ALLIGATOR RECORDS SIGNS 2013 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE WINNER – SELWYN BIRCHWOOD
DON’T CALL NO AMBULANCE SET FOR JUNE 2014 RELEASE
“Watch out for Selwyn Birchwood…a genius revelation and a pleasure.
Roaring Fender Strat and down-south lap steel guitar” –Blues Matters
Alligator Records is pleased to announce the signing of Florida’s rising young blues star, Selwyn Birchwood, the winner (in a field of over 125 other bands) of the 2013 International Blues Challenge. Birchwood is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy who delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma. He plays high-octane blues — at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute — with true passion and honest emotion. Living Blues says, “Selwyn Birchwood is making waves, surprising people and defying expectations. Be on the lookout. He revels in the unexpected.” His label debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, is set for a June 2014 release.
Don’t Call No Ambulance is a fully realized vision of contemporary blues. Birchwood’s original songs range from raucous romps to hill country stomps, from searing, serious slow blues to modern blues rock. Between his uninhibited sense of fun and adventure and his serious-as-a-heart-attack musicianship, Don’t Call No Ambulance is a window into the future of the blues. “All originals and no filler,” he says of the album. “It’s that genuineness of emotion in the songs that people can hear.”
In 2013, Birchwood catapulted from local hero to shooting star. In addition to winning the world-renowned International Blues Challenge, Birchwood also took home the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award. It wasn’t long before Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer offered Birchwood a contract.
The Tampa Tribune says Birchwood plays with “power and precision reminiscent of blues guitar hero Buddy Guy. He is a gritty vocalist [who is] commanding with his axe.” According to Iglauer, Birchwood is the real deal. “Selwyn Birchwood is a terrific young blues talent with a huge future. He writes smart, infectious, fresh songs and delivers them with a warm, conversational vocal style and a fun-loving attitude. He’s a killer guitarist, switching between a regular six-string and lap steel. Live, he’s a ball of energy, interacting with the audience like they were in his living room. Selwyn is destined to be one of the next stars in the blues world.”
The Selwyn Birchwood Band has been touring non-stop since winning the IBC. The band has performed at festivals including The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Springing The Blues Festival, The Tampa Bay Blues Festival, The North Atlantic Blues Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival as well as on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Birchwood has opened for major blues stars including Robert Cray and Buddy Guy and has shared the stage with another friend and teacher, Joe Louis Walker (who guests on Don’t Call No Ambulance’s The River Turned Red). He recently had the opportunity, when performing in San Francisco, to bring his friend and mentor Sonny Rhodes on stage to sit in with his band. It was a moment Birchwood will never forget. “He did so much for me; it was a real honor to return the favor, if only a little.”
With Don’t Call No Ambulance, Selwyn Birchwood steps onto the world stage, bringing a new wave of blues to a new generation of blues fans. “If I can play my music, travel the world, bring happiness to people, then I’m blessed and happy,” he says. “It’s like Sonny always told me, ‘If you follow your heart, you’ll always get what you want.’”
19 years ago today, I started Intrepid Artists Int’l. I had no idea at the time it would grow into one of the World’s Premiere Blues & Roots Music Agencies. As we enter into our 20th year in business I am most blessed and grateful to have been able to come to work everyday with people I enjoy being around and proud to call not only my co workers, but more so, my friends. I am most grateful and proud to represent all the killer artists we have worked with over the years, too many to go through the list but you know who you are. I thank each and everyone of you for the opportunity and the privilege to represent you.
During this Holiday Season, Everyone at Intrepid Artists has a lot to be thankful for and we look forward to another Record Year in 2014! Thank you to EVERYONE that helped us to get to where we are today. We’re just gettin’ started! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Leading the way is the Reigning 2013 Harmonica Player of the Year, Alligator Recording artist Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, with 4 nominations! These include nominations for Band of the Year along with individual award nominations for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Harmonica Player of the Year for Rick Estrin and Guitar Player of the Year for Kid Andersen.
John Nemeth is proudly nominated for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year. Phantom Blues Band’s Tony Braunagel and Mike Finnigan are nominated for Drummer of the Year and Pine Top Perkins Piano Player of the Year, respectively.
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are nominated for Band of the Year and Walter Trout is nominated for Rock Blues Album of the Year! We could not be more proud of all of our nominees! We thank all the nominators and fans who made this possible. We hope you will go to www.blues.org and vote for any and all artists represented by Intrepid. They are all very deserving. We could not be more proud!
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Selwyn Birchwood continuously wows audiences with high-energy performances rooted deeply in the traditions of the blues greats. Selwyn took top honors at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, winning the band competition and also taking home the prestigous Albert King Award for “Best Guitarist” in the competition finals.
Diamond Day Records is excited to announce the release of The Steepwater Band’s new record: LIVE & HUMBLE! Recorded this past April at the Ace Bar in Chicago, this album is the first to feature TSB’s latest four-piece line-up. The record will be released Tuesday, December 3 on CD and iTunes.
The band is celebrating the release of LIVE & HUMBLE on Friday, November 29 at the Double Door in Chicago. You can join the band in the festivities and be the first to grab a copy of the album on that very evening. Getting the party started are two of TSB’s great friends: The Muggs, heavy psychedelic blues from Detroit, Michigan, and the Chicago R&B soul of the Nick Moss Band.
Tickets are on sale now, get em here!
Keep tuning back into steepwater.com for treats for your eyes and ears from this highly anticipated album that features over 75 minutes of kinetic live Steepwater Band rock n’ roll.
LIVE & HUMBLE
- Remember the Taker
- Off the Rails
- At the Fall of the Day
- Come On Down
- Dance Me a Number
- High and Humble
- Meet Me In the Aftermath
- Boom Boom / How Many More Times
- My Back Pocket
- All the Way to Nowhere
- World Keeps Moving On
Gig details: The Steepwater Band presents
LIVE & HUMBLE Release Party
Friday, Nov 29 2013
DOUBLE DOOR, Chicago IL