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Full Circle

by Ruthie Foster

This native Texan's roots are evident in her original songs which contain elements of blues, gospel, country and folk.
Genre: Blues: Texas Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Smalltown Blues
3:49 $0.99
2. Get Out of My Way
4:04 $0.99
3. Rain From My Shoulders
3:00 $0.99
4. Lost in the City
5:22 $0.99
5. Home
4:44 $0.99
6. Those Who've Flown Away
2:25 $0.99
7. Prayin' For Rain
4:57 $0.99
8. Full Circle
5:41 $0.99
9. Heal Yourself
4:05 $0.99
10. The Fight
4:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ruthie 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."

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 Willie Nelson Picnic, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Folks Fest in Lyons, Colorado, Bass Concert Hall, the Waterfront Blues Festival in Oregon, the Tonder Festival in Denmark, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Austin City Limits Festival, and many others too numerous to mention.

Neither Ruthie nor the Blue Corn Music label and their distributor were prepared for the initial and sustaining demand for "Runaway Soul" since its release. CDs were flying off the shelves and in particular the stage. While on tour they sell an average of 100 CDs a night. "We spent a lot of time chasing down the Fed Ex truck while on tour trying to get our merch. It's a good problem to have," laughs the good natured and lovely Ruthie. While touring the Canadian Folk Festival circuit in the summer of 2002, Ruthie sold 1000 CDs in a day breaking a long-time record held by Ani DiFranco.

Raised in Gause, Texas, a small town 180 miles southeast of Dallas, Ruthie grew up surrounded by the rich, soulful sounds of gospel and blues. Her outstanding voice and superb original music have many influences including Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Thorpe, Sarah Vaughn, Etta James, and Lightnin' Hopkins, although perhaps no one has influenced Ruthie like her mother, Shirley Jones, who urged her to "Open your mouth and sing, girl!"

Foster's musical journey has taken her from McClennan Community College in Waco, Texas and a degree in commercial music to a four-year tour with the U. S. Navy Band "Pride", to New York City and a contract with Atlantic Records. During her stay in New York, Ruthie appeared at many of the top venues in town opening and performing with artists such as Josh White, Jr., Matt "Guitar" Murphy, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Paul Schaffer.

In November of 1993, Ruthie received word from home that her mother, who had been quite ill, needed her. She left New York, Atlantic and her career in music behind and came home to College Station, Texas. She took a job working as a cameraperson and production assistant at the local TV station and spent her off hours caring for her mother.

During this time, Ruthie began singing and playing for some of the elderly people that she had met with her mother, and thus began a heartfelt dedication to giving back to the community that continues to this day.

Full Circle Productions, copyright 1996 and M.O.D. Records, daijobu publishing copyright 1997, ASCAP



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Carleton Martin

get out my way
I really like the music it caught my attention the minute I heard it. Keep up the good work.

Renee Haden

I think she is awesome, terrific voice
I like all the songs on the CD. Very relaxing to listen to. I would love to see her in concert.


Great CD! Incredible voice and personality. Low key---more laid back than her most recent, but great! LOVE HER!

Jennifer Haase

Rootsy, Spirited, Texas-Girl-Power Songstress!!
She's countrified and folksy and beautiful bluesy croonin' mixed in with stomp-your-boots back-to-her-roots acoustic tunes. She's a voice so rich and solid, you know this woman has lived,loved and lost....and had the talent and smarts to put it to music. And what sweet, sweet music it is.

Brian A

Great album - Ruthie has an amazing voice
Having recently seen Ruthie Foster for the 1st time with Eric Bibb in the UK. I rushed back to my home PC to start purchasing her albums. I have found her mix of Soul, Blues and Glospel music to be inspiring. Ruthie vocal range is very impressive. However, it is the passion, sense of fun and pure enjoyment of how the songs are performed that really touched me. Fabulous 'live' and great on CD as well.


Easy on the ears!
Heard her on PBS, had to get the cd. Great listening! She is terrific.

Malaika Smith

Ruthie Foster has an amazing voice! I am glad I found it!
I really am enjoying Full Circle. The grace and style of real music, not electrified, synthesized crashing, can't be beat. The title song, "Heal Yourself" and "The Fight" are sure to become classics. I will make sure to share this album with my Texas-born mother; I know she'll enjoy it, too.