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SELWYN BIRCHWOOD

Selwyn Birchwood, g & voc
Regi Oliver, bs
Huff Wright, b
Courtney “Big Love” Girlie, dr

Selwyn Birchwood, Florida’s rising young blues fireball is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion. His ability to win over an audience – any audience – is proven night after night on the bandstand. With his warm, magnetic personality, Birchwood is as down-to-earth as his music is fun, thought-provoking and vital. In 2013, Birchwood won the world-renowned International Blues Challenge. He also took home the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award. It wasn’t long before Alligator Records offered Birchwood a contract. His debut album, “Don’t Call No Ambulance”, is a fully realized vision of contemporary blues. Birchwood’s original songs range from raucous romps to hill country stomps, from searing, serious slow blues to modern blues rock. Birchwood was born in 1985 in Orlando, Florida. He first grabbed a guitar at age 13. By 17 he was deep into the blues, listening to Albert King, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins and especially Buddy Guy. Selwyn’s neighbour – when he was 19 - was the Texas-born blues legend Sonny Rhodes, who was instantly impressed with the enthusiastic young guitar slinger. Within one month’s time, Rhodes asked Birchwood to pack his bags and join him on the road. It was an incredible experience for Birchwood, as Rhodes took the youngster under his wing, not only teaching him guitar and lap steel, but also how to conduct business, how to run a band, how to reach an audience. Combining the musical lessons learned from Rhodes and his business acumen, Birchwood, now living in Tampa, formed the current version of The Selwyn Birchwood Band in 2010 and they have been touring non-stop ever since. Birchwood has opened for major blues stars including Robert Cray and Buddy Guy and has shared the stage with his mentor Sonny Rhodes and another friend and teacher, Joe Louis Walker. Selwyn Birchwood steps onto the world stage, bringing a new wave of blues to a new generation of blues fans.

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