Tag Archives: Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster, Let it Burn (Blue Corn Records)

When Ruthie Foster first played Jazz Fest in 2008, I sat next to her as she sang during our interview on the Music Heritage Stage. At arm’s reach, her voice was as powerful and warm as it had been when channeled through the Blues Tent’s PA an hour earlier, and that voice has been her [...]

YouTube du Jour: Ike Stubblefield

Hammond B3 player Ike Stubblefield got his start as part of the Motown Revue in 1968, and he has spent his career since playing with a musical who’s who on the road or in the studio. Recently, he was in town to play organ on Ruthie Foster‘s Let It Burn (recorded at Piety Street Studios), [...]

Ruthie Foster, Live at Antone’s (Blue Corn Records)

Ruthie Foster has a cult/fanatic following. People either have never heard of her or they think she has one of the best voices of our time. Her new CD Live at Antone’s shows why her voice has received such notice. It is husky and soulful but never overdone. She wails at the top of her [...]

YouTube du Jour: Ruthie Foster

Late this summer, Texas blues/soul singer Ruthie Foster was in town cutting her new album, Let it Burn, at Piety Street Recording with producer John Chelew (John Hiatt’s Bring the Family). Her core band on the album is OffBeat‘s Lifetime Achievement honoree this year, George Porter, Jr., with Russell Batiste on drums, Dave Easley on [...]

Ruthie Foster

Singer Ruthie Foster made a big impression at her first Jazz Fest appearance in 2008. Her big voice and positive spirit levitated the Blues Tent, and no matter how animated Lady Tambourine was when she made a guest appearance, she couldn’t upstage Foster. The Austin-based Foster has since released a follow-up to The Phenomenal Ruthie [...]

Ruthie Foster, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn Music)

In The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, the Texas-bred singer draws from a wide palate of American song forms, from folk, gospel and jazz in an album stylistically much broader than its predecessor, 2007’s The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster. Here, Foster updates her sound with touches of contemporary R&B and bluesy soul, sounding at times like [...]