Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame member Kevin Selfe is set to release his debut recording on world renown blues label Delta Groove at Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle, WA on Saturday, March 9. An all star band of artists from the recording will be on hand for the show including Kevin Selfe on guitar and vocals, Jimi Bott (Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rod Piazza) drums, Allen Markel (Insomniacs) bass, Mitch Kashmar (WAR, Pontiax) harmonica, Joe McCarthy (DK Stewart) trumpet, Chris Mercer (John Mayall, Freddie King) tenor sax, Brad Ulrich (Duffy Bishop) baritone sax, and Dennis Lusk (Kevin Selfe) on keys.
Kevin Selfe has been electrifying audiences nationwide since breaking into the blues scene in 2006. His growing stature as a captivating story teller and passionate performer are surpassed only by his deft mastery of blues guitar. Having relocated to Portland, OR, the Virginia native is now a leading light in the Pacific Northwest’s robust blues revival. Effortlessly combining the guitar traditions of the legends and the modern masters into his own unique approach, Selfe’s stylistic depth and electric performances resonate with audiences. His live shows have grown in legend largely due to his unique gift for communicating, through guitar, the complex range of moods revealed only by blues. Selfe’s songwriting style bridges the gap between joy and angst, using piercing irony, humorous metaphors, and daring autobiographical subject matter from his own occasional walks with the blues.
Selfe is a Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame Inductee and a four-time Muddy Award winner for Blues Act of the Year, the Northwest’s annual homage to the best regional blues talent. In February 2013, he released his debut CD on Delta Groove entitled Long Walk Home, which includes 11 original compositions demonstrating his musical depth and diversity with forays into West Coast, Texas, Chicago and Delta blues. Long Walk Home features bandmates Jimi Bott on drums (formerly with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rod Piazza) and Allen Markel on bass, with guest appearances by veteran blues and roots musicians including Delta Groove labelmate Mitch Kashmar (WAR) on harmonica, Gene Taylor (The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Canned Heat, The Blasters) on piano, and Doug James (Roomful of Blues, Jimmie Vaughan) on baritone sax.
“Great jumping up and down Blues Boy and smack me upside the head this album is phenomenal!” ~ Greg Johnson, President Cascade Blues Association, February 2013
”Long Walk Home is swingin’ and soothing, fun & funny, rockin’ yet rolls easy. It’s a great disc!”~ Pat St. John – SiriusXM Radio Bluesville, January 2013
“Selfe plays with rare thoughtfulness and taste…his clean tone and deep well of approaches keep things fresh.”
~ Blues Revue