Things to do: Sue Foley celebrates Pinky’s Blues release on Rockefeller
The love between an artist and the guitar of this performer runs deep. BB King had Lucille, Willie Nelson a Trigger and for blues artist Sue foley it’s his pink Fender Telecaster, Pinky. Sue Foley will celebrate the release of her album for Pinky’s blues right here in Houston on Friday October 22 at by Rockefeller.
One lucky ticket holder will even take home a black and white print of Foley and his good friend and the Texas treasure Billy F. Gibbons performing at their very first Jungle Show, their annual holiday performance held at that of Anton in Austin.
“I’m thrilled and we love Houston,” Foley says from her home in Austin. The album will be released the same day and when asked why Houston hosted their official album release show, Foley said, “It kind of fell into place. We would pick the release date and that date in Houston fit that perfectly and it was perfect.
Rockefeller’s has always been a hotbed for the Houston blues and was once a place frequented by Texas blues players like Stevie Ray Vaughan and his brother Jimmie, a collaborator on the track “Hurricane Girl”.
Foley herself remembers playing there for an opening solo concert for Leon Russel many years ago. “What a great place to release our album,” says Foley.
As for her guitar: “She has a whole album dedicated to her,” says Foley, who attributes to the producer Mike Flanigin for coming up with the concept and title of the album. “I’ve had this guitar for over 30 years so it’s pretty special, it’s about time we gave it an album.
“I had her in Vancouver at a music store and she’s been with me the whole time,” says Foley, who is from Canada and traveled to Austin at age 21 to be part of the Antone’s blues family. “It’s crazy that I never lost her. Well, I lost her a few times on planes but she always came back. ”
She says she moved to Austin and met Clifford Atone who picked her up from the airport and let her stay at his home for almost a year.
“I showed him my guitar, it was Pinky and I had only had it for a year or two at that point, and he said, ‘Oh, you know, the more you play it, the more there will be. lady.’ and that just sums it up for me because if you play a guitar every gig, every recording, it travels with you and it’s been by your side, there’s definitely a soul thing there.
“The more you play it, the more soul will get into it.”
Foley built her career and skills by studying, integrating and advancing the genre of blues while paying homage to those who came before her, transferring knowledge, style and energy from other musicians. in his music and his audience.
“That’s exactly what it is,” she nods. “The transfer of energy, to move it forward, to receive it and to give it.”
Pinky’s blues was recorded with this concept in mind, Foley describing it as having a “regional sound” where the selected covers are songs by Texan artists and his original tracks on the album carry the same harsh Texan vibe as his original track “Dallas Man”.
During the pandemic, Foley and Flanigin hosted a virtual Texas Blues Party where they immersed themselves in various blues artists, telling the stories, explaining the styles and of course, playing the songs with Foley on guitar and Flanigin now on the B3.
Foley credits the focus and vibe of Pinky’s blues at those same Texas Blues parties they’ve hosted online, renewing their commitment to studying specific styles of play in combination with the fast, live recording process of Flanigin’s pandemic release, West Texas Blues, on which she played.
“We entered Pinky’s blues sessions with the same spirit, ”says Foley. “Knowing we could do it because his album was awesome.”
Flanigin not only served as a producer, but can also be heard on the album, including the very hot “Southern Men”. “We’re very simpatico,” says Foley.
“He produced it and kind of supervised the sessions. The sessions were done live and when I say live I mean like live, ”she said describing how they all performed in a room without overdubbing or returning to fix something even though they had it. desired.
“You might hear a little minor glitch, but we chose to leave them there because it definitely puts everything on the line and you kind of have to go. I was really happy with the results. ”
Throughout the album there is a funny pun and genre play with titles referring to both genres and Foley herself doing a cheeky dance between masculinity in her curling, growling style of play. and the femininity and sensuality of her voice.
“When people see me playing the guitar, they’re definitely caught off guard because that’s not what someone might call women’s rights. Funny we even attribute these things to him, but he has this thing. I guess it’s aggressive.
Sue Foley will perform with John Egan on Friday, October 22 at Rockefeller’s, 3620 Washington, doors at 7 p.m., $ 18-32.