Let It Burn CD (2012)

Artist: Ruthie Foster

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Label Blue Corn Music/red
SKU 227568444
UPC 677967120128
UPC 14 00677967120128
Format CD
Release Date 1/31/2012
Author Ruthie Foster
Technical Info
Engineer Wesley Fontenot
Producer John Chelew
CatalogID BCM 1281
Lable Name Blue Corn Music
Released 01/31/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 52m : 59s
UPC 00677967120128
Musical Guests
Blind Boys of Alabama
William Bell
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ruthie Foster (vocals); Dave Easley (pedal steel guitar); James Rivers (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Ike Stubblefield (piano, Hammond b-3 organ); George Porter, Jr. (electric bass); Russell Batiste (drums).
Audio Mixer: Wesley Fontenot.
Recording information: Piety Street Recording, New Orleans, LA.
One of the gospel-blues scene's best-kept secrets for over a decade, Texan singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster finally achieved some long-overdue mainstream recognition when her 2009 sixth studio effort, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, picked up a Grammy nomination. By putting down the guitar and concentrating entirely on her vocals for the first time in her career, her follow-up, Let It Burn, suggests she means business. It's a wise move, as her impassioned, soulful tones have always been her main selling point, and backed by an impressive array of musicians, including the Meters' rhythm section and legendary gospel act the Blind Boys of Alabama, they're allowed the freedom to showcase their versatility, whether it's channeling the velvety smoothness of Anita Baker on the atmospheric blues of John Martyn's "Don't Want to Know," matching the power of Aretha Franklin on the a cappella rendition of early 20th century folk standard "The Titanic," or echoing the spiritual leanings of Carleen Anderson on the harmony-driven opener "Welcome Home." Alongside the groove-laden old-school R&B of "Aim for the Heart" and the pure gospel of "Lord Remember Me," the latter is the only original composition, but John Chelew's inspired production ensures there's still plenty of invention elsewhere. Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" is rendered almost unrecognizable thanks to a gorgeously shimmering and reverb-laden arrangement, Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer" is transformed into an authentic slice of New Orleans jazz, while Ike Stubblefield's rich organ riffs lend a hymnal quality to the likes of the Band's "It Makes No Difference" and the William Bell duet "You Don't Miss Your Water." Effortlessly classy covers of Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" and the Black Keys' "Everlasting Light" show she isn't averse to more contemporary fare. But whichever era Foster picks and chooses from, Let It Burn always feels utterly timeless. ~ Jon O'Brien
Professional Reviews
Living Blues (p.40) - "Her ability to move so effortlessly between moods -- from tender to fierce -- and to place a personal stamp on so many different types of songs marks Foster as one of the most remarkable American song stylists performing today."
Billboard (p.28) - "LET IT BURN provides a framework for Foster to connect soul to soul with listeners as she takes on gospel songs and covers..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he undoubted highlight is a completely restructured version of Ring Of Fire that's guaranteed to stay in your heart forever."
Paste (magazine) - "Foster understands vocals that start from the soul unify genres and create a repertoire that's seamlessly evocative."
Disc 1
1 Welcome Home - (featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama)
2 Set Fire To the Rain
3 This Time
4 You Don't Miss Your Water - (featuring William Bell)
5 Everlasting Light
6 Lord Remember Me - (featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama)
7 Ring of Fire
8 Aim For the Heart
9 It Makes No Difference
10 Long Time Gone - (featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama)
11 Don't Want To Know
12 If I Had a Hammer
13 Titanic, The - (featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama)
Product Attributes
Artist Foster,Ruthie
Music Format Compact Disc

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