Michael Jerome Browne- Bio
Three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner (Traditional Singer, 2015; Solo Artist, 2012 & 2008), Maple Blues Award Winner (with 30 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.
"Can’t Keep A Good Man Down" is the new album on Borealis Records, available November 2016. It is a compilation of traditional acoustic blues culled from his albums going back to 1998. There are five original songs in the genre, including a brand new unreleased one from 2016, Four Years, No Rain. Guests include Steve Marriner, Jordan Officer, Stephen Barry, and Vann “Piano Man” Walls. "Can’t Keep A Good Man Down" was intended as a companion to the Juno-nominated “Sliding Delta” from 2015.
“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
"...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, interview with Holger Petersen (Talking 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 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 artists such as: Eric Bibb, Jordan Officer, and Susie Arioli.