New Ruthie Foster Release
Joy Comes Back
Out March 24 2017
Texan Ruthie Foster has one of the most powerful voices I have heard. Live, she is a supreme performer.
Foster will be releasing Joy Comes Back, her eighth studio album (via Blue Corn Music) on March 24 2017 and it promises to be a collection filled with emotional resonance. When she recorded these songs, Foster wasn’t merely singing about love and loss, she was splitting a household and custody of her five-year-old daughter.
Recorded in Austin, Texas at producer and former neighbour Daniel Barrett’s studio, the new record contains nine songs by a diverse array of writers ranging from Mississippi John Hurt, Sean Staples and Grace Pettis (daughter of renowned folk singer Pierce Pettis), to Chris Stapleton and Black Sabbath (!!). Foster reimagines ‘War Pigs’ (from Sabbath’s second album Paranoid) as a jam session with Son House. She also covers the Four Tops’ ‘Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever’ (written by Ivy Jo Hunter and Stevie Wonder).
There are some special guests on Joy Comes Back – slide guitarist Derek Trucks, bass player Willie Weeks (Bowie, Clapton, George Harrison), drummer Joe Vitale (Crosby, Stills & Nash; the Eagles) guitar from Grace Pettis, Warren Hood plays fiddle/mandolin and Barrett plays guitars, drums and percussion.
At one point, Barrett described the album to Hood as
“some blues, some folk, some soul, some rock, some gospel.” Hood replied, “Sounds like Ruthie Foster music.”
While we wait, here’s a clip of her striking ‘Phenomenal Woman’