Author Archives: Rich Kienzle

Vince Gill

Down To My Last Bad Habit

In the four years since his Guitar Slinger album, Vince Gill kept busy producing others, recording an album with the Time Jumpers and a Bakersfield tribute with pedal steeler Paul Franklin. This time, working with Franklin, other Nashville guitarists and Willie Weeks on (more…)

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New York Is My Home

Dion DiMucci, the Bronx doo-wop singer who became immortal in 1961 with Dion and the Belmonts (“Teenager In Love”), and on solo rock hits like “The Wanderer” re-invented himself as a folk-blues singer after producer John Hammond signed him to Columbia in 1962 (the (more…)

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Rodney Crowell, Richard Bennett, Wes Langlois, Chris Scruggs, and others

Music From the Motion Picture I Saw The Light
Seeing The Light

I Saw The Light, the recently released Hank Williams Sr. biopic, stars Tom Hiddleston as the iconic, troubled country singer and songwriter who left an indelible impact on American music before dying in 1953 at age 29, awash in alcohol and drugs. (more…)

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Buddy Miller and Friends

Cayamo Sessions at Sea

Amid his other varied activities, over the past few years, singer-songwriter-guitarist Buddy Miller has hosted Cayamo, a week-long cruise gathering fans and his fellow artists, many occupying that nexus where Americana and classic country converge. After recording some 2012 performances for his Sirius (more…)

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Doc Watson

Live At The Bottom Line
Doc In NYC

Doc Watson appeared twice at Manhattan’s Bottom Line in 2002, in March and August. With him were guitarists Jack Lawrence, who replaced Watson’s son Merle when he retired from the road in 1983 (he died in a ’85 accident) and Merle’s son Richard. (more…)

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Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

Live In San Francisco 1971

On July 11, 1971, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, a pioneer of country rock light years from either Gram Parsons or the Eagles, appeared on KSAN-FM in San Francisco, a performance captured on tape. Lost In The Ozone, their debut album, would (more…)

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Tennessee Ernie Ford

Portrait of an American Singer
Country Boogie

“Sixteen Tons,” Tennessee Ernie Ford’s immortal 1955 interpretation of Merle Travis’ impressionistic 1946 coal-mining ode, became a country and pop standard that not only cemented Ford’s place in American music, but landed him a prime-time NBC TV series for five seasons. Despite (more…)

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Corb Lund

Things That Can't Be Undone

Lund’s debut, 2014’s Counterfeit Blues, showcased him and his three-piece Hurtin’ Albertans (guitarist Grant Siemens, upright bassist Kurt Ciesla, and drummer Brady Valgardson) revisiting previously recorded material at Sun Studios in Memphis, a fine fit with Lund’s unadorned, austere sound. This time, he and (more…)

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The Martian Denny Orchestra

en el espacio

Bob Irwin, founder-owner of New York-based Sundazed Music and a rock and jazz guitarist for decades, has a guitar-centric mind. Part of the instrumental band the Pluto Walkers, Irwin, who now lives near Nashville, continues running Sundazed as well as playing rock, (more…)

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John Pizzarelli

Midnight McCartney

His 1998 mash-up album John Pizzarelli Meets The Beatles staked his claim as a hardcore fan, and he was subsequently invited to play on Paul McCartney’s 2012 pop standards album Kisses On The Bottom. Sir Paul himself suggested Pizzarelli tackle an album of (more…)

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