Selwyn Birchwood isn’t the first teenage guitarist to be inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s foray into the blues, and he certainly won’t be the last.
But as a 13-year-old kid growing up in Tampa, Fla. in the late-1990s, Birchwood found Hendrix’s work to be a life-altering epiphany. It would illuminate his career path; push him toward the sounds of fellow guitar legends Albert King and Buddy Guy; encourage him to stretch his modern take on the genre; and ultimately put him on tours like his latest, due to stop in town for a show at 7 p.m. March 13 in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.).
Now in his early 30s, the once blues novice is a bona fide star, stunning crowds with his fiery on-stage presence and Gibson-geared proficiency that’s earned him an Albert King Guitarist of the Year Award, and has previously pleased Buffalo-area crowds at blues joints like Central Park Grill and Armor Inn Tap Room.
His last album — 2014’s “Don’t Call No Ambulance” — is a testament to this six-string brilliance, with smoking original blues-rock intermingling with slow, emotive bleeds, all carried by Birchwood’s sandpaper vocal.
It’s the total package stacked by a man who was once just a mannish boy, one dazzled by a guitar god’s instrumental observation of a “Red House” over yonder. Now a man, he’ll bring his hero's influence to Buffalo’s Cobblestone District this weekend.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 to $15 (ticketfly.com).