Here at the old music blog, we have a soft spot on our “editorial we” for blues guitarist Kevin Selfe. Not only is he a good picker, but he has a meteorology degree from N.C. State, and we used that to our advantage back in the TimesCast days. If you never saw it, imagine Selfe, guitar in hand, giving a legitimate forecast and picking some blues. We called the occasional segment the “BluesCast,” and it was a lot of fun.
But Roanoke is no place for a hardcore bluesman, and Selfe lit out long ago for Portland, Ore., which in case you didn’t know, has a thriving blues scene. Selfe has done well there, and was even inducted last year into that area’s Cascade Blues Association’s Hall of Fame. A quick worker, that one.
Such honors are fine, but what really counts is the music, and Selfe is far from done. He announced via facebook page on Friday that he had signed a deal to record for Delta Groove Records.
“The new CD entitled “Long Walk Home” is set to be released worldwide on February 19,” Selfe wrote. “Lots of incredible musicians on it including Jimi Bott, Allen Markel, Mitch Kashmar, Gene Taylor, Doug James, Joe McCarthy, Bradley Lee Ulrich, Steve Kerin, Chris Mercer, and Dover Weinberg. So very excited and honored to be a part of the Delta Groove family!”
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Elvin Bishop, Rod Piazza, Ana Popovic, Kirk Fletcher, Candye Kane and the late Sean Costello are among the players on that label’s roster. No small deal. Congrats, BluesCaster.