Monday, 22 December 2014 16:46

Blues Best Bet: Selwyn Birchwood

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Selwyn Birchwood
Tip Top Deluxe, Grand Rapids
Jan. 25, 8 p.m.
$16 in advance, $18 day of
Ticket website, (616) 272-3910

Hey, you. What do you have going on this boring Sunday night? Chances are, not much. Instead, see a raw, authentic bluesman that will sex-up your ear canals with some intense, juicy guitar twanging. The name’s Selwyn Birchwood, and day-am, is he ever good. By laying down slinky, sleek vocals over a meandering, deep-seeded blues strum, Birchwood is modernizing traditional down-in-the-delta harmonies in ways few other contemporary guitarists can manage.

A native Floridian, Birchwood has been drawing raves from critics ever since he splashed out onto the music scene in the earlier part of this decade. Currently on tour with his eponymous four-piece band, Birchwood & Co. are hitting up Tip Top Deluxe for what’s sure to be an evening filled with more heart-grabbing songs than heart-stopping quarter-pounders. Give him a go; who says January can’t be a little hot, if a little blue, too?

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