Johnny Cash - "I think he's great."
Nick Lowe - "A devastating culmination of the elegant and the funky, a really sensational musician with enormous depth."
Pop Matters - "He is one of the singular instrumental stylists of American roots music, and to hear his sound once is to have it indelibly etched on one’s musical memory."
No Depression - "You might call [Hot Rod Lincoln] the Triumph of the Telecaster. Then again, you might say that about Kirchen's whole career."
3rd Coast Music - "Most discographies have their ups and downs, but Bill Kirchen's albums just get better and better."
San Francisco Chronicle - "Kirchen can count on the respect of anybody who knows his work."
Puremusic.com - "one of the classic American artists."
Austin-American Statesman - "Bill Kirchen rules, it's just that simple...scorching guitar runs in all directions..."
Indy Week - "one of the best guitarists in the land"
Vintage Guitar Magazine - "an American treasure"
Washington City Paper - “Like an impassioned preacher in a souped-up convertible, Kirchen described passing Muddy Waters, Link Wray, Merle Haggard, B. B. King, Carl Perkins, Jimi Hendrix and more, nodding in tribute to each one with a perfect guitar quotation as he drove by. … Bill Kirchen took every one for the ride of their lives in his Hot Rod Lincoln.”
Rolling Stone - “Opening night was particularly special due to the presence of Les Paul and Albert Lee, ... Bill Kirchen cranked up his Tele for a set that gave the crowd a hotfoot, sparked by his epic cover of [‘Hot Rod Lincoln’]. (review of Danny Gatton Tribute, New York, Tramps)”