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Courtesy Kevin Selfe
Blues guitarist Kevin Selfe returns to his Roanoke hometown Spet. 14 to play the Oak Barrel Blues Festival.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Six years ago, Roanoke’s Kevin Selfe was looking to get out of his “comfort zone.” The blues guitarist moved to Richmond, then to Portland, Ore.
He might have left his old zone, as he told The Roanoke Times before he moved, but the bluesman has created a nice new one for himself.
Selfe recently signed with blues label Delta Groove Records. Earlier this year, he released his debut CD for that label, “Long Walk Home.” Last week, the CD hit the Billboard chart, landing No. 15 among blues records.
“I about fell out of my chair when Delta Groove called and told me about the Billboard thing,” Selfe wrote in an email.
He made the disc with his regular backing band, the Tornadoes — drummer Jimi Bott and bassist Allen Market — plus Mitch Bashmar on harmonica and eight other players.
The CD also spent two months in the Living Blues Charts, another respected indicator of relative success in the music world.
Selfe returns to Roanoke with band in tow on Sept. 14 for the Oak Barrel Blues Festival, on the upper quadrant of Elmwood Park. Oak Barrel Blues Festival used to be called the Big Lick Blues Festival.
Selfe said he is “beyond excited” about the show.
“Roanoke is where I spent the majority of my life, where I played my first gig, and where I learned to play the blues,” he wrote. “I am very proud of my hometown, and talk about Roanoke at all my shows. … Really looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and sharing my adventures through my music.”
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