By Kevin on March 1, 2013
Great news!!! We have moved up to #12 on the Roots Music Report’s Nation Blues Airplay Chart for March 1, 2013! Thanks to all the DJ’s who have helped make that happen and continue to keep the blues alive!MORE >>
By Kevin on February 28, 2013
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
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By Kevin on February 19, 2013
We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a new blues every Sunday from 6-9PM at The Blue Diamond, starting March 10! The Blue Diamond is a great venue that is dedicated to live music 7 days week, and is located at 2016 NE Sandy in Portland, OR. Hope to see you there as we look start a new chapter in our long standing Sunday evening jam tradition!MORE >>
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By Kevin on January 31, 2013
Come help us celebrate our debut release on world renown blues label Delta Groove! The CD release party for “Long Walk Home” will be held on Sunday, February 24th at Duff’s Garage at 1635 SE 7th Ave in Portland from 7-10PM. An all star cast of artists from the recording will be on hand for the show including Tornadoes Jimi Bott (drums) and Allen Markel (bass), Mitch Kashmar (harmonica), Joe McCarthy (trumpet), Chris Mercer (tenor sax), Brad Ulrich (baritone sax), Steve Kerin (piano), and Dover Weinberg (organ). Cover for the show is $12, with a $1 discount for CBA members.
“Long Walk Home” features longtime Tornadoes 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 on harmonica, Gene Taylor (The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Blasters, Canned Heat) on piano, and Doug James (Roomful of Blues, Jimmie Vaughan) on baritone sax, as well as many of Portland’s finest musicians such as Joe McCarthy, Brad Ulrich, Chris Mercer, Steve Kerin, and Dover Weinberg.
Delta Groove is the leader in West Coast and Roots music, having garnered a 2009 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Record Label of The Year from the Blues Foundation. Their impressive catalog of releases include works from legendary artists such as Elvin Bishop, Rod Piazza, Candye Kane, and The Mannish Boys.MORE >>
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By Kevin on January 14, 2013
Portland, OR based musician and Cascade Blues Association Hall of Famer Kevin Selfe has signed a recording deal with world renown blues label, Delta Groove, and is set to release his debut recording on February 19, 2013 The CD, entitled Long Walk Home, includes 11 original compositions demonstrating Selfe’s 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 on harmonica, Gene Taylor (The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Blasters) on piano, and Doug James (Roomful of Blues, Jimmie Vaughan) on baritone sax.
Delta Groove is the leader in West Coast and Roots music, having garnered a 2009 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Record Label of The Year from the Blues Foundation. Their impressive catalog of releases include works from legendary artists such as Elvin Bishop, Rod Piazza, Candye Kane, and The Mannish Boys.
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By Kevin on December 14, 2012
For those of you who don’t know, The Blues Music Awards (once called the Handy’s) are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded musicians and songwriters in Blues music. Voting is open to all members of the Blues Foundation, and if you are not already a member, please consider joining The Blues Foundation by going to www.blues.org. Membership is only $25 a year, and it goes a long ways towards helping keep the blues alive.
Although this is his 14th nomination, Jimi has YET to bring home the award. That is 14 nominations in the 18 years there has been a drummer category, and 12 in a row. His 14 nominations now make him the MOST nominated drummer in the history of the awards! That is more nominations than legendary drummers, Willie “Big Eyes’ Smith (Muddy Waters) and Sam Lay (Howlin Wolf, Little Walter, Muddy Waters). But yet a lot of people still do not know who he is. My purpose of this is not necessarily to get you to vote for him, even though he truly is one of the most talented, deserving, and humble musicians around. It is to bring awareness of who he is and what he has done, for those of you who might not be familiar with him, so you can make an educated choice when it does come time to vote.
Jimi has one of the most impressive resumes around as he has spent nearly three decades touring the world with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Mannish Boys, Rod Piazza, and Mark Hummel. He has over 70 recordings to his credit including William Clarke, Billy Boy Arnold, and James Harman.
But this is not about his past resume…this is about what Jimi has done just THIS year. He recorded on numerous CD’s including The Mannish Boys “Double Dynamite” which is nominated for three 2013 Blues Music Awards, and Smokin Joe Kubek and B’Nois King’s “Close To The Bone”. In 2012 he performed over 150 shows in the U.S. and Europe, including the 2012 Blues Music Awards Ceremony (Memphis, TN), Notodden Blues Festival (Norway), Zouk Mikael International Music Festival (Lebanon), Cazorla Blues Festival (Spain), Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival (Simi Valley, CA), and The Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland, OR).
To hear a sample of Jimi’s recording with 2013 BMA Nominee The Mannish Boys, visit
A few youtube videos
Muddy Waters Tribute with Mud Morganfield, James Cotton, and Bob Margolin at the Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, May 2012
With Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes, at the Alberta Rose Theater, Portland, OR, May 2012
With the Mannish Boys, Nottoden Blues Festival, Norway, August 2012
With Honey Piazza at the Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, May 2012
With Janiva Magness and The Mannish Boys at the Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, May 2012
Jimi Bott’s interview at The Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival
Here is a list of all the people Jimi has performed or recorded with…just THIS year. Names in bold are 2013 BMA Nominees:
The Mannish Boys
Willie J Campbell
Mary Bridget Davies
Billy Boy Arnold
Sugar Ray Rayford
Kirk “Eli” Fletcher
Franck “Paris Slim” Goldwasser
Smokin Joe Kubek
Rich Del Grosso
Jonn Del Toro Richardson
Monster Mike Welch
Erkan Ozdemir Gaperon
Phil ” Suburban Slim” Wagner
and many, many, more…
And, on top of this, he runs his studio in Portland, OR, Roseleaf Recording, and is a full time daddy to three lovely children under 6 years old!
So, if you have a moment and are a Blues Foundation member, please take the time to consider Jimi for your vote. If you are not a member yet, please consider joining the Blues Foundation by visiting www.blues.org Your membership really does a lot to keep the blues alive!
Thank you so much for your time and consideration,
Kevin SelfeMORE >>
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