Back to the crossroads
It’s a story as old as the blues — some frustrated cat wants musical success and sells out to Satan to get it. However, Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame inductees Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes have decided to flip the script, releasing a new CD titled “Buy My Soul Back” this week.
The multi-award-winning band’s release is Selfe’s fourth and will be marked by a bash featuring a who’s who of local blues folks, including national Blues Music Award winners Jimi Bott and Lisa Mann, as well as Allen Markel, James Pace, Steve Kerin, Brad Ulrich, Joe McCarthy, Chris Mercer, Don Shultz and Pete Moss.
The new record swings, walks, talks and growls, with standout cuts including the title song, which would sound just fine on a Robert Cray album, as well as the swampy “Diggin My Own Grave.” Selfe also covers the Bruce Springsteen tune “I’m On Fire,” which features a nice harmonica solo by Mitch Kashmar, one of our city’s finest harp players.
“It’s a wide range of blues styles, not pigeonholed into one thing,” Selfe says, noting “Buy My Soul Back” features contributions from members of The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Tommy Castro keyboardist James Pace.
“We didn’t just want a traditional blues album, or just West Coast swing, we wanted a variety,” Selfe says. “This record represents what you’ll hear from us live.”
Selfe adds the band plans to tour early next year to promote the record throughout the Southwest as well as the East Coast. You can hear bits and pieces of it at kevinselfe.com.
Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E. Burnside St. $15 in advance, $18 day of show, $100 VIP.
Info: 503-206-7630, bossanova ballroom.com.