Ex-Roanoker Kevin Selfe receives big blues honor in the Northwest

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Posted: Friday, November 7, 2014 11:34 am

For years, blues guitarist/singer Kevin Selfe plied his trade in the Roanoke Valley. Things really took off for him, though, after he moved to Portland, Oregon.

On Wednesday, Selfe’s work was recognized when the Cascade Blues Association, of Portland, inducted him into its Hall of Fame for his work on electric guitar. He and his band, the Tornadoes, took three Muddy Awards that night — for best traditional blues act, best electric guitarist and best drummer.

Tornadoes drummer Jimi Bott received his 12th Muddy for his drumming, which is so many that he is now retired from it and that award is named for him.

The trio itself is also part of the Cascades society’s hall of fame, so I guess it’s safe to say that Selfe has dominated that scene. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, and a real student of the blues.

If you don’t know his music, check out his debut Delta Groove Records CD release, “Long Walk Home,” released last year. Or check out the attached video, complete with horns and organ.