocal and Austin de Lone on piano deliver a cool country two stepper showcasing some of Kirchen's super riffs as well as solid backing vocals. Joining are Paul "Bassman" Riley on bass, Malcolm Mills on drums and Louise Kirchen on harmony vocal. On straight country track, Wine Wine Wine, Kirchen really pulls out the country stops on my favorite track of the release. With the addition of Bobby Black on pedal steel this track is classic. Shifting to a bit more of a JJ Cale style blues rocker, De Lone takes the lead on vocal for a cool radio track, Let's Rock. Oxblood is a rock n roller featuring Kirchen and Butch Hancock on lead vocals. With Kirchen on baritone guitar and driving it, de Lone on super piano and Gurf Morlix on guitar, David Carroll on bass and Rick Richards on drums this is a real cool track. Slow blues number, Losing Hand features deLone on lead vocal and piano. This is another of my favorites on the release with Kirchen throwing out some really tasty blues riffs of his own. Boogie track, All Tore Up, again features de Lone up front on piano and vocal. He really gets a chance to roll them and Kirchen isn't far behind with country flavored blues rock riffs. With a stirring country rock rendition of Bob Dylan's The Time They Are a Changin' Kirchen leads off on vocals and de Lone's piano carries the track. Snappy drumming by Richards and a melodic solo by Kirchen brings it home. Rocker, No Need For Rockin' slides into a cool groove with de Lone on lead vocal. His piano lead work is clean and cool and kirchen's whistling conjurs up Taj Mahal tones. Wrapping the release is country swinger, Smoke! Smoke! Smoke that Cigarette with Kirchen on lead vocal and Black on steel. A cool Travis track covered by Wills and Asleep at the Wheel a fun closer for a cool release.

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