Bill Kirchen, "The Master of the Telecaster and The Purveyor of Twang", a Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock 'n' roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk. His current CD Word To The Wise on Proper American features duets with many of these artists he's worked with, including Elvis, Nick, Maria Muldaur and Dan Hicks.
Bill Kirchen on YouTube.
Up Close and Acoustic with Bill Kirchen at prx.org.
Artist Website: billkirchen.com.
A recent transplant from NYC to the Hudson Valley, Billy Rogan is an acclaimed and well-versed guitarist known mostly for his instrumental acoustic work whose influences include the styles and techniques of similar prominent guitarists compared to the likes of Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, touches of Pat Metheny, Keller Williams and Kaki King. His compositions reflect a unique combination of classical and modern fingerstlye with hints of new age sounds that blend forms with these intricate details of inspiration. His skilled touch brings stories to the strings in tales of heartfelt bits and pieces, shifting rhythms and tempos - all with a soulful, fiery feel.
Rogan's music has been featured on NPR and PBS affiliates, Sirius -XM Radio as well as The American Society of Composers and Publishing (ASCAP) main web page. His solo acoustic technique has led him to work alongside acclaimed artists in the music industry opening for Grammy nominated jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, guitarist Peter Bernstein and for recognized blues great, Alexis P Suter. Rogan has also strummed notes alongside, as well as study with guitarists, Tim Reynolds of The Dave Matthews Band, blues great Toby Walker, Patrick Sweany, Gospel Blues legend Spencer Bohren, popular ragtime/blues guitarist Roy Book Binder among many others in workshop settings while honing his craft.
Billy Rogan on YouTube. Artist Website: billyrogan.com
(Billy Rogan photo credit: Jim Rice)