She makes a sound from down around the center of everything. What an evening with Ruthie. Shaking the rocks. Enjoy these photos from Rodney Bursiel and Nathan Brown.
Ruthie Foster has been making quite a name for herself since she entered the singer/songwriter scene in 1997, with her self-produced debut Full Circle, and furthermore with her 2002 breakthrough release Runaway Soul (produced by Austin's Lloyd Maines). Though Ruthie is a proud native of Texas, she's spent her share of time touring the world with the U.S. Navy band, Pride, and found herself living in New York City for a few years under a songwriting contract with Atlantic Records. It is in her latest album, however, that Ruthie has captured her music with its truest intentions.
The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster (recorded in Austin with producer Papa Mali), finds Ruthie diving back into her soul and R & B background. Traces of her early work can be heard in songs like "Beaver Creek Blues" and the gospel revival, "Mama Said." Together with Papa Mali, Ruthie was able to deliver the soul record she was destined to make. "Early on, long before I ever got into the folk thing, I was doing more soul on acoustic guitar than anything else. And that’s always been a part of the sound that I have," she says. Mali's vision was integral in creating the vibe of the record, selecting musicians and instrumentations that evoke the spirit of Ruthie's songs. “I’ve had a lot of changes in my life the last couple of years here, both personally and musically, and it was just time to step out. This record’s all about what I’ve been through these last couple of years here, and then some."
Thanks to Ruthie Foster, all of our amazing volunteers, and guests for an amazing evening in the Texas hills!