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Selwyn Birchwood to play Buffalo Iron Works

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).

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