Coming to Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
On August 31, 2018 (more information)
When it comes to describing blues musicians, terms like “hard hitting” and “powerhouse” are often thrown around, and guitarists in particular are described as being “ferocious axe men” or “uncompromising flame throwers.” Each of these descriptions could easily be applied to Selwyn Birchwood, as his prowess on the guitar and the lap steel – and the emotions he can pull forth with these instruments really are extraordinary. At the same time, it would be a disservice to Mr. Birchwood to dangle such one-sided descriptions of his work out there to potential audiences.
Selwyn Birchwood is no one-trick pony. His songwriting and lyrics are a breath of fresh air in a genre that is often stuck in the same old rut. (Them’s the blues, after all). Each of the 13 tracks on his latest release, “Pick Your Poison” were written and produced by Selwyn Birchwood and they demonstrate that he is both a gifted lyricist and an exceptional producer. Birchwood’s songs have that hard to achieve quality in which everything is done the right way, at the right time and to the right extent. There is a balance and an interplay between the various aspects of his songs which even seasoned veterans seldom achieve in their recordings. Each track comes out like a well-prepared seven course meal at a five star restaurant, where there’s just the right amount of each flavor presented to make the whole experience deliciously interesting.
If there were one aspect of his music that truly “pulls no punches” it would be his lyrics, which range from the humorously personal “My Whiskey Loves my Ex” to the cautionary warnings within “Police State” and “Even the Saved Need Saving.” Selwyn covers a gamut of issues with his songs, and does so in a manner that is smart, relevant and ultimately – refreshing. It doesn’t hurt that he can sing, either.
Tickets to his show at The Center for Performing Arts of Bonita Springs are still available. Do not pass up this opportunity to see him in such an intimate venue, as this man’s star is rising, and such opportunities may not be around much longer.