The small rural town of Gause, TX, had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse known as Ruthie Foster to itself. The worship services at her community church and influences like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin created the foundation of her vocal capabilities, which developed into her own sound, which is unable to be contained within a single genre. That uniqueness echoes a common theme in Ruthie’s life and career—marching to the beat of her own drum but has given her success that provided the opportunity to duet with Bonnie Raitt, or stand onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trade verses with Susan Tedeschi; and includes nominations for a Best Blues Album Grammy—three times in a row, seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year.
“If you’re not smiling as you listen to Ruthie Foster’s new album, “Joy Comes Back,” then you might want to check the condition of your heart. On this album…Foster joyfully delivers a set of ten infectious songs that carry powerful images of hope and love.”