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Ruthie Foster Promises A Brand New Day

Read about Ruthie Foster’s Forthcoming Brand New Day

RUTHIE FOSTER FOLLOWS CONSECUTIVE
GRAMMY-NOMINATED ALBUMS
WITH PROMISE OF A BRAND NEW DAY

Ruthie Foster has always had the ability to move audiences to tears or joy with her last two albums, 2009’s The Truth According to Ruthie Foster and 2012’s Let It Burn.

For her newest album Promise of a Brand New Day (to be released August 19 on Blue Corn Music), Foster put Meshell Ndegeocello in charge as her producer and then got out of the way, letting the lauded singer and bassist call the shots regarding players, takes and mixing. “I wanted this album to highlight Ruthie’s voice and also communicate her vibe, give a fuller picture of her artistry and ability,” explains Ndegeocello.  “She really trusted me with the music and I think we’ve made something that complements and holds its own alongside the power of her voice”.

Ndegeocello played bass and enlisted her regular guitarist, Chris Bruce (Sheryl Crow), and keyboardist Jebin Bruni (Aimee Mann), plus drummer Ivan Edwards and backing vocalist Nayanna Holley.  Foster did request two special guests: guitarist Doyle Bramhall II and singer Toshi Reagon.

“Meshell asked me, ‘Who’s at the top of your list?’” Foster recalls.  Bramhall’s been there for a while, but her fellow Austinite can be hard to nail down because of his day job with Eric Clapton.  Ndegeocello pulled it off.  As for Reagon, daughter of  Sweet Honey in the Rock founder Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and godchild of Pete Seeger, Foster has known her for years. “It was so sweet and such a relief to finally put our names together on a project,” Foster says. includes seven songs written or co-written by Foster, most of them “songs with messages—because that’s important to what I do,” she explains.

“Maybe that’s from growing up with people like Mavis [Staples] and a lot of strong women who have come before me, who are great singers but also have a message. They give you something; they say something.”

From 2011 to 2013 she earned three consecutive Blues Music Awards, plus an Austin Music Award for Best Female Vocalist and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year. And those are just some highlights of her awards history.

She’s also toured and recorded with Warren Haynes, traded verses with Susan Tedeschi on “The Weight” during the Allman Brothers’ 2012 Beacon Theater stretch and sang on an episode of the TV series Revolution.

She first delivered a gorgeous “Angel from Montgomery” with Bonnie Raitt at one of Wavy Gravy’s annual SEVA benefits, then repeated it with her on The Road to Austin, a loving all-star tribute to the now-late Stephen Bruton that made its documentary debut in the 2014 South By Southwest Film Festival.

“Ruthie’s voice is such a singular, powerful instrument, and she has such mastery of it,” Ndegeocello notes. “She can turn it on, belt it out and bring you to your knees, all in an instant.”

Read about Ruthie Foster’s Forthcoming Brand New Day

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