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Five Lost Planet Airmen Fly Again

Saturday, June 29, 2019, 3:00 AM


The Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen celebrates America's musical traditions of rock ‘n' roll, Western swing, and California honky-tonk. Kirchen co-founded the original Americana band, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. His telecaster licks drove their version of "Hot Rod Lincoln" into the Top Ten of 1972. He has recorded and/or played guitar with a who's who of roots music, among them Hoyt Axton, Elvis Costello, Hazel Dickens, Bo Diddley, Sammy Hagar, Emmylou Harris, Linda Rondstadt, and Dan Hicks. One of the Commander Cody albums, "Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas," made Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums of All Time." Bill's most recent album, "Transatlanticana," stayed on the Americana Top 40 Radio chart for 5 months, cracking the Top 10 in 2016. Master steel guitarist Bobby Black has played and recorded with an astonishing number of musical stars, from his pal George Jones' very first recordings in 1953, to Ray Price, Lefty Frizzell, Webb Pierce, Barbara Mandrell, Asleep At The Wheel, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Elvin Bishop and Tom Waits. He was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2004. John Tichy, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is the founder of the Lost Planet Airmen, playing with George Frayne, aka Commander Cody, since the early 1960's.

Cost: $24/ $12 with student ID

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Winters, CA 95694

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