Connor Selby: Connor Selby

Conor Selby released his debut album, Made Up My Mind, in 2018 while studying English Literature at University and has been voted “Young Artist of the Year” at the UK Blues Awards for the last three consecutive years (2020, 2021, 2022). His self-titled follow-up was released in 2021 and has now been re-released as a deluxe edition with four bonus tracks.

Selby has a strong connection to Britain, and has an international upbringing (including the USA and Dubai) – he sings naturally with an American accent, reflecting his love of blues, soul and folk. The history of music is important to him – the artists, their lives and their lineage.

His influences inform this impressive album. Ray Charles looms large thanks to the deep vocal on the dramatic “I Can’t Let You Go” and “Anyhow”; “If You’re Gonna Leave Me” recalls blues masters B.B. King and Buddy Guy. “Falling In Love Again” gets close to the soul of Robert Cray, and “Emily” feels like Eric Clapton girl trouble. “Show Me A Sign” is indebted to Memphis Stax.

There’s no doubt though that Selby has how own style, most evident when a fearsome guitar solo is unleashed. His more personal material also shows his individuality. “Hear My Prayer” and “Waitin’ On The Day” are vulnerable but warms calls of love. The thoughtful “Starting Again” considers identity, and “The Man I Ought To Be” sensitively focuses on accountability.

As one would hope, the bonus material enhances the original album. “I Shouldn’t Care” and “The Deep End” take on thematic and musical risk. Ray Charles is invoked through “Love Letter To The Blues”  and a successful cover of his single from 1964, “My Baby Don’t Dig Me”.




Label: Mascot
Release Date: 03 MAR 2023