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Triple Threat Sue Foley To Play on Aug. 2 At BluesDays

Sue Foley

WHEELING — Canadian-born Sue Foley, a triple-threat guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, will perform at BluesDays at River City, at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2.

“Sue will be returning to Wheeling for the fifth time since her debut performance at the 2007 BluesFest,” said Bruce Wheeler, producer of BluesDays at River City and of Heritage Music BluesFest. “Three of the four times, she shared the stage with Peter Karp, Deborah Coleman and Suzanne Potvin. I am looking forward to her performance, anticipating some Canadian musical sophistication blended with some raw Astin, Texas, grit.”

Foley, born in Ottawa, Canada, started her professional career at 16 and, by the age of 21, had moved to Austin, Texas, to record for Antone’s, the esteemed blues label and historic nightclub that helped launch the career of Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and many others.

In the decades that have followed, Foley has been busy touring and recording steadily, all while toting her signature pink paisley Fender Telecaster.

In 2001, she won the prestigious Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy). She was a 2019 Juno Award nominee for Blues Album of the Year. Foley also holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards, winning Guitarist of the Year in 2019. She has earned three Trophees de Blues de France and has garnered several nominations at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tenn. In 2019, she was a BMA nominee for Song of the Year, “The Ice Queen,” and the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female.

Her latest album, “The Ice Queen,” released in March 2018, is her 12th solo album and represents her full-circle journey back to Austin, Texas, where she began her recording career. Joining Foley on the album is a trio of legendary Texas guitar slingers — Jimmie Vaughan, Z.Z.Top’s Billy Gibbons and Charlie Sexton — as well as a host of other Lone Star State all-stars.

“When I was a teenager, I idolized Jimmie Vaughan and Billy Gibbons,” Foley said. “They’re both legends now, so this feels like a historical event (at least it does for me).

“I’m still in love with blues music, and I’m just happy to be out here spreading the good word. In the blues, you keep growing, and every year you have more of yourself to give. It’s a life long journey, and I’m just in the middle of it, enjoying every second.”

River City is located at 1400 Main St., Wheeling.

For more information and advance tickets to the Aug. 2 concert and to Heritage Music BluesFest, visit www.heritagemusicfest.com.

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