Ruthie Foster

Friday July 28, 2017
8:00pm
$28 publc | $25 members

"The one thing you can count on from Ruthie Foster anytime she steps onto a stage is being blown away by both her powerhouse voice and her familial warmth. ...the Texas singer-songwriter brought the standing room only crowd into her embrace, holding them gently in her grip like a long-lost cousin for almost two hours of song and story." – Atlanta Journal

In the tight-knit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t.  If you do, word gets around. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi.  You might even wind up getting nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy — three times in a row.  And those nominations would be in addition to your seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year.  She also won the Koko Taylor Award, honoring notable female blues artists, in the Blues Music Awards in 2013 and 2015.

On March 24, 2017, Ruthie released her new album Joy Comes Back with special guests Derek Trucks, bassist Willie Weeks (Bowie, Clapton, George Harrison) and drumming legend Joe Vitale (Crosby, Stills & Nash; the Eagles). In it are ten incredible tracks, which are by a diverse array of writers ranging from Mississippi John Hurt, Sean Staples and Grace Pettis (daughter of renowned folk singer Pierce Pettis), to Chris Stapleton and Black Sabbath. Yes, Black Sabbath: Foster reimagines “War Pigs” as a jam session with Son House. She also covers the Four Tops’ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever,” written by Ivy Jo Hunter and Stevie Wonder.

Her last three releases each received GRAMMY nominations and are critically acclaimed. Ruthie Foster also won the Koko Taylor Award, honoring notable female blues artists, in the Blues Music Awards in 2013 and 2015.