By Kevin on September 18, 2014
A very big thank you to the Cascade Blues Association members for the Muddy Award nominations this year. Some amazing talent on the list as always, and it is a true honor to be recognized along side these deserving musicians that we deeply respect and look up to. In all we were nominated for 7 awards…Contemporary Blues Act, Traditional Blues Act, Electric Guitar, Male Vocals, Bass, Drums, and Lifetime Achievement (Jimi Bott). Also, 3 members of our big band were nominated as well, Steve Kerin (keys), Joe McCarthy (trumpet), and Chris Mercer (sax), as well as our good friend Peter Moss (sax). Only Cascade Blues Association members can vote, so if you aren’t a member and would like to join, please visit http://cascadebluesassociation.org/about/join-the-cba/ The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 5 at the Melody Ballroom. Here is a full list of the nominees:
Contemporary Blues Act:
Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes
Lisa Mann & Her Really Good Band
The Strange Tones
Ken DeRouchie Band
Lloyd Jones Struggle
Norman Sylvester Band
Traditional Blues Act:
Ben Rice & The iLLamatics
Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes
Tevis Hodge, Jr.
Still Water Vibes
Tracey Fordice & The 8 Balls
Hank Shreve Band
Randy Oxford Band
“Duffy Bishop” Female Vocalist:
“Curtis Salgado” Male Vocalist:
Phil “Suburban Slim” Wagner
Phil “Suburban Slim” Wagner
“Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar:
Tevis Hodge, Jr.
The Blue Diamond
Bonepickers – Strollin’
Duffy Bishop – Found Your Way Home
Gabriel Cox – Gabriel Cox
Karen Lovely – Prohibition Blues
Lisa Mann – Move On
The Strange Tones – At Home With The Strange Tones
Tommy Hogan – Howl Like The Wind
Elvin Bishop – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
The Mannish Boys – Wrapped Up And Ready
Tommy Castro – The Devil You Know
Performance of the Year:
Curtis Salgado – Waterfront Blues Festival
Southern Hospitality – Duff’s Garage
Sugaray Rayford – Waterfront Blues Festival
Northwest Blues Event:
Bronze, Blues & Brews
Ilwaco Blues & Seafood Festival
For The Love Of Janice (A Celebration of Life for Janice Scroggins)
“Paul deLay” Lifetime Achievement:
By Kevin on February 12, 2014
Our February 2013 Delta Groove release “Long Walk Home” was named number 30 on Living Blues Magazine’s list of of Top 50 Blues Album’s of 2013!
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By Kevin on July 19, 2013
“Things are heating up in the Pacific Northwest for guitarist Kevin Selfe with the recent news of his Delta Groove debut “Long Walk Home” landing him at the #15 spot on the Billboard Blues Chart. Selfe’s CD was released earlier this year in February to enthusiastic reviews and steady airplay rotation. “Long Walk Home” charted #6 on the February Living Blues radio chart listings and also peaked at #13 on the Root Music Report’s national radio airplay blues charts. All of us here at Delta Groove would like to extend our congratulations to Kevin on his latest outstanding achievement. Billboard blues chart positioning reflects sales activity for the week ending July 27, 2013.”
By Kevin on June 14, 2013
Virginia native Kevin Selfe was a latecomer to music, only discovering the blues from a fellow student at university in North Carolina. Bitten hard by the bug, Kevin opted to try to make it as a performer and writer rather than in his degree subject of Meteorology. That may be a loss to the Weather Channel, but not to the blues world to judge by this debut on a major label!
