"John Mayall, Mike Vernon, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Peter Green are amongst a small army of august names who helped shape and define the movement born shortly after the mid point of the last century. Since then a few contenders have come and gone, but, overall, there are conspicuously too few artists carrying that torch in today's industry, some 50 plus years later. 24 year old Connor Selby is far too modest to take on this mantle and welcome those comparisons, perhaps, but the reality remains that his self titled album released on the 10th September will surely secure his position as the emerging light of British blues. Voted the “Young Artist of the Year” in the 2020 and 2021 UK Blues Awards, the young bandleader-guitarist-vocalist draws on influences as diverse as Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Free and Nick Drake, creating a soulful blend of hard-hitting blues and emotional, introspective song writing, which, at times, evokes a modern take on the best of the music that inspires him.
For young as he may be, his latest album represents the point where the promise turns to solid achievement. And remember this is a guy who has already played Wembley Stadium, at the behest of The Who.
A remarkably mature work, Connor shows his impressive armoury of not just outstanding guitar playing - which, in contrast to so many other young gunslingers, is pleasingly appropriate, direct and to the point - but also his remarkable vocals, backed by knowing songwriting.
Produced by experienced polymath musician and bandleader, Stefan Redtenbacher, the album features the Masterlink 'house' band with heavyweight musicians such as guitarist Tony Remy (Jack Bruce, Annie Lennox, Herbie Hancock), drummer Mike Sturgis (Elton John, David Bowie, Wishbone Ash) and Jools Holland vocalist Louise Marshall, to name but three. But as Stef is quick to point out 'this is very much a Connor Selby album - they are his songs, his vision, and we acted just light hands on the tiler, helping bring this album to life, letting his considerable talent come to the fore and placing it very much front and centre' .”