Sue Foley (CAN)
“The Ice Queen”
On Tour in Europe in November 2017 & May / June 2018!!!
NEW CD “The Ice Queen” to be released in Spring 2017!
Sue Foley returns to the blues for THE ICE QUEEN, her first solo album in 10 years! Recorded old-school ‘live and in the room,’ it features the likes of Jimmie Vaughan (The Fabulous Thunderbirds, solo artist), Chris ‘Whipper’ Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble), Charlie Sexton (The Arc Angels, Bob Dylan), Johnny Bradley (Gary Clark Jr. Band), JJ Johnson (Tedeschi Trucks Band) and a who’s who of the legendary Austin, Texas blues scene.
Sue Foley is a multi-award winning musician and of the one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. Foley spent her early childhood in Canada, mesmerized by her father’s guitar and started her professional career at sixteen. By twenty-one, Foley was living in Austin, TX and recording for Antone’s—the esteemed blues label and historic nightclub that helped launch the career of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Her first release, Young Girl Blues, quickly rooted her unique talents as a proficient blues guitarist, inspired songwriter and captivating vocalist. Foley has toured steadily with her band, toting her signature pink paisley Fender Telecaster—working and sharing the stage with greats such as BB King, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams and Tom Petty. In 2001, she won the prestigious Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) for her CD, Love Coming Down. Foley also holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards (seventeen) and has earned three Trophees de Blues de France. She has also garnered several nominations at the International Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.
As an offshoot to her professional recording and touring career, Foley started a project called Guitar Woman based around dozens of interviews she conducted with the world’s leading female guitarists. From 2001-2008, she wrote articles, organized and promoted concerts, and worked on a book—fueling her passion for gender studies in music and her desire to bring the work of great women guitar players to light. The Guitar Woman project entered a period of dormancy from 2009-2015 while Foley pursued several musical collaborations and returned to university to get her graduate’s degree.
2016 brought Foley full circle when she returned to Austin TX and started collaborating with some of her old friends and many Texas musical legends including Jimmie Vaughan and Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top). Foley is the only female member of the famed “Jungle Show” which features Gibbons, Vaughan, B3 virtuoso Mike Flanigin and Chris ‘Whipper’ Layton (formerly of Steve Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble). “The Jungle Show” was one of the hottest tickets in Austin in 2016. After finishing the “Jungle Show” in December Foley entered the studio with her Texan pals and laid down tracks for what will undoubtably be her best and most successful album to date; The Ice Queen.
“Foley has a killer voice, an impossibly alluring blend of sex and innocence to go with those blazing guitar chops.” (Philadelphia Enquirer)
***** (Five Stars) AllMusic.com
“She] finds all the right emotional shades in which to color her genuinely seductive voice, and she turns in one sterling performance after another on guitar…” (Downbeat)
“… She Unveils her considerable guitar chops….All the elements – songwriting, playing, soulful conviction – come together for her on this solid outing…” (Jazz Times)
[She] exchanges the uncompromising blues of her early albums for a larger wardrobe…skillfully dressing the sets to match her subtler ensembles…” (Mojo)
“…With a rugged and uncompromising style, and a smooth yet earthy and wholly assured approach, Sue Foley dexterously treads the line between commercial and rootsy…” (CD Universe)