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by Ruthie Foster

Thoughtful folk ballads with soulful, hopeful, gospel blues.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stories
3:20 $0.99
2. Changes (Annie's Song)
4:15 $0.99
3. Another Rain Song
5:14 $0.99
4. Crossover
3:31 $0.99
5. Light Up the World
3:10 $0.99
6. Real Love
4:01 $0.99
7. Rainbows
4:08 $0.99
8. To The Fallen
5:01 $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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Michael R. Coughlin

Powerful songwriting, beautifully preformed
"Crossover" is a wonderfull collection of songs from the heart of a wonderfull songwriter. "To The Fallen" is particulary touching to a Texan, and the uncle of a recent Texas A&M grad.


Great CD. Ruthie is quite the talent.
What a wonderful voice Ruthie Foster has. She is a very talented songwriter as well. Great CD. Thank you very much.


Beautiful, inspiring and not to be missed.
This is a great artist and wonderful CD. The music is beautiful, inspiring and not to be missed. I first heard Ruthie Foster at the Kate Wolfe Festival in 2004. I bought the CD there and wore it out listening to it, so I had to buy another! Ruthie Foster makes me want to sing at the top of my lungs--and I do, but only in the car.


Too great for words!
The music on this CD shows us why Ruthie Foster's music appeals to all kinds of people. Something for everyone. Blues,Country,Reggae,Soul. Love it!


Thrilled to be instroduced to Ruthie Foster's music
Recently I caught about 10 minutes of Ruthie Foster's appearance on Austin City Limits and was hooked. Her mix of gospel, soul, folk music is divine. I immediately went on a search to find her CD. I absolutely love Crossover and will be buying more of Ms. Foster's CDs.


Discovered Ruthie recently when she played a solo gig in SW England- we were completely blown away by her performances of her own songs and the traditional gospel and blues from her childhood.
I love the songs on this album- the production (or lack of it) allows the listener to appreciate the voice and songs in their simple beauty.
Thanks CdBaby for keeping the prices low, particularly the shipping costs- it means I can afford to buy more music and ship it to England!

Michael Player

Thanks Ruthie
Thanks for "To the Fallen" I heard it on KEOS and was really moved by it. Poetry can ease the pain from a tragedy and Aggieland needs more poets like Ruthie Foster!

Pamela T

I love Ruthie’s full and smoothing voice and her accompanying musicians
My favorite song is Real Love, great vocals, great lyrics, and the arrangement is fantastic. I have bought another CD of Ruthie Foster's.


I love this cd, but then I already had it. I gave it to my Guest father for his birthday here in Germany, and he loves it. I also ordered a copy for a friend whose B-day us coming up, and I know he will love it too... Another Rainsong is my favorite song...


This is the second CD by this artist that I've heard so far, and I'm hooked! Like TxPeach, I was first exposed to Ruthie Foster due to catching a little bit of the Austin City Limits appearance. After buying Stages, I decided I want to collect all her CDs. I ordered Crossover from CDBaby, because it didn't seem to be available anywhere else. I'M VERY GLAD I DID! :-D
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