Visionary Blues Star Selwyn Birchwood Releases "Revelation" Video
[03/02/2021] his singer-songwriter continues to leap forward…intent on both working in the blues idiom and expanding on it. His vocals are as tough as these funky, surprising sounds demand. The 13 original songs are constructed for drama….stories and sounds combine to haunt beyond their specific references, as the best blues songs will." --The Wall Street Journal
"Living In A Burning House has a big, ferocious sound...it's in your face and exquisitely detailed. Massive, funky greasy grooves...scorching barroom anthems with nasty slide and honking, baritone sax Strolling rave-up, soul blues with killer vocals. Birchwood delivers knotty, ladder-climbing, biting, distorted guitar, as he testifies to the core about the relentless search for belonging. His solos bleed emotion. On Living In A Burning House, Birchwood erases arbitrary boundaries between blues and R&B. He openly draws from history but situates his original music expansively in the here and now...emotionally resonant and visionary." --AllMusic
"Selwyn Birchwood reaches back in the blues tradition to launch something out of this world." --No Depression
Groundbreaking young blues visionary Selwyn Birchwood has just released a riveting new video for his song, Revelation. The highly-charged, hair-raising track appears on Birchwood's recently released third Alligator album, Living In A Burning House. Living Blues declared, "With Living in a Burning House, the 35-year-old guitarist may have made his most fully realized artistic statement to date. But it’s clear, too, that in many ways he’s just getting started."
According to Birchwood, Revelation is a reflection on what's happening now, with the song's message amplified through the video. "This music and video are meant to be felt, not just seen. Revelation projects my interpretation of the Book of Revelation as it unfolds before our eyes. It sizzles in a fever dream of haunting sounds and powerful imagery.”
Watch and listen to Revelation:
Birchwood calls his original music “electric swamp funkin’ blues,” defined by raw and soulful musicianship played with fire-and-brimstone fervor. His gritty, unvarnished vocals draw his audience deep inside his unforgettable tales of love, passion, pain and pleasure. No other band on the current blues scene is built quite like Birchwood’s. In addition to Selwyn’s electrifying guitar and lap steel playing, the other featured instrument is Regi Oliver’s driving baritone sax. The group is rounded out by bass, drums and keyboards.
Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, Birchwood’s meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal. The album received the Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics’ Award for Best Debut Album Of 2014, and he won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award. Rave reviews ran in publications from Rolling Stone to The Wall Street Journal, from The Chicago Tribune to The San Francisco Chronicle. He followed in 2016 with Pick Your Poison. DownBeat said, “There’s a deep-seated power about Birchwood’s singing and six string/lap steel guitar work...and there’s an unmistakable emotion and honesty linking him to forebearers like Muddy Waters.”
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