Sue Foley Channels Memphis Minnie’s FingerStyle Blues

The modern blues guitarist faces a quandary. To enter the tradition with force, you’ve got to keep it simple, while simultaneously avoiding clichés—as even the best of the best can end up in 12-bar purgatory, their flight to pentatonic hell already booked. But for blues picker Sue Foley, the riddle’s answer springs from one eternal fount. “I always go back to Memphis Minnie,” she says . “She is far and away my favorite musician of all time, and her approach to the blues is always inspiring and never clichéd.”