Ruthie Foster

Agent: Tom Gold (North America, Asia, Australia, & New Zealand)

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2019 Blues Music Award Nominee (Koko Taylor Award – Traditional Blues Female)

“…there is no denying the spirit.” -USA TODAY

“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 Constitution

“There’s no denying the power of Foster’s monstrous voice” -Paste Magazine

“If you’re not smiling as you listen to Ruthie Foster’s new album, Joy Comes Back, then you might want to check the condition of your heart. On this album…Foster joyfully delivers a set of ten infectious songs that carry powerful images of hope and love.” – DOWNBEAT

In the tightknit 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.

There’s only one Austinite with that résumé: Ruthie Foster.

The small rural town of Gause, TX had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse known as Ruthie Foster to itself. The worship services at her community church and influences like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin created the foundation of her vocal capabilities, which developed into her own sound which is unable to be contained within a single genre. That uniqueness echoes a common theme in Ruthie’s life and career – marching to the beat of her own drum.

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Joining the Navy was one way for Ruthie to stake out her own path. It was during her time singing for the Navy band Pride that her love for performing became apparent. After leaving the service, Ruthie signed a development deal with Atlantic Records and moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional musician.

A deal with a major label would seem to be a dream come true for a budding artist, but the label favored Ruthie as a pop star. In another bold move, she walked away from the deal and returned to her roots, moving back to the Lone Star State.

Returning to Texas, Ruthie solidified her place as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter and began a musical partnership with Blue Corn Music, whom she has stood beside for all her releases over the past two decades.

Now comes Ruthie’s latest – Joy Comes Back – again on Blue Corn Music. When she recorded this album, Foster wasn’t merely singing about love and loss; she was splitting a household and custody of her 5-year-old daughter. Music was her therapy.

The comfort she felt within the studio gave her the strength to pour the heartache of her family’s fracture and the cautious hope of a new love into 10 incredible tracks, nine of which are by a diverse array of writers ranging from Mississippi John Hurt and Grace Pettis (daughter of renowned folk singer Pierce Pettis), to Chris Stapleton and Black Sabbath. It takes a true artist to make an outside song their own and, if you know Ruthie, you know she succeeds. The Recording Academy might want to put its engraver on notice. Every note on Joy Comes Back confirms this truth: It’s Ruthie’s time.

At one point, producer Daniel Barrett described the album to local hero Warren Hood, who lays fiddle and mandolin on “Richland Woman Blues,” as “some blues, some folk, some soul, some rock, some gospel.” Hood replied, “Sounds like Ruthie Foster music.”

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Ruthie Foster on Tour:

Date City Location Venue

Sat, 10 Aug 2019

DILLON

CO

DILLON AMPHITHEATER

Sat, 17 Aug 2019

GRANDE PRAIRIE

AB

BEAR CREEK FOLK FEST

Sun, 18 Aug 2019

GRANDE PRAIRIE

AB

BEAR CREEK FOLK FEST

Thu, 22 Aug 2019

BROWNFIELD

ME

STONE MOUNTAIN ARTS CENTER

Fri, 23 Aug 2019

WOODSTOCK

NY

LEVON HELM STUDIOS

Sat, 24 Aug 2019

NEW YORK

NY

HUDSON RIVER PARK'S BLUES BBQ FESTIVAL

Sun, 25 Aug 2019

ROANOKE

VA

UNITY OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY

Thu, 5 Sep 2019

AUSTIN

TX

SHADY GROVE

Sun, 8 Sep 2019

LAS VEGAS

NV

BIG BLUES BENDER

Sun, 15 Sep 2019

TELLURIDE

CO

TELLURIDE BLUES AND BREWS FESTIVAL

Thu, 19 Sep 2019

FORT COLLINS

CO

CONCERTS AT THE ARMORY

Sat, 21 Sep 2019

DENVER

CO

DANIELS HALL AT SWALLOW HILL MUSIC HALL

Thu, 10 Oct 2019

HELENA

AR

KING BISCUIT FESTIVAL

Fri, 11 Oct 2019

FRANKLIN

TN

FRANKLIN THEATRE

Sat, 12 Oct 2019

DECATUR

GA

EDDIE'S ATTIC

Thu, 17 Oct 2019

SAN ANTONIO

TX

TOBIN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Fri, 18 Oct 2019

KANSAS CITY

MO

FOLLY THEATER

Fri, 25 Oct 2019

DALLAS

TX

THE KESSLER THEATER

Sat, 26 Oct 2019

HOUSTON

TX

THE HEIGHTS THEATER

Sat, 7 Dec 2019

DRIPPING SPRINGS

TX

SYCAMORE CREEK CONCERTS

Thu, 17 Jan 2019

ST. LOUIS

MO

SHELDON CONCERT HALL

Sun, 19 Jan 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM AND BLUES CRUISE

Mon, 20 Jan 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM AND BLUES CRUISE

Tue, 21 Jan 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM AND BLUES CRUISE

Wed, 22 Jan 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM AND BLUES CRUISE

Thu, 23 Jan 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM AND BLUES CRUISE

Fri, 24 Jan 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE

FL

LEGENDARY RHYTHM AND BLUES CRUISE

Sat, 15 Feb 2020

HOPKINS

MN

HOPKINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS