Indiana-born, Montreal-based blues/folk guitarist and singer/songwriter Michael Jerome Browne has had quite an impact on the Canadian roots music scene. He has won multiple Canadian Folk Music and Maple Blues Awards and earned three Juno nominations, and we predict he'll add to that tally with superb new album Sliding Delta. Already scoring unanimous rave reviews, it is his homage to the Delta country-blues sounds of the '20s and '30s. He reimagines songs by the likes of Fred McDowell, Memphis Minnie, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie McTell, and Skip James, delivering them via warm vocals and typically fluent guitar, banjo and mandolin stylings. The lovely album package includes detailed liner notes and a "guitar nerds" section with tuning information. A must for players and lovers of this rich musical genre.
Browne launched the album with gigs in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa over the past week. He accompanies folk great Eric Bibb on an extensive U.S. tour in February.