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 (with 32 nominations since 1999), 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.
“That’s Where It’s At!” is the new album on Borealis Records, available February 2019. This album focuses on the connection between blues and soul, the stripped-down accompaniment consisting only of Michael’s guitar, with drummer John McColgan on five tracks. Vocal guests include Harrison Kennedy, Roxanne Potvin and Eric Bibb. Five originals are mixed in with songs from Sam Cooke, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Al Green, and Stevie Wonder, as well as two spirituals from way back- the roots of gospel and soul.
“Superbly played, sung & recorded, this bluesy, groovy disc of stripped-back acoustic soul has all the makings of a classic.”
Here are some reviews of “Sliding Delta” (2016 Juno nominee):
“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 (Toronto), Jan. 23, 2015
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 away 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. Gospel, Blues, Old-Time, Country, Soul and Cajun, expect to hear 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 vibrant 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 other artists, most notably Eric Bibb, whose Grammy nominated CD “Migration Blues” he co-produced and played on.