The Selwyn Birchwood Band

The Selwyn Birchwood Band

Central Florida’s Selwyn Birchwood Band has made a significant impact on fans throughout the state at clubs and festivals with high-energy performances rooted deeply in the traditions of the blues greats.

They’ve garnered many accolades along the way and made it to the 2012 International Blues Challenge Finals in Memphis, where they placed in the top 9 of over 225 bands competing from all over the world. They’ve also consistently found themselves alongside the best in the business, having opened for the likes of Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, John Lee Hooker Jr., and Joe Louis Walker among many other international acts in recent years.

The band is comprised of very experienced musicians who are no strangers to the road. Selwyn Birchwood (guitar and vocals) got his start with Texas blues legend Sonny Rhodes touring throughout the U.S. and Canada at the age of 19. Curtis Nutall (drums) traveled internationally with many bands, including The Blind Boys of Alabama and a five-year stint with Joe Louis Walker. Bass player Huff Wright and saxophonist Regi Oliver have backed several notable blues artists, including Lucky Peterson and Joey Gilmore.

Together, they perform a hip-shaking, roof-rattling mix of blues that has won over countless fans. The band have been touring in support of their current album, FL Boy, and they’re hard at work in the studio recording their second release. One thing is for certain: their unique brand of swampy Florida blues should not be missed.

The Selwyn Birchwood Band performs Saturday, July 28 at the Beach Shack (1 Minutemen Cswy.) in downtown Cocoa Beach. Call 783-2250 for ticket details. Visit the band online at www.selwynbirchwood.com

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