With special guests Hayes Griffin & Adam Schlenker
Bill Kirchen, founding member of Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen and Radoslav Lorković, current pianist with Asleep At The Wheel join forces for a whirlwind midwest jaunt. Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen first gained national recognition as a founding member of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. His trademark guitar licks drove their Hot Rod Lincoln cut into the Top Ten in 1972. He has released twelve CDs on his own, and played guitar live or on record with a who's who of Americana and Roots Rock 'N' Roll, among them Gene Vincent, Link Wray, Bo Diddley, Hazel Dickens, Doug Sahm, Hoyt Axton, Emmylou Harris, Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello. His latest recordings are The Proper Years and two 12’ vinyls, Tombstone Every Mile and Waxworks, all on Last Music Company.
Radoslav Lorković is a Croatian born and classically trained folk and blues musician, known in particular for his flair on the piano and accordion. Rad is currently playing piano with Asleep At The Wheel, and has recorded and performed with Odetta, Jimmy LaFave, Shawn Mullins, Greg Brown and more, His 47 year career as a touring musician has taken him around the world, where he has performed from castles in Italy to Carnegie Hall. He tells me he began his career as a Commander Cody protégée!
Every once in a while musicians find themselves in a pairing that is greater than the sum of its parts and this is certainly true for Adam Schlenker and Hayes Griffin. Geography kept the duo from working together regularly for several years but 2021 brought Hayes Griffin back to central Ohio and brought the pairing back to life. They quickly began exploring sounds through the American Roots Recap Concert Series where each concert reflects a different style or era in acoustic roots music. One sound that stood out to them was that of The Monroe Brothers and “brothers duos” of the 1930’s in general. Long Journey Home not only celebrates the brother duo sound but also serves as the beginning of a new era for this duo. They set aside their original compositions for this project and focused on the standard material that helped shape the genre, paying homage to their roots and setting bar for projects moving forward.
The Round Creek String Band is high-energy a string band in West Michigan available for concerts, dances, workshops, festivals and weddings. Band members include Caleb Hofheinz, Erik White, Tom Sutherland, Jason Wheeler, and Sam Herman.
The only thing as good as the show? The drink you have after
GRAB A BITE, BEFORE OR AFTER
A few short steps from the Listening Room is One Twenty Three—our neighborly New American Tavern, serving hearty dishes with modern flare.