"He takes the myths of our lands and adds music that retains a hint of the ancient but is truly 21st century in style. He concocts new tales for our timeless times!" (Nicky Rossiter, www.rambles.net ). Koechli was a guitarist and instrumental-composer for a long time, but now he definitely seems to be on his way to the world of Songs. Together with his groovy and brilliant backup-band "Blue Roots Compagnie", Koechli recorded 2008 a new album (meanwhile to be fourth), which presents him in best Singer/Songwriter manners and as a master of Slide guitar: The CD "laid-back" (AMA 626668), released on the label MARA-Records (LC 06842, distributed by AMA-Verlag, Germany).
Roots Music of the finest one, in two languages (French and English), sensitively produced! Koechli puts together the spirit of all his inspirations: from Blind Willie Johnson, Fred Mc Dowell and Elmore James to Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, from Gary Rafferty, Zachary Richard, Eric Clapton and Randy Newman to … his biggest influences: the laid-back-Masters J.J. Cale and Mark Knopfler. 2008, Koechli & his band played a lot of club-gigs in Switzerland (see and hear the DVD-bootleg "live, real and laid-back"), but unfortunately there was no way to realize a Europe- and USA-tour. Well, hard times for music industry....
Actually, Koechli works again as sideman (in the studio for artists like Polo Hofer, on tour with Blues-Max) and as producer for swiss artists like Dänu Wisler and Max Stenz. 2011, Koechli will release his new CD «Howlin' with the bad boys», a real Folk-Blues album, and then – your support helps! – we hope getting a chance to present Richard Koechli & Blue Roots Compagnie in your town. Official website: www.richardkoechli.ch Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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