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“I love Ruthie Foster. That’s my little sister. A phenomenal woman, yes indeed. She’s great.”
– Mavis Staples
“She sounds long-suffering, forthright, resilient and thoroughly at home.” – The New York Times
“..a full-on blast of soul and blues… The first half of Foster’s seventy-minute set layed down enough gospel rock to qualify for two Sundays in church – but it’s a lot more fun than that… Her voice has a Bonnie Raitt-like uniqueness that makes it impossible to ignore; and her smile and charismatic stage presence make you a willing participant in whatever story she wants to weave.” – Blues Revue
“The Texan’s unclassifiable blend of gospel, blues, jazz, soul and folk was feel-good music delivered with a powerfully emotional voice.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
Those who have followed Ruthie Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride.
She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas. Ruthie’s list of achievements include Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards, a 2012 and 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album, the 2010 Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year, the 2013 Living Blue Music Award Critic’s Poll for Bluest Artist of the Year (female) and recent Blues Music Award wins for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year.
Ruthie’s latest and Grammy-nominated CD, Let It Burn, is a deeply intimate recording featuring a smoky mix of original songs coupled with inventive interpretations of an unexpected collection of covers. Ruthie is supported along the way by some very special guests – gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama and Stax Records soul man William Bell.
2013 Blues Music Award Winner – Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
2012 Blues Music Awards:
Winner – Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
Winner – DVD of the Year for Live At Antone’s DVD
Nominee – B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
2011 Blues Music Award Winner – Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
2010 Blues Music Award Winner – Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year
2009 Blues Music Award Nominee – Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
2008 Blues Music Award Nominee – Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
2013 Austin Music Award Winner – Best Female Vocalist
2012 Blues Blast Music Awards Nominee – Best Female Blues Artist
2012 Living Blues Award Nominee – Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
2011 Living Blues Award Nominee – Blues Artist of the Year (Female)
2010 Living Blues Critics’ Poll Winner – Blues Artist of the Year (Female)