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"SLIDING DELTA" REVIEWS

“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


 "Sliding Delta is an inspired recording, and an important one as well... If you are a fan of acoustic music, the blues, or roots music in general, you need this record."
-Joe McSpadden, No Depression

“Haunting to uplifting, subtle to powerful”
   -Jamie O’Meara, Montreal Gazette
 
“...a fine singer, his sturdy voice rings with authenticity... Browne makes dusty old blues sound effortless, lively and natural.”
   -Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen
 
“Arguably the finest acoustic blues artist in this country”
   -Globe and Mail (Toronto), Jan. 23, 2015
 
"Nowadays, [Michael Jerome Browne] can be considered as one of the finest players in the acoustic blues. Anyone who questions that should listen to his 2015 Borealis release Sliding Delta, which showcases his stunning traditional blues mastery."
-thecountryblues.com


“...an all-round talent: equal parts award-winning songwriter, interpreter, a multi-instrumentalist adept on guitar, fiddle, gourd banjo, etc., and a musicologist drilling deep into American roots music traditions.”
   -Chris Young, Toronto Star
 
“He is quite a wizard on stringed instruments, shining on banjo and mandolin... Browne possesses a warm and supple voice... Expect this album to figure in the next round of blues/roots awards.”
   -Kerry Doole, Exclaim!
 
“That Browne has lived with these songs is most apparent in his impressive singing, which puts his own stamp on the timeless originals.”
   -John Valenteyn, Maple Blues Newsletter (Toronto Blues Society)

"…sure to be nominated for every blues, folk and roots award out there."
-Michael Wrycraft, Penguin Eggs 

 
“Browne is a fine musician... gets more relaxed and loose as the album progresses, his appreciation for the songs shining through on the two banjo tunes... and the frenetic Motherless Chile Blues...” (4 stars)
   -Sarah Greene, Now Magazine (Toronto)
 
“Sliding Delta... features a wealth of traditional material... performed in authentic and utterly convincing renditions... If... you are unaware of Michael Jerome Browne and have any interest at all in acoustic roots music, I urge you to check out this disc.”
   -David Olds, The Whole Note (Toronto)
 
“A stunning selection of songs drawn from African American blues legends”
   -Mike Regenstreif, Folk Roots Folk Branches
 
“Michael Jerome Browne knows his classic blues, and knows how to make them sing today too.”
   -Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian Blog
 
“He re-imagines songs by the likes of Fred McDowell, Memphis Minnie, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie McTell and Skip James, delivering them with warm vocals and typically fluent guitar, banjo and mandolin... A must for players and lovers of this rich musical genre.”
   -Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music


 "[MJB's] work on this record should be required listening for any aspiring young blues players looking to dig a little deeper into the past to learn more about the early blues recordings of the last century and the men who made them.
Browne treats the material with the respect it deserves but does not treat these songs like museum pieces."

-Doug Gallant, The Guardian (Charlottetown PEI)

“The slide fills are excellent.”
   -Bill Robertson, The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
 
“Michael Jerome Browne is one of the best country blues guitarists ever to record... Lord, send me more CDs like Sliding Delta.”
   -ED Denson, Amazon.com review
 
“Ce disque où l’âme s’élève et où l’on égratigne le coeur”
   -Sylvain Cormier, Le Devoir
 
“Un disque inspiré”
   -Yves Bergeras, Le Droit
 
“...2015 a vraiment bien commencé pour tous les amateurs de blues et de musique rurale américaine qui seront carrément ravis d’entendre Sliding Delta... de MICHAEL JEROME BROWNE qui est certainement le meilleur défenseur de ce style de musique au nord de la frontière américaine.”
   -Dan Behrman, Le Magazine Son & Image