To Do: Selwyn Birchwood
by Aaron Sarlo • February 24, 2017
International Blues Challenge winner for 2013 Selwyn Birchwood is coming to the Spa City. He and his band (saxophonist Regi Oliver, bassist Donald “Huff” Wright and drummer Courtney Girlie) have enjoyed critical acclaim for their 2014 record, “Don’t Call No Ambulance” (best album title ever), which peaked at No. 6 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums charts and won the “New Recordings/Best Debut” honor at the 2015 Living Blues Awards. During the same time, Birchwood and his band won “Best New Artist Debut” at the Blues Music Awards, and Birchwood himself won Albert King Guitarist of the Year in 2013. Talk about a streak. But then again, all those awards weren’t simply handed to the band. The Selwyn Birchwood band earned them by stupefying audiences with good performances and by being badasses. If you are a fan of the blues, and you like to see it played with a dedication and proficiency that mirrors the greats such as Buddy Guy, Louis Walker and Robert Cray — all of whom shared stages with Selwyn Birchwood — you would be hard pressed to find a better show to attend. The evening is sponsored by the Spa City Blues Society.