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Highway 99 Blues Club
1414 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 98101
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Hear Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes at their website.
“Selfe plays with rare thoughtfulness and taste…his clean tone and deep well of approaches keep things fresh.”—Blues Revue
“Kevin draws the crowds to the band with fiery fretwork that gets “wanna-be” guitar heroes excited and professionals listening closely.  As a band, the three together all fall in complete synchronization with one another on stage as a true ensemble that just may be one of the best outfits on the West Coast.” —Greg Johnson (President, Cascade Blues Association)


Hailing from Roanoke, Virginia, Kevin Selfe began his career as a guitarist with the Fat Daddy Band and Little Rodger and the Cheap Thrills. In early 2005, Kevin decided it was time to go out on his own and formed his own group, Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes. The band quickly became known as one of the tightest and most energetic blues outfits around.

In September 2005, he and the Tornadoes had the honor of backing up Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater at the Taste of The Blue Ridge Blues Festival in Roanoke, VA. In January 2007, Kevin backed up former Muddy Waters sideman and harmonica legend, the late Carey Bell, on what ended up being his last show. “Getting to do that gig with Carey was one of those magical nights I’ll never forget,” Kevin remembers. 

Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes released their first CD entitled Selfe-Contained in January 2006.   The well-received recording comprised of ten dynamic tunes that captured the band’s uncontainable energy and creativity.  Although Kevin is best known for his guitar work, his other skills started to garner attention.  Blues Matters (UK) says of Selfe on the CD, “Playing fine harmonica as well, it is his superb deep voice that resonates throughout”.


Always searching for the next adventure, Kevin relocated to the blues hotbed of Portland, OR in February 2007 where he quickly sought the right musicians to form a West Coast version of The Tornadoes. He hired long-time Portland drummer Don Shultz (most recently with Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers), and newly transplanted New Yorker Allen Markel on bass. 

The three hit it off immediately and in a little more than two years they have become a Northwest favorite, with performances at the Waterfront Blues Festival as well as winning a prestigious Muddy Award in 2009 for Best Contemporary Blues Act from the Cascade Blues Association. In all, the band has been nominated for 15 Muddy Awards for Best Electric Guitar (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), Best Contemporary Blues Act (2008, 2009, 2010), Best Traditional Blues Act (2009, 2010), Best New Act (2007), Best Bass (2008, 2009), Best Drums (2008, 2010), and NW Recording of The Year (2010).

<em>Hansel & Gretel</em> Pacific Northwest Ballet: <em>Director's Choice</em> <em>Gypsy</em> <em>The 39 Steps</em> <em>Writing Kevin Taylor</em> <em>Haters Roast: The Shady Tour</em>