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Tied to the Wheel
2001, Hightone Records
- Bill Kirchen deserves entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame simply for being the guy who created the opening guitar lick to Hot Rod Lincoln during his years with Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen. He hasnt lost his touch.
Tied to the Wheel, his latest solo release, is really an ode to the almost dying art of the truck driving song. It begins with the honky-tonk Truck Stop At the End of the World (co-written with Cody) and sets the tone for the album. Sorry trucker but you cant go back/ they just hit Chicago with a sneak attack/ Detroit and Frisco are nothing but great big holes/ I dont know about you, but Im gonna make it/ I got my rig wound up and Im gonna take it to the truck stop at the end of the world.
Other 18-wheeled tunes include Roll Truck Roll, Hillbilly Truck Drivin Man, the title tune, along with hardcore cry-in-your-beer ballads like Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and the Blackie Farrell-penned One More Hour of Blues and Tryin to Turn Her Memory Off.
There are a couple of ballads tossed in, along with a dead-on cover of Bob Dylans Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues, but for the most part Tied to the Wheel is a showcase for Kirchens dieselbilly Telecaster work. Required listening for anyone planning a road trip.Michael Gaither