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BLUES | Selwyn Birchwood 

So many artists today enthusiastically skate the line between blues and soul. Sometimes this enthusiasm steamrolls the music. That's not the case with the sunshine state guitar slinger Selwyn Birchwood. His music is soulful but has bite and it has sting. It boogies large and in charge. I've seen this cat wow 'em when there was only 10 people in the room, and again with 500 in the audience. Birchwood's laid back approach is a trap, I tell ya. Under an afro cloud, this tall drink of water's casual smile and affable personae lures you in until it's too late and the walls are festooned with your brains. The blues is alright ... especially with a little danger thrown in.

Selwyn Birchwood plays Wednesday, January 28, at Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 8 p.m. $15-$20. abilenebarandlounge.com; selwynbirchwood.com.

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