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One Guitar Woman is devoted to the female pioneers of guitar – to celebrate
women of independent spirit, vision,passion, and accomplishment.
Three time Blues Foundation Traditional Female Artist award winner, Sue
Foley’s new album One Guitar Woman is a heartfelt tribute to the female
pioneers of the guitar - including Memphis Minnie, Lydia Mendoza, Maybelle
Carter, Ida Presti, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The album showcases the
dexterity of Foley’s acoustic nylon string guitar skills as she expands on her
blues playing into other genres like Piedmont fingerpicking, traditional country,
flamenco and classical.
“From the time I decided to be a professional guitar player, I’ve always
looked for female role models. These are the women who were expressing
themselves through the instrument as far back as the 1920’s, at the inception
of radio and recorded music. They are the trailblazers and visionaries whose
footsteps I walk in,” says Foley.
In May 2023, Foley was awarded the Blues Music Award for Traditional Blues
Female Artist (the Koko Taylor Award) in Memphis TN for the third time. She
was also honored with Guitarist of the Year and Blues Act of the Year at the 2023
Austin Music Awards, and Guitarist of the Year at the 2023 Maple Blues Awards.
Her last studio album, Pinky’s Blues took home Best Traditional Blues Album
at the 2022 Blues Music Awards, and her latest live album “Sue Foley Live In
Austin Vol. 1” continues to be number 1 on the Roots Music Chart and has been
on a number of blues Best Of 2023 lists.