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Rock - Released October 11, 2019 | The Last Music Company

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Blues - Released September 13, 2019 | The Last Music Company

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Blues - Released May 17, 2019 | The Last Music Company

There’s a certain class to Jimmie Vaughan that doesn’t seem to diminish. Worthy heir to the three Kings (Freddie, Albert and B.B.), Stevie Ray Vaughan’s older brother may have been playing in the same field for years, but you can't get enough of his inimitable Stratocaster-style sharpness and his haunting and rough voice. With Baby, Please Come Home, the Texan firework releases an impeccable celebration of blues in all its forms. “When I was young, I didn’t really pay much attention to categories of music. I just heard what I liked and decided to explore that. And that’s really what I’m still doing. ” This results in an eclectic vintage taste, for which he revisits the gems of Etta James, Fats Domino, Jimmy Reed, T-Bone Walker, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Lefty Frizzell, Richard Berry, Chuck Willis, Bill Doggett, Lloyd Price and Jimmy Donley. And there isn’t a dud in there. He especially shines in his solos, which avoid the involuntary tics of many blues guitarists. In fact, his class only seems to be getting greater… © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Blues - Released February 15, 2019 | The Last Music Company

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Blues - Released October 26, 2018 | The Last Music Company

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Blues - Released September 28, 2018 | The Last Music Company

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Blues - Released August 31, 2018 | The Last Music Company

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Contemporary Jazz - Released August 31, 2018 | The Last Music Company

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Blues - Released August 31, 2018 | The Last Music Company

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Blues - Released March 30, 2018 | The Last Music Company

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Rock - Released October 6, 2017 | The Last Music Company

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Blues - Released September 9, 2017 | The Last Music Company

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Country - Released March 3, 2017 | The Last Music Company

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Country - Released February 24, 2017 | The Last Music Company

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Blues - Released February 24, 2017 | The Last Music Company

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Rock - Released July 19, 2010 | The Last Music Company

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Blues - Released October 7, 2016 | The Last Music Company

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Country - Released September 8, 2008 | The Last Music Company

The title cut of Bill Kirchen's seventh solo album, Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods, is a loving tribute to the Fender Telecaster, the axe that's been Kirchen's instrument of choice since he started picking with Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen in 1967, but while there's plenty of fine guitar work on this album (which from Kirchen should go without saying), this isn't the straight-ahead honky tonk session you might expect given Kirchen's back catalog. While the title cut and "Get a Little Goner" would sound great pouring out of any beer joint's jukebox, Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods is one of Kirchen's most eclectic sets to date, with the bandleader demonstrating his skills on the acoustic swing of "One More Day," offering up a slow and slinky cover of "Devil with a Blue Dress On," laying out some prime rockabilly on "Heart of Gold" that would do the Sun Studio proud, delivering a potent countrypolitan weeper in "Skid Row in My Mind," and closing out the set with a tear-jerking version of Arthur Alexander's "If It's Really Got to Be This Way." (Even more significantly, there isn't a single song about trucks to be found!) While Kirchen is still a top-rank guitar man judging from his work here, these sessions find him laying back just a bit, and rather than blazing through his solos, he aims for an ensemble feel, and with his band for these sessions including Nick Lowe, Geraint Watkins, and Robert Trehern, that sounds like a sound strategy on his part. Bill Kirchen has been making fine albums for quite a while, but he's stretched his boundaries a bit with Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods, and the result is 11 top-notch tunes that show just how many things he can do well; it's fun and impressive stuff from a true master of American roots rock. ~ Mark Deming
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Contemporary Jazz - Released August 11, 2013 | The Last Music Company

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Rock - Released November 3, 2014 | The Last Music Company