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Phenomenal Ruthie Foster CD (2007)

Artist: Ruthie Foster

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Superlatives are rare in album titles, and for good reason: unless you're a living legend or a legend-in-the-making like the Man in Black (1958's The Fabulous Johnny Cash) or the Queen of Soul (1962's The Electrifying Aretha Franklin), you're all but begging for a crash course in humility. So if you're going to stick a word like "phenomenal" in front of your name on a record cover, you damn well better have the goods to back it up.

"Those are some big shoes!" laughs Ruthie Foster, who, just for the record, is really one of the most humble and down-to-earth artists you could ever meet, phenomenal or otherwise. She admits to initially having "quite a few reservations" about calling her fifth album The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster, crediting both her producer, noted Austin-based "swamp music" guitarist Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne, and her label, Houston's Blue Corn Records, for making that particular gutsy call. As for how they came up with it, well...just give it a listen, and you'll understand. The big shoes just fit - so much so, that calling this particular record by this particular woman at this particular time in her life and career anything but "phenomenal" would be akin to false advertising.

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Label Blue Corn
SKU 203946055
UPC 677967060226
UPC 14 00677967060226
Format CD
Release Date 2/6/2007
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Author Ruthie Foster
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Featuring Ruthie Foster
Artist Bio
Ruthie FosterRuthie Foster's songs are a remarkable hybrid of blues, gospel, roots and folk music rich with honest spirituality and emotion. Her simply amazing vocal abilities have critics comparing her to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Ruthie's passionate songs and scintillating live performances attract both the young and old for an uplifting experience of dancing, listening, laughing and even some crying; especially when Ruthie rounds out the joyous occasion with her versions of show-stopping gospel standards.Ruthie's new international release "Stages" on Blue Corn Music is a collection of 14 songs recorded live in Austin, TX with Will Taylor and String's Attached chamber ensemble at St. David's Episcopal Church, Anderson Fair in Houston, TX and Club Passim in Boston, MA. The live performances include old favorites like "Crossover", "Another Rain Song", and "Real Love" as well as roof raising gospel standards "Death Came a Knockin' (Travelin' Shoes)" and "Walk On." The CD finishes with the title cut to her breakthrough CD "Runaway Soul".The Philadelphia City Paper writes, "On the last of four sleep-deprived, music-crammed days at Folk Alliance, somebody insists, you just gotta make time for one more showcase. At 2 a.m., no less. You go, and surprise, Ruthie Foster carries the second wind with her. The energy she brings with just voice and guitar is stunning. Ruthie's drawn comparisons to Ella and Aretha, but musically neither is really close. What she does have in common with Fitzgerald and Franklin is the irresistible blaze -- it's impossible to look away, even close the eyes, for one second."Ruthie's performance highlights include PBS syndicated Austin City Limits, which has aired in 2003 and 2004; a 2004 tour of UK theaters with Eric Bibb; The Strawberry Music Festival in California, the Vancouver Folk Festival, The Grey Fox Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Folks Fest in Lyons, Colorado, Bass Concert Hall, the Waterfront Blues Festival in Oregon, the Kate Wolf Festival, the Austin City Limits Festival, and many other concerts and festivals too numerous to mention.
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Artist Foster,Ruthie
Music Format Compact Disc

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