Sue Foley saw her first blues concert in Canada at the age of 15 and she has been captivated by the blues ever since. She is a Texas infused Canadian who has released 16 albums since 1992. A talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist, she exhibits her talent and her love of the blues genre on the new recording Pinky’s Blues. The name of the album comes from her hot pink Fender guitar which is front and center on the songs.
The album was recorded over a three day period during the pandemic in 2020 and features Chris “the Whipper” Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble fame, Mike Flanigin on the Hammond B3 organ (he also produced the album) and Jon Penner on bass who has been with Sue on a number of her recordings over the years.
The signature cut on the album is Hurricane Girl which features a special appearance by the renown Jimmie Vaughan on rhythm guitar. It is simply some badass roadhouse blues and a perfect vehicle for Sue’s talent. As she sings in the song, she is a force of nature that has paid her dues in a career spanning over 30 years. Check out the video here !!
Another song and video release from the album is Dallas Man. It is vintage upbeat Texas blues and she wrote it while thinking of all of the great bluesmen that have come out of Dallas including Freddie King, Bugs Henderson, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, Anson Funderburgh, and Doyle Bramhall II to mention just a few. There is also a third song and video that I really enjoyed, Southern Men, because of the numerous shots focused on Sue playin’ that damn guitar.
I also enjoyed Two Bit Texas Town (written by another Texas legend Angela Strehli), Stop These Tears (written by Lavelle White), and Frankie Lee Sim’s Boogie Real Low. And if you want a straight up sampling of Sue’s guitar playing prowess just listen to the instrumental title cut….mhmm.
Sue has embarked on an extensive tour of Canada, the United States, and Europe over the next year to support the album. I hope to be among the crowd that gets a chance to see this stellar performing artist.
Ben Vee started out spinning songs on terrestrial radio and at nightclubs back in the 1970’s in his home state of Louisiana. After a career in the construction business, he returned to DJing in 2011. He now hosts two shows each week on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com and writes about the blues at http://www.benveeblues.com from his home in Connecticut. He also has a 24 hour stream devoted to the Roadhouse Blues… WRHB