Tampa Bay blues rocker Selwyn Birchwood is one of the hottest young guitar and slide guitarists on the blues music scene today.
Birchwood’s new Alligator Records release is called Don’t Call No Ambulance; but you may need one after listening to this collection of high octane guitar driven blues. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Sonny Rhodes, the self-taught guitarist was born in Orlando, Birchwood went to school at the University of Central Florida and received his MBA at the University of Tampa. He’s played numerous blues music festivals and won two awards in the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in February, 2013; one award for Best Band and the other for Best Guitarist. Birchwood and his band beat out 125 other bands in the competition. Birchwood is a new traditionalist; he draws on classic blues styles yet puts his own modern day spin on playing and songwriting.
There’s a number of excellent songs on Birchwood’s Alligator debut including “Hoodoo Stew,” “Brown Paper Bag,” and the funky “Queen Of Hearts. Birchwood plays Sellersville Theatre tomorrow evening, Thursday, August 21st with Guitar Shorty. He plays WXPN’s Free At Noon this Friday. RSVP here.
Below, download the title song to Birchwood’s album, “Don’t Call No Ambulance”.
My Morning Download, Selwyn Birchwood