rockabilly guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen
was inducted into the Washington Area Music Association
Hall of Fame in 2002, in the illustrious company of Dave
Grohl and John Phillip Sousa.
30-year music career draws upon blues, bluegrass, Western
swing and honky tonk, and includes performances with the
likes of Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Danny Gatton and Elvis
Costello. After his trademark lead-guitar licks launched
the 1972 Commander Cody hit “Hot Rod Lincoln” onto the Top
10 charts, Guitar Player magazine named Kirchen “a
titan of the Telecaster.”
to Nick Lowe, “He’s like a devastating culmination of the
elegant and funky . . . a really sensational musician, with
year, Kirchen released his first album in five years, Hammer
of the Honky-Tonk Gods, and he’s celebrating with a
and his band roll into Troy for a show at the Ale House
(680 River St.) at 8 PM on Sunday (March 9). Tickets are
$15. For more information or to buy tickets, call the Ale
House at 272-9740.
College of Saint Rose literary series, Frequency North,
awakens from a long winter’s nap with a program tonight
(Thursday) featuring Darcey Steinke and Gregory Pardlo.
Steinke’s most recent book isn’t actually a novel at all.
It’s the acclaimed Easter Everywhere: A Memoir, which
was kindly reviewed by Entertainment Weekly. Poet
Pardlo won the 2007 American Poetry Review/Honickman
Prize for his collection Totem.
North will present Darcey Steinke and Gregory Pardlo today
(Thursday, March 6) at 7:30 PM in the Neil Hellman Library
(College of Saint Rose, 392 Western Ave., Albany). The reading
is free and open to the public. For more info, call (800)
is a musical for people who don’t like musicals. That is
not to say that people who generally enjoy musicals don’t
like it—they do. It has terrific songs, like “Sit Down John,”
the performance of which is pictured here. But with its
historical setting (the American Revolution) and political
drama (the writing of the Declaration of Independence),
the Peter Stone-Sherman Edwards show brings in a lot of
folks who wouldn’t know Lerner from Lowe or Oscar from Hammerstein.
New York State Theatre Institute is restaging its acclaimed
production of 1776 beginning this weekend. Based
on past performance, we think you might enjoy it very much.
production of 1776 opens tomorrow (Friday, March
7) and continues through March 19 at Schacht Fine Arts Center
(Russell Sage College, Division Street, Troy). Performances
are Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets
are $20, $16 students and seniors, and $10 children. For
more info, call 274-3256.