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

Article Contributed by conqueroo | Published on Friday, January 27, 2012

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