Kevin’s band The Tornadoes started in Virginia but a second version evolved once Kevin relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2007. Since then the band has become a firm favorite in and around Portland, Oregon. In 2011 ace drummer Jimi Bott (Rod Piazza, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mannish Boys) joined the band alongside bassist Allen Markel (The Insomniacs) and it is that rhythm section plus Kevin on guitar and vocals that make up the core band here. Adding substantially to four tracks is a three man horn section led by Joe McCarthy and baritone sax player Doug James (Roomful Of Blues, Duke Robillard, Jimmie Vaughan) plays on another track. Former Thunderbirds and Blasters pianist Gene Taylor appears on four tracks, Steve Kerin and Dover Weinberg adding keys to a further three tracks. Fellow Delta Groove artist Mitch Kashmar plays harp on one cut and adds backing vocals to another; Lisa Mann adds b/v to a further track. Jimi Bott engineered and mixed the album at his home studio in Portland. Kevin wrote all the material here which ranges invitingly across a range of blues styles.
The album starts in shuffle mode with the wonderful title “Duct Tape On My Soul”, the horns providing a real swing to the cut. Kevin’s lyrics encourage us all to keep going in life: “Just like my shoe, I’ve got duct tape on my soul. Years of living the blues have taken a mighty big toll.” Kevin adds some nice T-Bone style guitar and Chris Mercer a fine tenor solo – an excellent opener. “Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool” features Mitch Kashmar’s harp and Doug James’ baritone on a bouncy number. “Moving Day Blues” slows things down and Kevin plays some very nice relaxed guitar over another fine horn arrangement before letting rip in his extended solo. Kevin seems to have reached the point of no return in his relationship: “Now the boxes are packed, I carried them to your door. You said, thanks for the help, but I don’t love you anymore.”
“Last Crossroad” changes the style again with some Delta style slide playing over an up-tempo beat, Kevin assailed by “that old evil feeling coming over me”. I particularly liked Jimi Bott’s ability to both drive the beat and offer some solo embellishments at the same time here. “Dancing Girl” has a riff that reminded me of “Lonely Avenue”, with Kevin providing a convincing vocal, his guitar working persistently round the core riff. “Midnight Creeper” is the longest track at just over seven minutes, starting with some shimmering slide on a steel guitar before Kevin picks out a riff for the rhythm section to follow. This is a trio performance with some more of Jimi’s great drumming and Kevin both singing and speaking the lyrics and then demonstrating his command of the Delta style of slide playing.
“Walking Funny” has the largest contingent of musicians, with backing vocals from Jimi and Allen as well as Lisa Mann. The horns are back, as is Gene Taylor on a wonderfully swinging piece of jump blues. The lyrics pick up some of those old favorites – “Where did you sleep last night? Why are you walking funny? If you stay out tonight, better not come home again.” “Too Much Voodoo” sounds like an ideal title to visit Louisiana and Dover Weinberg’s swirling organ certainly adds to that feel, as does Kevin’s tasty guitar playing. An issue of concern in contemporary society is then raised (albeit in a humorous way) as Kevin explains that, having fallen on hard times, his new home is the “Second Box On The Left”. “The Blues Is My Home” is another acoustic slide piece with Kevin speaking the vocals as he observes that whatever happens, he will play his way through it. The album closes on a real rocker with “Put Me Back In Jail”, Steve Kerin’s rocking piano sitting alongside Kevin’s slide.
This is a very impressive album which is recommend to all blues lovers as it covers many of the bases. I look forward to hearing more from Kevin and his band.
Reviewer John Mitchell is a blues enthusiast based in the UK. Current favorites from recent releases include Chris Antonik, Shaun Murphy, Barbara Carr, Johnny Rawls, Andy T/Nick Nixon, Otis Grand and Doug Deming.MORE >>
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By Kevin on April 17, 2013
Check out this cool interview I did with Vinny Marini on “Music On The Couch” on April 15, 2013. My segment starts at 47:45 and lasts for about 45 minutes.
Kevin’s Segment Begins At
The 47:45 Mark
By Kevin on March 20, 2013
What do you do when you graduate Magnum Cum Laude from North Carolina State with a degree in Meteorology? Well, Kevin Selfe decided that a career as a bluesman was the thing to do, and explains his reasoning on this edition of GLT Blues Next. He also talks about his debut CD on Delta Groove Records titled “Long Walk Home” which you can purchase at: http://kevinselfe.com/music/ — podcast produced by Klare WhiteMORE >>