A three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner, five-time Juno nominee, Kerrville New Folk finalist, and recipient of the 2020 Maple Blues Awards’ Blues With A Feeling Award, Michael Jerome Browne is a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, and a living encyclopedia of American Roots music.
After three years of sporadic performing, Michael is hitting the road again and will be releasing his new album, Gettin’ Together, in May of 2023.
Recording it involved travelling to different places to record with old and new friends: Harrison Kennedy, Mary Flower, Eric Bibb, John Sebastian, Colin Linden, J.J. Milteau, and many others.
“Getting together with these great musicians in the studio was highly therapeutic, and I expect it was for the other musicians and sound engineers, Michael said. “I decided to record some old songs that people might already know, and have fun with it. Fun was had, and I think we captured it!”
Whether he’s gliding a slide across his resonator guitar, creating an intense mood with his tremolo 12-string guitar, or “hammering the claw” on his gourd banjo, Michael’s passion and virtuosity always shine through. In the true tradition of folk music, his performances inspire us to see the interconnections between the many cultures and influences that gave birth to American Roots Music. Expect to hear gospel, blues, old-time, country, soul, Cajun and more from a performer who’s been called a street-smart archivist and an absolute treasure.
Born in South Bend, IN, Michael is the son of English professors whose love of music and poetry inspired them to take their nine-year-old son to the great jazz, blues and folk clubs in their adopted home of Montreal. By the age of 14, MJB was already a regular on the vibrant folk and coffee house scene adding banjo, fiddle, and mandolin to his roster of instruments, having already established a masterful command of guitar and harmonica.
Michael Jerome Browne is a musician’s musician, and when he isn’t performing his own material he is in demand as a session musician, backing up and recording with other artists, most notably Eric Bibb, whose 2017 Grammy-nominated album Migration Blues was co-produced by Michael and featured him playing and singing.