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Foster serves up soul

Staff Report

Ruthie Foster brings her blues, gospel and root-rich music to the Carbondale Community School at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. Foster plays with percussionist Cyd Cassone, who also provides backup vocals. Tickets are available at Sounds Easy Video and KDNK in Carbondale, at $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Foster’s songs are a hybrid of blues, gospel, roots and folk and are rich in honest spirituality and emotion.



Critics have compared her vocals to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.

Her current CD, “Runaway Soul,” released in 2002 on the Blue Corn label, includes a selection of original tunes and covers of classic Brownie McGhee and Big Maybelle tunes as well as the Terri Hendrix song, “Hole in My Pocket.”



Foster and Cassone have performed at the 2003 Austin Music Awards, and appeared on the television show “Austin City Limits” and the radio program, “E-Town,” at the Boulder Theater.

Raised in Gause, Texas, southeast of Dallas, Foster grew up with the rich sounds of gospel and blues. Influences include Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, Sara Vaughn and Lightnin’ Hopkins.

Her musical journey has taken her from McClennan Community College in Waco, Texas, to a tour with the U.S. Navy Band, to New York City and a contract with Atlantic Records.

Foster released her first CD, “Full Circle,” in 1997.

For more information call KDNK at 963-0139.


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