Sue Foley
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Sue Foley
Sue Foley
Born (1968-03-29) March 29, 1968 (age 50)
Origin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Blues
Singer, guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Labels Warner Music Canada, Koch, New West Records, Antone's Records, Shanachie Records, Ruf Records, Blind Pig Records
Lou Ann Barton - Fabulous Thunderbirds - ZZ Top - Jimmie Vaughan

Sue Foley (born March 29, 1968)[1] is a Canadian blues singer and guitarist.

Early life

Foley was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and spent her early childhood in Canada. She learned to play guitar at age 13, became interested in blues music from listening to the Rolling Stones, and played her first gig at age 16. After high school graduation, she relocated to Vancouver where she formed The Sue Foley Band and toured Canada.[2]


By age twenty-one, Foley was living in Austin, Texas[3] and recording for Antone's, the blues label and historic nightclub. Her first release was Young Girl Blues.[4]

Foley has toured steadily with her band, toting her signature pink paisley Fender Telecaster.[5] In 2001, Sue won the Juno Award for her CD, Love Coming Down.[6] Foley has also earned seventeen Maple Blues Awards and three Trophees de Blues de France. She has also garnered several nominations at the International Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee.[7]

2018 will mark Foley's return as a solo artist with her long anticipated CD, "The Ice Queen", which features guest appearances by Billy Gibbons of ZZTop and Texas blues legend, Jimmie Vaughan.


As leader/co-leader

  • 1992: Young Girl Blues (Antone's)
  • 1993: Without a Warning (Antone's)
  • 1995: Big City Blues (Antone's)
  • 1996: Walk in the Sun (Antone's)
  • 1998: Ten Days in November (Shanachie)
  • 2000: Love Comin' Down (Shanachie)
  • 2000: Back to the Blues [also released as Secret Weapon] (Antone's)
  • 2002: Where the Action Is... (Shanachie)
  • 2004: Change (Ruf)
  • 2006: New Used Car (Ruf)
  • 2007: Time Bomb (with Deborah Coleman, Roxanne Potvin) (Ruf)
  • 2009: Queen Bee: The Antone's Collection (Floating World) compilation
  • 2010: He Said She Said (with Peter Karp) (Blind Pig)
  • 2012: Beyond the Crossroads (with Peter Karp) (Blind Pig)
  • 2018: The Ice Queen (Dixiefrog 8803)

As primary artist on other albums

As guest musician on other albums


  • 2005: Sue Foley - Live in Europe (Ruf) DVD
  • 2010: Sue Foley - Guitar Woman (Alfred's Artist Series/Instructional) DVD

See also


  1. ^ Bill Dahl (1968-03-29). "Sue Foley | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ Nygaard King, Betty (8 April 2008). "Foley, Sue". The Canadian Dictionary. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ [1]. Maple Blues. Toronto Blues Society. May 2012. page 5
  4. ^ "Women's Blues Revue". Toronto Blues Society. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ Miers, Jeff (10 January 2007). "Sue Foley Channels Memphis Minnie's FingerStyle Blues". Guitar Player. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ "Awards". Juno Awards website
  7. ^ "24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards Nominees". Billboard, January 21, 2003.

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