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Raise a Ruckus
Bill Kirchen, Bill Kerchen
Raise a Ruckus
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1

Bill Kirchen remains the king of twangabilly, truck-driving guitar, but this diverse CD is something else. "Girlfriend" is thumping country; "Big Hat/No Cattle" is fanciful swing; "She's a Yum Yum" is a Dallas Frazier-penn...  more »

      
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All Artists: Bill Kirchen, Bill Kerchen
Title: Raise a Ruckus
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Hightone Records
Release Date: 4/20/1999
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Country Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 012928810029

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Bill Kirchen remains the king of twangabilly, truck-driving guitar, but this diverse CD is something else. "Girlfriend" is thumping country; "Big Hat/No Cattle" is fanciful swing; "She's a Yum Yum" is a Dallas Frazier-penned, Charlie Rich-covered, off-the-wall remake; "Interstate" sports Jimmy Bryant-inspired liquid licks; and "Flip Flop" (with references to Professor Longhair, Stanley Brothers, and Buck Owens) and "Little Bitty Record" indulge Kirchen's brand of nostalgia. But he also augments his trio with various San Antonio pickers and horn players who give his music new kick and textures. The title song is an ominous-sounding novelty, while "Fly on Your Jacket" flaunts novel-sounding rage. "Dreamworld" is a lovely border ballad, and the soulish "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" bears a pathos that's neither traditional nor contemporary country, but pathos in a world all its own. Bravo. --John Morthland
 

CD Reviews

Fabulous album that covers the whole spectrum of Americana.
05/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Bill Kirchen demonstrates a mastery of many styles: his idiosyncratic 'dieselbilly', hard country, swamp rock, border pop and the soul ballad. Most songs are originals, the best co-written with his wife, Louise ( who also duets on a Blackie Farrell tune ). This is an album that delights thru and thru; naming a favorite song is nearly impossible ( though the clever country swing of 'Big Hat, No Cattle' - hello, George Strait - sure makes me hit that replay button ). That an artist as talented and engaging as Bill Kirchen can't get played all over the radio is a crime; this album proves it."