KEVIN SELFE AND THE TORNADOES
Kevin Selfe is a man who has dedicated his life to the blues. After graduating from North Carolina State University with a degree in Meteorology in 1995, Selfe felt like there was something missing. He decided to abandon a lucrative career as a weatherman, and pursue the music that consumed his soul: The blues.
In 1996 at the age of 22, he joined the regionally popular Fat Daddy Band based out of his hometown of Roanoke, VA. During his tenure with them, the Fat Daddy Band won the Charlotte Blues Society's 2001 Talent Competition and was a finalist at the Blues Foundation's 2002 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, thus being named one of the top 6 unsigned blues bands in the world. After spending 7 busy years touring the South with the band and recording 3 CD’s, Kevin left Fat Daddy and joined forces with fellow Virginia bluesman Rodger Crowder, forming Little Rodger and the Cheap Thrills. Over the next 2 years Kevin continued touring, performing at some of the nation’s best blues clubs including: The Slippery Noodle -Indianapolis, IN; Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar - Nashville, TN; The Double Door Inn - Charlotte, NC; J.M. Randall's - Williamsburg, VA; Midway Tavern - Mishawaka, IN; and Chip's Winder, GA; just to name a few.
In early 2005, Kevin decided it was time to go out on his own and formed his own group, Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes. Since then, the band has quickly become known as one of the tightest and most energetic blues outfits around. In Sept 2005, he and the Tornadoes had the honor and pleasure of backing up Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater at the Taste of The Blue Ridge Blues Festival in Roanoke, VA.
In March 2006, Kevin competed against 27 guitarists and won Guitar Center’s King of The Blues Contest in Richmond, VA. Recently, Kevin backed up former Muddy Waters' sideman and harmonica legend, the late Carey Bell.
Always searching for the next adventure, Kevin relocated to Portland, OR in January 2007, where he looks to become part of a vibrant blues community and continue his lifelong passion of performing the blues. The band in Portland consists of Kevin on guitar, harmonica, and vocals, Don Shultz on drums, and Allen Markel on bass.
Kevin’s diverse style can best be described as a range of traditional Chicago blues ("nice Hubert Sumlin licks" - Bob Margolin) to powerful Texas Swing ("punishing guitar work a la Jimi meets Stevie Ray" - Ralph Berrier Jr., The Roanoke Times). Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes released their CD entitled “Selfe-Contained” in January 2006. The recording consists of ten dynamic tunes and captures the band’s uncontainable energy and creativity. Although Kevin is best known for his guitar work, he has also become an accomplished harmonica player and vocalist. Blues Matters (UK) says of Selfe on the CD, “Playing fine harmonica as well, it is his superb deep voice that resonates throughout”.