BURNIN‘ DOWN THE HOUSE: Blues guitarist Selwyn Birchwood plays songs from his ‘Living in a Burning House’ CD, Feb. 15.
Wednesday February 15, 2023 08:00 PM EST
CL Critic Hal Horowtiz Recommends: You can depend on any Alligator label blues artist to have the chops, songs and stage presence to deliver a rollicking, fiery set. Birchwood is no exception. Fluent on lap steel as well as guitar, his band also includes a baritone saxist who provides cool counterpoint horn lines. A frequent Blind Willie’s visitor, the Florida bred Birchwood has established himself as a local favorite, delivering sweat soaked blues rocking with dollops of tough funk. — HH
From the venue:With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. His deep familiarity with blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures, all delivered with a revival tent preacher's fervor and a natural storyteller's charisma. Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don't Call No Ambulance, Birchwood's meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal, as he continues to set the contemporary blues world on fire.
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