Ruthie Foster’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. And, at 7:00 PM Saturday October 12 she brings her amazing talent to the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas.
A 2010 and 2013 Grammy nominee and a regular nominee at the Austin Music Awards, Ruthie will travel with even more accolades garnered just this year including Female Blues Artist of the Year in the 20th Annual Living Blues Awards, Best Female Vocals at the 2013 Austin Music Awards, the Koko Taylor Award at the 34th Annual Blues Music Awards (BMA). The BMA Awards are recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artist. Ruthie’s win makes for an impressive total of eight Blues Music Awards nominations and five wins since 2008.
She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas. But, you’ll know after hearing her that she has a charisma that can ignite any audience and burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock folk and gospel.
While Ruthie Foster’s latest album, Let it Burn, is mainly a collection of cover tunes brought to her by Grammy winning producer John Chelew she makes each song uniquely her own and honors the well-known originals. Whether injecting deep soul into David Crosby’s classic rock hit “Long Time Gone”, reimagining Pete Seger’s “If I Had a Hammer”, or transforming Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” the church is never far from anything Foster touches. Her spiritual original “Lord Remember Me” with the Blind Boys of Alabama, makes that perfectly clear.
The album’s opening and closing tracks also spotlight the Blind Boys of Alabama and bookend the project with a devotional approach. “I haven’t lost my gospel in the way I approach a song,” explains Ruthie.
Many of you may know the music of Ruthie Foster. But for those who don’t I’m here to tell you that she is an artist that can mesmerize a crowd of 30 in a small night club or astonish and amaze an audience of 3000 in a huge auditorium. I’ve had the pleasure of both. Since hearing her seven years ago we have tried repeatedly to get her to come to Mason. But her world touring and busy schedule didn’t connect to Mason.
This truly is a show you don’t want to miss. Ruthie will pour her heart out and you’ll be asking for more. Tickets are only $20 per person and may be purchased safely on line at www.theodeontheater.com or by sending your check to Concert P.O. BOX 1599 MASON, TX 76856. Make checks payable to O.P.A. For reservations and information call Dennis or K Evans at 325 347 6781.