Michael Jerome Browne- Bio
Three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner (Traditional Singer, 2015; Solo Artist, 2012 & 2008), Recipient of the Blues With A Feeling Award at the 2020 Maple Blues Awards (with 35 nominations since 1999), Four-time Juno Award Nominee in both the Roots/Traditional and Blues categories, Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Finalist -- Michael Jerome Browne is a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, and a living encyclopedia of American Roots music.
"That’s Where It’s At!" is the latest Juno-nominated album on Borealis Records, released in 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.”
”His originals reek of musty back porch Appalachian family jams. His proficiency on strings is exemplary. His take on ‘60s blues by Lowell Fulson and Bobby Blue Bland... are right on time. I would welcome a second volume of the exact same thing. This one’s a keeper.”
-Mike Greenblatt, Goldmine
“Browne’s an outstanding interpreter who installs all the covers on his ninth album with a ring of authenticity.”
-Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat
“Browne is probably—if not positively—one of Canada’s most significant musical exports; a finger-picking stylist with a hugely talented and nuanced delivery.”
-Iain Patience, Elmore
“Arguably the finest acoustic blues artist in this country”
-The Globe and Mail (Toronto), Jan. 23, 2015
Whether he's gliding a slide across his resonator guitar, creating an intense mood with his tremolo 12-string guitar, or “hammering the claw” 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 2017 Grammy nominated CD “Migration Blues” he co-produced, played and sang on.