Orlando-born Selwyn Birchwood whips up his blues not only on guitar but also on his lap steel. As a 19-year-old, Birchwood toured in the band of Texas-bred bluesman Sonny Rhodes, who urged his protégé not only to continue pursuing the blues but also to get a college degree. And so Birchwood did, earning an MBA from the University of Tampa.
Now, with two previous Alligator Records releases and countless performances under his belt, Birchwood is riding high. Wanting to capture the power of the larger band, Birchwood brought in Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Susan Tedeschi) to produce his new album, Living In A Burning House. Recorded in Birchwood’s home state of Florida, the album features 13 songs written and arranged by Birchwood. From the rocking opener I’d Climb Mountains to the sweet soul of She’s A Dime and One More Time to the hair-raising Revelation, Living In A Burning House features some of the most striking and original writing on today’s blues scene. Birchwood’s voice and vision are clear, his sound is edgy and compelling, and his stories are memorable and timeless.
“I write and sing what I know,” Birchwood says. “Sonny always said, ‘Play what’s in your heart.’ I’ve never lost sight of that.”
Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.