Michael Jerome Browne
GrassRoots Regina presents from Montreal internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Jerome Browne and his electric band in concert.
Friday, October 3, 2008
The Club, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina
Opening set by Regina’s Shane Reoch.
Show starts at 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 at the door.
Browne performs everything from old Appalachian music to Chicago blues with such captivating authenticity that he has earned three Juno nominations in two distinct categories.
Michael Jerome Browne was born in South Bend, Indiana in 1960 but was raised in Montreal where his music-loving parents took him to the jazz, blues and folk clubs. It was there that Browne first heard the likes of Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and Lightnin' Hopkins. By the age of fourteen he was performing professionally on the seventies coffeehouse scene, playing guitar, banjo and harmonica and singing. He was a long-time guitarist for Montreal’s Stephen Barry Band and today he tours frequently in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Europe. He’s performed at Carnegie Hall with Kate and Anna McGarrigle, in the studio with Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb, and on tour with Guy Davis. He’s been honoured with a Maple Blues Award for Acoustic Artist of the Year and a Real Blues magazine award for Best Acoustic Blues Artist.
He has released three albums, all of them Juno nominated. His first, Drive On, in 2001, then Michael Jerome Browne and The Twin Rivers String Band in 2004, followed by Double in 2007. His fourth album, This Beautiful Mess is due for release on September 23 and will be available at the show. His show is a mixture of acoustic and electric blues, old-time country, cajun, swing, and rhythm and blues. He is a virtuoso on guitar, gourd banjo, fiddle, harmonica, and mandolin. He will be performing in Regina with his electric band, which for this tour consists of Ron Casat on keyboards, Rachel Melas on bass, and John McColgan on drums. All three are seasoned players and have worked with a variety of bands over the years. Casat with Amos Garett, Maria Mulder, and Ellen Mcllwaine; Melas with Mother Tongue, Courage of Lassie and Swamperella; McColgan with The McGarrigle Sisters, The Stephen Barry Band, Emmylou Harris and Sue Foley.
“A multi-instrumentalist and singer of vast talent.” - The Globe and Mail
“Michael Jerome Browne is a country blues master.” - CBC Radio (Holger Peterson)
“One of today’s most accomplished interpreters of traditional musical styles.” - Sing Out!
Shane Reoch is a Regina-based blues singer and guitar player who has been performing on the local scene since the mid-nineties. His shows are a blend of traditional blues and original material featuring his finger-style and slide guitar work which complement his strong vocals.