Browne performs everything from old Appalachian music to Chicago blues with captivating authenticity. www.michaeljeromebrowne.com
Three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner (Traditional Singer, 2015; Solo Artist, 2012 & 2008), Maple Blues Award Winner, Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Finalist, Four-time Juno Award Nominee in both the Roots/Traditional and Blues categories- MJB is a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, and a living encyclopedia of American Roots music.
Whether he’s gliding a slide across his national guitar, pulling his bow over the fiddle strings to play a lively Cajun waltz, or frailing on his gourd banjo, Michael’s passion and virtuosity always shine through. In the true tradition of folk music, his performances inspire us to see the interconnections between the many cultures and influences that gave birth to American Roots Music. all of this and more from a performer who’s been called a street-smart archivist and an absolute treasure.
Born in South Bend, Indiana, Michael is the son of English professors whose love of music and poetry inspired them to take their nine year old son to the great jazz, blues and folk clubs in their adopted home of Montreal. By the age of fourteen, MJB was already a regular on the folk and coffee house scene adding banjo, fiddle, and mandolin to his masterful command of all variety of guitars and harmonica. A musician’s musician, when he isn’t performing his own material he is in demand backing up and recording with artists such as: Eric Bibb, Jordan Officer, and Susie Arioli.
Michael’s new album “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down” brings together a selection of tracks from: Drive On (2001). Michael Jerome Browne & The Twin Rivers String Band (2004), Double (2007). This Beautiful Mess (2008) and The Road Is Dark (2011)
Songs by Tampa Red, Jesse Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis and Tommy Johnson and four original MJB tunes in the style, as well as a couple of gourd banjo tunes share the spotlight on the new album. Anew song “Four Years No Rain” written by Michael and partner B Marcus adds a contemporary and topical theme to the recording.
The compilation is mostly solo, with a little help from friends John McColgan, Jordan Officer, Michael Ball, Jody Benjamin, Steve Marriner, Stephen Barry, and the late Vann “Piano Man” Walls.
“Michael Jerome Browne… magnifies the magnificence of 1920s and 1930s country blues numbers… A singer of clarity and character, he is as skilled on banjo and mandolin as he is on valuable old guitars.” (4 stars) – Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat
“Haunting to uplifting, subtle to powerful” – Jamie O’Meara, Montreal Gazette
“Arguably the finest acoustic blues artist in this country” – Globe and Mail Jan. 23, 2015
“…one of the finest musicians who is well versed in so many interrelated genres… Any chance I get to hear Michael and then play with him is a chance I’ll leap at.” – Eric Bibb