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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 12:00

Selwyn Birchwood 7/30/14

Selwyn Birchwood 7/30/14 facebook.com/selwyn.birchwood
Written by Francisco Fisher

About this Media...

  • Date Recorded: July 30, 2014
  • Artist / Band: Selwyn Birchwood
  • Hosting Show: Music at Work
  • Sound: Dan Kinney

Blues disciple Selwyn Birchwood conjures up a mean hoodoo stew with a side of steel guitar magic.

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The fires started burning hot when the native Floridian saw Buddy Guy in concert at the age of 18; he had found his calling. Just out of high school, Birchwood befriended bluesman Sunny Rhodes who bestowed some new tricks including a mastery of steel lap guitar. The youngster went on to tour with Rhodes between classes at the University of Tampa, and his career on the blues circuit was off and running.

Not yet 30 years old, Birchwood has opened for some of the greatest names in the genre including John Lee Hooker Jr., Robert Cray and his idol, Buddy Guy. He has played festivals in the U.S. and Canada including St. Louis' own "Big Muddy Blues Festival."

In 2009, Birchwood won the Central Florida Blues Challenge before forming the current iteration of The Selwyn Birchwood Band in Tampa in 2010. Members include Donald Wright on bass, Curtis Nutall on drums and Regi Oliver on saxophone. In 2013, the group took first place at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

"FL Boy," Birchwood's self-released debut album, came out in 2011 followed by "Road Worn" in 2013. After signing with Alligator Records, the Birchwood delivered "Don't Call No Ambulance" in June 2014. The album was recorded in Florida, mixed in Chicago and features an appearance from fellow Alligator Records musician Joe Louis Walker.

With his gravelly voice, virtuosic guitar playing and first-class backing band, Birchwood sears through the speakers during his Live at KDHX session. Featuring songs off the new album, one listen is enough to put you under the group's unbreakable blues spell.

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