Ruthie Foster's New CD Streets Next Week, Starts Tour

Ruthie Foster celebrates the release of her new album, Let It Burn, on Tuesday, January 31 with an appearance that night at Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum. The performance and interview there will be available to fans throughout the world on a web simulcast. The event kicks off a tour that continues into late spring with stops in all major cities including Austin for SXSW (March 14–16). The initial dates are co-bills with acclaimed Mississippi singer-songwriter Paul Thorn.
The Grammy-nominated, Blues Music Award- and Austin Music Award-winning artist, who calls Texas home, recorded the new album at New Orleans’ Piety Street Studios with many of the city’s venerable musicians, resulting in an infusion of fresh spices into her already rich sonic gumbo.
The New Orleans players — the Funky Meters’ rhythm section of bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Russell Batiste, guitarist Dave Easley, and renowned saxophonist James Rivers — collectively infuse the tracks with a groove-based, in-the-pocket vibe. The addition of Hammond B3 wizard Ike Stubblefield, who has toured and recorded with everyone from Curtis Mayfield to Eric Clapton, gives the album a jazzy organ-combo feel. Finally, legendary gospel singers the Blind Boys of Alabama and soul icon William Bell add extra depth to the project’s surprisingly diverse collection of cover songs and fresh originals.
Highlighting Foster’s strengths as an interpreter, Let It Burn features covers of an eclectic group of songs originally performed by the likes of Adele, The Black Keys, Los Lobos, Johnny Cash, The Band, Pete Seeger, Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Martyn, Robbie Robertson. The album also includes several new Ruthie Foster compositions.
Let It Burn smolders, sizzles and ignites with an intensity born from Foster’s vibrant voice and indelible presence. In an early review in the Los Angeles Times, critic Randall Roberts noted, “To call Ruthie Foster a blues singer is to miss a big chunk of her allure as a vocal stylist, one who draws from a range of influences on her deep, soulful Let It Burn.” Texas Music Magazine called the album “not only organic but revelatory,” and Blues Revue’s online said, “Let It Burn can not be overlooked.”

Tues., Jan. 31   LOS ANGELES, CA   Grammy Museum
Thurs., Feb. 2  PORTLAND, OR    Aladdin Theater, with Paul Thorn
Fri., Feb. 3   SPOKANE, WA   The Bing Crosby Theater, with Paul Thorn
Sat., Feb. 4   SEATTLE, WA  The Triple Door, with Paul Thorn
Mon., Feb. 6   CHICO, CA   Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., with Paul Thorn
Tues., Feb. 7   ARCATA, CA   Humboldt State University, with Paul Thorn
Wed., Feb. 8    NAPA, CA    Napa Valley Opera House, with Paul Thorn
Thurs., Feb. 9   SAN FRANCISCO, CA   Great American Music Hall, with Paul Thorn
Fri., Feb. 10   SANTA BARBARA, CA   UC Santa Barbara, with Paul Thorn
Sat., Feb. 11   PHOENIX, AZ   The Compound Grill, with Paul Thorn
Sun., Feb. 12   TUCSON, AZ  Berger Performing Arts Center, with Paul Thorn
Tues., Feb. 14  STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO  Strings Music Pavilion, with Paul Thorn
Thurs., Feb. 16  DURANGO, CO   Fort Lewis College, with Paul Thorn
Fri., Feb. 17   BEAVER CREEK, CO   Vilar Center for the Arts, with Paul Thorn
Sat., Feb. 18   DENVER, CO     L2 Arts & Culture Center, with Paul Thorn
Thurs., Feb. 23   THE WOODLANDS, TX   Dosey Doe Café
Fri., Feb. 24   AUSTIN, TX   Antone’s
Sat., Feb. 25  SAN ANTONIO, TX  Sam’s Burger Joint
Tues., March 6  ANNAPOLIS, MD  Ramshead, with Paul Thorn
Wed., March 7 ALEXANDRIA, VA Birchmere, with Paul Thorn
Thurs., March 8 PHILADELPHIA, PA WCL, with Paul Thorn
Fri., March 9  NEW YORK, NY City Winery, with Paul Thorn
Sat., March 10  CHATHAM, NJ  The Sanctuary Concerts, with Paul Thorn
Wed.-Fri., March 14-16  AUSTIN, TX  SXSW
Fri., March 17 DALLAS, TX    Kessler Theater
Fri., March 23  DECATUR, GA  Eddie’s Attic
Sat.-Sun., March 24-25   SAVANNAH, GA   Savannah Music Fest, with Campbell Brothers
Tues., March 27  WICHITA, KS  Abode Venue, with Paul Thorn
Wed., March 28  KANSAS CITY, MO  Knucklehead’s, with Paul Thorn
Thurs., March 29  ST. LOUIS, MO  Old Rock House, with Paul Thorn
Fri., March 30  BLOOMINGTON, IL  The Castle Theater, with Paul Thorn
Sat., March 31  SCHAUMBURG, IL  Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts
Mon.-Tues., April 2-3  MINNEAPOLIS, MN  The Dakota, with Paul Thorn
Thurs., April 5   AUSTIN, TX  Long Center for the Performing Arts
Sat., April 21  HOUSTON, TX  Houston International Festival
Tues., May 2  LAFAYETTE, LA  Acadiana Center for the Arts, with Paul Thorn
Fri., May 4  BATON ROUGE, LA Manship Theatre, with Paul Thorn
Sat., May 5   MERIDIAN, MS Mississippi State University, with Paul Thorn
Fri., May 11  SOUTH MILWAUKEE, WI South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
Sat., May 12  GREEN LAKE, WI Thrasher Opera House
Fri., May 18  CHEROKEE, TX  Cherokee Creek Music Festival
Sun., May 20   CHARLESTON, WV Charlie West Blues Fest
Fri., June 1  MEMPHIS, TN  Levitt Shell at Overton Park
Sat., June 2  EUREKA SPRINGS, AR Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
Sat., June 16  HENDERSON, KY  Handy Blues and Barbeque Festival
Sat., June 30  LAYTONVILLE, CA  Kate Wolf Music Festival

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