Album Review: Seeds and Stems, by Bill Kirchen
Bill Kirchen is a national treasure, and though he resides in Austin, Texas, we’re lucky enough to see a lot of him around these parts. He is, after all, one of the masters of a telecaster style with deep roots in the area, extending from Link Wray through Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan and extending to recent bad-ass cats like Dave Chappell and Chick Hall.
Kirchen is most famous for his work with Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, and his hot new album Seeds and Stems covers the course of his career, featuring the classic Kirchen-penned Commander Cody tune “Here I Sit, All Alone With a Broken Heart, I Took Three Bennies and My Semi-Truck Won’t Start.”
The title track “Down to Seeds and Stems Again,” is a gorgeously sad and yet funny, gallows humor type song. “I’m sittin’ alone on Saturday night/ watching the late late show/ a bottle of wine and cigarettes/ but I got no place to/ I saw your other man today/ he’s wearin’ my brand new shoes/ And I’m down to seeds and stems again too.”
We’ve all be there. But tomorrow, July 6, we can all be riding high on Kirchen’s hot licks at the Birchmere. I know, it’s a long way to go and Northern Va. is anathema to any good Baltimorean and especially to Strum and Twang–the traffic alone is enough to make you feel like you took three bennies with a semi truck that won’t start–but just check out the video below and you might think it’s worth the trip. But watch out for smokey bear, good buddy.