Award-winning Florida bluesman Selwyn Birchwood, who helped close out the now-closed Bradfordville Blues Club in March with a sold-out show, will be promoting his new album this month. I am back in Tallahassee because of.
Birchwood will perform live at Tallahassee’s House of Music on Saturday, June 10th to mark the release of Alligator Records’ long-awaited fourth album, The Exorcist, on June 9th.
The guitarist, rap steeler, songwriter and vocalist paves the way for the blues future with his visionary original music. He calls it “Electric Swamp Funkin’ Blues”, a mix of blues, hard-hitting psychedelic rock, booty-shaking funk and sweet Southern soul that is played and sung frenziedly. I’m here.
Sensemaker’s Americana music magazine, No Depression, said, “Selwyn Birchwood returns to the blues tradition and hits something otherworldly.”
The Exorcist will be available on purple vinyl LP, CD and all popular streaming and download sites. The first single, Howling Florida Man Torn From Headlines, was released on May 9.
With “The Exorcist,” Birchwood presents a musically adventurous album. Recorded in Florida and produced by Grammy Award winner Tom Hambridge, each of his 13 detailed songs was written and arranged by Birchwood.
Soul-baring tracks hit with enduring rhymes and unexpected rhythms. From her love-failed “Horns Below Her Halo” to the love-failed horror “Exorcist” to the autobiographical “Underdog,” each tells its own story.
Blues Music Magazine said, “Selwyn Birchwood ushers in a fresh and exciting new direction for the blues. Tapping toes, hips-shaking, fun and engaging… breadth and focus, exploration and history.” but always original.”
Birchwood captivates audiences with a warm personality that is as down-to-earth as his thought-provoking music. As he sits down to play his lap steel, the music drives away all bad times and troubles, taking the audience to a whole other level.
Birchwood first entered the blues scene in 2011 with the self-released, self-produced FL Boy. After winning the 2013 International His Blues Challenge in Memphis, Birchwood found the door wide open. He took a step forward in 2014 with his Alligator record debut his album Don’t Call No Ambulance.
It received rave reviews in publications ranging from Rolling Stone to The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune to San Francisco Chronicle. The album won a Living Blues Award and a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut. This was followed by the fan favorite “Pick Your Poison” in 2016 and the groundbreaking “Living In A Burning House” in 2021. He won the coveted BMA Song of the Year Award for “Eyed Climb Mountains” from that album.
Now Selwyn Birchwood and his band are The Exorcist, ready to bring new music live to a growing audience and lift the spirits while casting out demons.
When fans asked what to expect when they saw him, Birchwood replied: We make you dance, and we make you think. ”
if you go
what: Blues guitarist Selwyn Birchwood
when: Saturday, June 10, 8:00 p.m.
where: House of Music Tallahassee, 2011 S. Monroe Street
tickets: $18-$25; houseofmusically.com