A refreshing new take on contemporary instrumental music, featuring pedal steel guitar and dobro in a context comparable to Craig Chaquico and the Dave Matthews band. Ned blends strong melodic elements into a skillful mix of acoustic and electronic instruments, with results that range from jazz, pop, and rock through ambient, blues, world and Hawaiian. Sophisticated production values and a sure sense of the craft of songwriting ensure that each composition has its own unique identity along with an indelible and identifiable stamp of originality.
Joining Selfe on many of the tracks are some of the San Francisco Bay Area's strongest players, including guitarist Keith Allen (Steve Miller Band, Maria Muldaur, Norton Buffalo), saxophonist Bruce Unsworth (Pride & Joy), drummer/percussionists John Hanes (Engorged With Blood), Kevin Hayes (Robert Cray Band) and Chris Sandoval (Santana), and bassist Robin Sylvester (Phil Spector, Fleetwood Mac, Beach Boys).
My song 'Louise' is the Instrumetal Rock Song of the Day for May 14, '07, at GarageBand.com. C'mon by and check it out! Of course, you can always hear it streaming here at Broadjam or at http://www.NedSelfe.com.
Born in the South, Ned Selfe grew up in an atmosphere filled with art & music. His eccentric mother was an avid art collector and played classical music for hours on end. He began playing acoustic guitar at an early age, until he heard Duane Allman playing electrified slide guitar and was mesmerized by the sound. He experimented with bottleneck, dobro, lap steel, and finally wound up focusing on pedal steel guitar. His love of music lead him across the country to attend Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco. It was the early 70's, a great time for music in the Bay Area. The teachings at Blue Bear corresponded to the musical thought of the times; it doesn't matter what you call it as long as it's good music.
Since he began playing pedal steel, Ned has been striving to explore "...where no steel has gone before...." He played in blues, country and swing bands before putting steel at the forefront of the pop rock band Robin & The Rocks. In the early 90's he began experimenting with traditional slide instruments and MIDI technology. Inspired by a project for Stephen Hill of Hearts of Space, he composed his first solo effort, "Glaciers Come, Glaciers Go", a unique confluence of rock roots and new age instrumental ambience that surprised even the author. His work on "Glaciers..." earned Ned two second round Grammy nominations, for Best New Artist and Best Engineered Recording, as well as nationwide airplay on a wide spectrum of radio stations from NAC to NPR to cable networks.
His second CD, "Errands In Paradise", also earned Grammy nods for Production and Engineering, with even more radio play and critical acceptance. He has since journeyed even further West to Hawaii and is currently at work on completing his 3rd solo CD.
" Lovely. Absolutely lovely....Ned Selfe's new CD [Errands In Paradise] is one of the nicest steel guitar recordings of the year.... It is not a traditional steel guitar album designed to impress other steel guitarists. It is rather a collection of works by a gifted musician and composer whose instrument [is] the pedal steel guitar.... Thumbs up as high as I can stretch them."
Steel Guitar World Magazine
"An outrageously talented pedal steel guitar player, Selfe also has quite an ear for fresh, original compositions that have me coming back for more....Selfe weaves elements of jazz, pop and rock through blues, world, ambient and Hawaiian into tapestries of totally fresh sonic pleasure.... "Errands In Paradise" is a great album for fans of fresh contemporary music, and is one of my favorite albums...."
New Age Retailer
Planet Earth Music
"Whatever [your] vision of paradise is, it's a good bet that the music on 'Errands In Paradise' will bring a smile to the face of guitar fans.... In addition to pedal steel, Ned himself also plays lap steel, dobro, e-bow, steel/MIDI, and ped-a-bro. However you slice it, this man can pick and strum!"
Wind and Wire Magazine
"Out of the 70 - 80 CD's I have received for review consideration...I would easily place this in the top five. It is well produced, well played and well delivered music. 'Errands In Paradise' sticks in the brain long after the final chords have faded, leaving something for the listener to come back to again and again."
Alternative Music Press
"Selfe's music is a smooth mix of easy going melodies to help you remember to just kick back and enjoy life...at least for a little while."
New Age Voice
"Following up his acclaimed '95 album 'Glaciers Come, Glaciers Go'..., Ned Selfe now emerges with a near consummate album of contemporary guitar based jazz/pop instrumentals.... Reflecting Selfe's mastery of a wide variety of ...genres, includng Hawaiian slack key and techno-ambient jazz, 'Errands In Paradise' is clearly one of the finest instrumental guitar albums of the 90's."
20th Century Guitar
"Strong melodies are the hallmark of this album that showcases Mr. Selfe's virtuosity and the reach into contemporary music his instruments truly have...."
The World Times
Wonderful Ear Candy
"Ned is a fabulous pedal steel guitar player whose motto is, "where no steel has gone before", and it will not take long for you to hear the lively freshness of Ned's playing and composing.'Glaciers Come, Glaciers Go' is full of the kind of wonderful ear candy that keeps on satisfying...."
New Age Retailer
"Guitar lovers will find much to cheer about on 'Glaciers Come, Glaciers Go', the new album from Bay Area music vet, Ned Selfe. This out of sight set spotlights Selfe's pop and rock finesse on steel guitars and dobro, set against a treasure trove of world music, ambient and new age influences. Fans of world renowned musicians like guitarists Ry Cooder and David Lindley will fall for this disc - easily one of the finest instrumental albums of 1995...."
Time & A Word
just plain 'purty'
"This is steel like you've never heard...world beat, rock and roll, ambient, and just plain 'purty'...."
"'Glaciers Come, Glaciers Go' is a new contemporary release featuring Ned Selfe on pedal steel guitar and dobro. Selfe has managed to concoct a unique hybrid of traditional sounds with modern technology, giving 'Glaciers' a contemporary feel. Selfe, producer Peter Elman and a myriad of seasoned musicians craft a unique album."
New Age Voice