Award-winning Folk / Blues guitarist Sue Foley was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She was introduced to Blues music at an early age – via bands like The Rolling Stones – and started to learn to play guitar at the age of 13. After leaving school, she moved to Vancouver and formed The Sue Foley Band. She joined forces with Blues harmonica player Mark Hummel and toured Canada, the US, and Europe. The tour brought her to the attention of a wider audience and she began making appearances with higher profile artists including a performance at the W. C. Handy Awards with Blues icon Duke Robillard. It was during this performance that she was noticed by Antone’s Records label owner Clifford Antone. Sue Foley relocated to Austin, Texas and began recording for Antone’s label. In 1992, she issued her debut album, YOUNG GIRL BLUES, which was followed by WITHOUT A WARNING (1993), BIG CITY BLUES (1995), and WALK IN THE SUN (1996).

Sue Foley then began recording for the Shanachie label and issued the albums TEN DAYS IN NOVEMBE (1998), the Juno Award-winning LOVE COMIN’ DOWN (2000), and WHERE THE ACTION IS… (2002). Moving over to Ruf Records, she released critically successful albums such as CHANGE (2004), NEW USED CAR (2006), and TIME BOMB with Deborah Coleman and Roxanne Potvin (2007). She also recorded two albums with fellow Blues musician Peter Karp: HE SAID SHE SAID (2010) and BEYOND THE CROSSROADS (2012). Sue Foley’s first album for the Stony Plain Records label was 2018’s THE ICE QUEEN, which was followed by PINKY’S BLUES (2021). In 2023, all of Foley’s hard work paid off with the release of LIVE IN AUSTIN, VOLUME 1 and an avalanche of honors including another Koko Taylor Award at the Blues Music Awards, the Guitarist of the Year and Blues Act of the Year at the Austin Music Awards and many others, which were added to her long list of awards from throughout the years.

Sue Foley returns in 2024 with the album ONE GUITAR WOMAN: A TRIBUTE TO THE FEMALE PIONEERS OF GUITAR. The album is a tribute to many of the female guitarists that made their mark in the Blues field and influenced Foley in the process: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Maybelle Carter, Memphis Minnie, Ida Presti, and Lydia Mondoza. Armed with an acoustic nylon string guitar, Sue Foley reveals a few different sides to her talents on ONE GUITAR WOMAN by incorporating elements of Country, Flamenco, and Classical Music. With tracks such as “My Journey to the Sky,” “Lonesome Homesick Blues,” “Oh Babe, It Ain’t No Lie,” and “Motherless Child Blues,” this is an album that enhances Sue Foley’s musical journey by adding new musical detours and flavors. ONE GUITAR WOMAN makes it all sound so easy but there’s also an emotional and passionate depth to the album the reveals itself over time. Award season beckons…



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