Sue Foley

Genres: Blues
Decades: 1990s 2000s


29 March 1968, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Foley fields a strong sense of rhythm which puts an interesting spin on a Texas shuffle. She took up the guitar at 13, encouraged by her father and three brothers. Two years later, she saw James Cotton and spent the next few years sneaking into clubs to jam with blues bands. At 18 she formed a band of her own and moved to Vancouver, where she developed a guitar style that favoured Earl Hooker, Freddie King and Magic Sam. Her tours took her to the USA and in Memphis she was seen by Clifford Antone, who signed her to his label in March 1990. Young Girl Blues featured her regular rhythm team, supplemented by a guest list that included Kim Wilson and Reese Wynans, on a set in which cover versions predominated. There were fewer guests and more original songs on Without A Warning, an album that emphasized the confrontational nature of her talent.

Despite a label change in the mid-90s, Foley has continued to...

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