ST. PETERSBURG — Groundbreaking younger blues visionary Selwyn Birchwood will carry out Saturday, June 26, 8 p.m., on the Palladium at St. Petersburg Faculty, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
Tickets begin at $25. Name 727-822-3590 or go to mypalladium.org.
Birchwood’s newest album is his extremely anticipated third Alligator album, “Dwelling in a Burning Home,” launched Jan. 29. The Florida native and rising guitar and lap metal participant calls his authentic music “electrical swamp funkin’ blues,” outlined by uncooked and soulful musicianship performed with fire-and-brimstone fervor. His gritty, unvarnished vocals draw his viewers deep inside his unforgettable tales of affection, ardour, ache and pleasure. Along with Birchwood’s electrifying guitar and lap metal enjoying, the opposite featured instrument is Regi Oliver’s driving baritone sax. The group is rounded out by bass, drums and, for the primary time, keyboards.
“With the keyboards, it’s like we’re a complete new band with an even bigger footprint,” Birchwood mentioned. “I can actually stretch out on guitar whereas nonetheless that includes the baritone.”
Along with his band feeding off his vitality, the 6’3” musician together with his trademark Afro roams the stage — typically barefoot — ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. With two earlier Alligator Data releases and numerous performances beneath his belt, Birchwood is driving excessive.
Desirous to seize the ability of the bigger band, Birchwood introduced in Tom Hambridge to supply the brand new album. “Dwelling in a Burning Home” was recorded in Birchwood’s residence state of Florida. The album options 13 songs written and organized by Birchwood. Among the many tracks on the brand new launch are “I’d Climb Mountains,” “She’s a Dime,” “One Extra Time,” and “Revelation,” in addition to the title monitor.
Birchwood was born in 1985 in Orlando. He first grabbed a guitar at age 13 and shortly turned proficient at mimicking what he heard on the radio. However the widespread grunge rock, hip-hop and steel of the Nineteen Nineties didn’t transfer him, and he rapidly grew bored. Then he heard Jimi Hendrix and by age 17 was deep into the blues, listening to Albert King, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins and particularly Buddy Man.
As his guitar proficiency grew, a buddy instructed Birchwood that his neighbor was a blues guitarist and had a band. The 19-year-old went over to test it out and jam. The guitar-playing neighbor turned out to be the Texas-born blues legend Sonny Rhodes, who was immediately impressed with the enthusiastic younger guitar slinger. Inside one month’s time, Rhodes requested Birchwood to pack his luggage and be part of him on the highway. It was an unimaginable expertise for Birchwood, as Rhodes took the teenager beneath his wing, not solely educating him guitar and lap metal, but additionally the best way to conduct enterprise, the best way to run a band, and the best way to attain an viewers.
Rhodes insisted Birchwood go to varsity and all the time held the guitar spot in his band open for at any time when he was accessible. It was a win-win state of affairs, as Birchwood — via onerous work and scholarships — acquired his MBA from the College of Tampa.
Combining the musical classes realized from Rhodes and his enterprise acumen, Birchwood established the Selwyn Birchwood Band in 2010. The lineup included seasoned, veteran musicians who selected to play with the brand new child on the block.
Birchwood launched the self-produced “FL Boy” in 2011. The debut helped the band land gigs exterior of their Florida base, the place they have been changing into native heroes.
In 2013, Birchwood and his band gained the Worldwide Blues Problem in Memphis, besting 150 different bands. The win led to extra success, and in 2014 Birchwood had signed with Alligator Data. “Don’t Name No Ambulance,” his first Alligator album, earned rave opinions in publications from Rolling Stone to The Wall Avenue Journal. The album gained each the Dwelling Blues Award and the Blues Music Award for Greatest New Artist Debut. He adopted in 2016 with “Decide Your Poison.”
“I write and sing what I do know,” mentioned Birchwood. With the brand new album, the visionary bluesman is trying ahead to successful over 1000’s of recent followers. “They are saying the whole lot is best when it’s made with love,” Birchwood added. “That’s how we play our music and that’s how we made the brand new album. I need my viewers to say, ‘I do know precisely what that seems like,’ when a tune hits them. As a result of that’s when it stops simply being music and begins being medication. In any case, we’re all stricken with the situation of being human.”