The Stray Birds, Tinsley Ellis, Marah, Wayne Hancock, Selwyn Birchwood, The Innocence Mission, and Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials are just a handful of the over 50 plus artists that have been announced for the Lancaster Roots & Blues festival from February 26th to February 28th in Lancaster, PA. Continue reading →
The annual Philadelphia Folk Festival is, on one level, about the music – and this year the music came in all scales. A headlining Saturday night set from Americana titan Lyle Lovett. Sets by buzzworthy up-and-comers Shakey Graves and Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. And the music of the Philadelphia region was represented in force, from Band of Rivals and Lovers League performing in the campground to PhillyBloco taking the main stage and Hoots and Hellmouth helping close the festival out on Sunday night.
But in addition to being a great festival for hearing music, it’s a great festival for seeing a music community. Philly Folk is easily among the most photogenic music gatherings in our region, and to mark its 54th year, we’ve gathered together 54 photos from last weekend’s festival, shot by photographer Hope Helmuth. Continue reading →
Philly blues-rock power trio John the Conqueror is back with a new lineup and a handful of new songs tonight at MilkBoy. The band released a well-received LP, The Good Life, in early 2014, and had a successful European run as well as a stint across the U.S. Late last year, founding drummer Michael Gardner parted ways with the band and new stick-man Mark Eichenberger stepped in; tonight is his debut show with the band. Bonus fun: as JTC gears up for its next record and round of touring, it is refreshing its merch catalog – meaning JTC tees will be given away for free at tonight’s show. Tickets and information can be fond at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Folkadelphia once again eschews the traditional definitions of “folk” in this week’s session with Cuddle Magic. Eclectic and all over the maps in terms of genre, the Brooklyn / Philadelphia group recorded four songs for this session that move from pop to avant-garde folk and back again. Continue reading →
Florida blues man Selwyn Birchwood and his crew are in the midst of the tour for their album Don’t Call No Ambulance, released in June on Alligator Records. Birchwood and the band held nothing back in their Free At Noon show this afternoon; after playing the Sellersville Theater last night, the musicians’ fresh energy during this performance brought to life the deep blues sound that saturates the album. Continue reading →
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 (out tomorrow); but you may need one after listening to this collection of high octane guitar driven blues. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Sonny Rhodes, and the self-taught guitarist was born in Orlando, 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 is a new traditionalist; he draws on classic blues styles yet puts his own modern day spin on playing and songwriting.
Birchwood plays Sellersville Theatre on Thursday, August 21st with Guitar Shorty.
Below, listen to the title song to his new album, Don’t Call No Ambulance.