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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 textuers, 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 to nothing short of phenomenal, as he continues to set the contemporary blues world on fire. The album received the Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics' Award for Best Debut Album Of 2014, and he won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award. Selwyn and his band have crisscrossed the U.S. and Europe repeatedly, delivering unforgettable live performances. With his new album, Pick Your Poison, Birchwood, along with his band-saxophonist Regi Oliver, bassist Huff Wright and drummer Courney "Big Love" Girlie-takes a major step forward, crafing visionary blues for a new generation of forward-looking fans.
See Selwyn Birchwood at The Rabbit Hole in Charlotte October 5
Blues on the Air Around the World
Check out the links on these artists our members have seen and highly recommend!
Kaz Hawkins Band
Ireland's Kaz Hawkins shares some of her favorite artists in two shows airing on the BBC.
The members of Charlotte Blues Society saw some great talent in Memphis this past January & February during the IBC. One of those bands "LIMELIGHT" the first ever Melbourne Australia youth band to play at the IBC. They were: Charlie Bedford, Hayden Powell, Cameron Powell & Harvey Constable. Their EP "Take One" was released in 2016. In mid 2017, Charlie Bedford left Limelight to work on solo projects. The Powell Brothers, Hayden & Cameron continue with Harvey Constable as a strong trio. We look for exciting things in the future from these artists in their separate projects.
Limelight ( From Australia)
Dave Warmerdam (solo duo with Robbert Fossen) Dutch Blues Foundation Photo:Rick Kite
Robbert Fossen & Dave Warmerdam
Dave Warmerdam and Robbert Fossen competed in the Solo/Duo Competition representing Dutch Blues Foundation at the IBC in 2017 in Memphis. Warmerdam, 16 on piano, joined Fossen, winner of the 2014 Dutch Blues Award as best vocalist. 2017 was Fossen's second trip to the IBC, performing in 2013 where he made it to the finals as a duo and the first Dutch act ever. Fossen and Warmerdam's performance that got them to Memphis is here
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