Selwyn Birchwood ends Friday night’s Lotta Blues Kickoff with his raw and passionate high-octane blues.

In 2013, this energetic electric- and lap-steel guitarist shot to national prominence, as he beat 125 top bands from around the world to win the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. There, he simultaneously claimed the “Albert King Guitarist of the Year” award. His debut album on Alligator Records, “Don’t Call No Ambulance”, won the 2015 Blues Music Award for “Best New Artist Debut Album”. Rolling Stone raved, “Birchwood is a young, powerhouse guitarist and soulful vocalist. Don’t Call No Ambulance is a remarkable debut by a major player.”

In May, this Florida fireball will release his newest album, “Pick Your Poison”. Be sure not to miss one of the most notable new voices in modern blues: Selwyn Birchwood!