Sunday, October 01, 2006

Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster's blend of blues, gospel, and folk and, of course, her amazing voice, have earned her a strong following in North America. Her 2002 release "Runaway Soul" broken sales records at festivals across the continent. It even took her record label, Blue Corn Music by surprise. During her tour after the release of "Runaway Soul", Ruthie was running out of CDs to sell at the shows. Blue Corn had to Fed-Ex an entire truck load ahead of her shows to keep up with demand. While touring the Canadian Folk Festival circuit in the summer of 2002, Ruthie sold 1000 CDs in one day at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, breaking a long-time record held by Ani DiFranco. She broke her own record again in 2003 and once again this past summer, she set a new record.

Ruthie Foster was raised in the small town of Gause, Texas, about 180 miles southeast of Dallas. Her music was shaped by influences including Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Thorpe, Sarah Vaughn, Etta James, and Lightnin' Hopkins. The energy she brings to the stage with just her voice and a guitar is just amazing. In 2004 Ruthie Foster released a live album entitled "Stages" that was a compilation of many shows throughout her career.

Ruthie Foster - Hole in My Pocket.mp3

Ruthie Foster - Runaway Soul.mp3

Ruthie Foster's CDs are available from CD Baby, or


Anonymous G-Dub said...

Excellent. Hearing music that's new to me that is this good definately warrants a trip to the record store.

October 02, 2006 2:12 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Hi g-dub, I'm glad to hear you enjoy Ruthie Foster. If your local record shop is out of her CDs, you can order them from CD Baby. Check her touring schedule, her concerts are an experience you won't forget.

October 02, 2006 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Norm said...

Thanks for posting Ruthie and for the CD, what a voice. If you keep this up I'll have to work more overtime to pay for all the CD's I buy or have to buy!

October 03, 2006 6:41 AM  

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