"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." --Mike Perlowin, 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...." - Steve Ryals, 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!" - Bill Binkelman,Editor, 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." - Ben Kettlewell, 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." - Dan Liss,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." - Robert Silverstein, 20th Century Guitar.
Born in the Deep 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.