Live at Antone's

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Soul, blues, gospel, and to a lesser extent, folksinger Ruthie Foster was probably tired of hearing fans say her albums were good but never quite captured the vitality of her live show. She rectifies that on this CD/DVD set. It captures her with an expanded and very hot band in front of a rowdy crowd at Austin's legendary hot spot Antone's. Foster cherry-picks selections predominantly from her previous two studio albums, and interestingly, only includes three of her own compositions out of the 14 cuts here. Still, interpretations of songs from Lucinda Williams ("Fruits of My Labor"), Patty Griffin ("When It Don't Come Easy"), and even Sister Rosetta Tharpe ("Up Above My ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Soul, blues, gospel, and to a lesser extent, folksinger Ruthie Foster was probably tired of hearing fans say her albums were good but never quite captured the vitality of her live show. She rectifies that on this CD/DVD set. It captures her with an expanded and very hot band in front of a rowdy crowd at Austin's legendary hot spot Antone's. Foster cherry-picks selections predominantly from her previous two studio albums, and interestingly, only includes three of her own compositions out of the 14 cuts here. Still, interpretations of songs from Lucinda Williams ("Fruits of My Labor"), Patty Griffin ("When It Don't Come Easy"), and even Sister Rosetta Tharpe ("Up Above My Head [I Hear Music in the Air])" are stamped with her commanding, church-influenced vocals and arrangements that find the deep soul in everything she touches. Guitarist Hadden Sayers gets to showcase his sweet "Back to the Blues," sung as a duet with Foster, but things get really bluesy on a scorching version of O.V. Wright's "A Nickel and a Nail." Guitarist Papa Mali, who produced Foster's 2007 The Phenomenal album, guests on slide guitar for the rock spiritual "Heal Yourself." Keyboardist Scotty Miller's organ work goes a long way to boosting the spiritual aspects of the music, especially the traditional "Woke Up This Morning," but it's Foster's superb voice, genuine warmth, and affable personality that make this her most likeable and cohesive album. When she opens up and lets fly on the 11-minute gospel/funk of "Death Comes Knocking," including a spotlight-stealing bass solo from longtime cohort and cousin Tanya Richardson, it's clear the stage is the place to expose her talents to a wider audience. The accompanying DVD helps that enormously. It's professionally shot, beautifully recorded with seemingly no overdubs, and includes the easygoing, between-song banter that is cut from the audio CD and shows Foster's innate sense of humor. It also displays how she effortlessly holds an audience spellbound with her powerful pipes and natural command of her band, the stage, and an unpretentious confidence in her eclectic approach to music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • Label: Blue Corn Music
  • UPC: 677967110228
  • Catalog Number: 1102
  • Sales rank: 40,432

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stone Love (4:07)
  2. 2 I Really Love You (5:01)
  3. 3 (You Keep Me) Hangin' On (2:37)
  4. 4 Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air) (5:13)
  5. 5 Runaway Soul (5:03)
  6. 6 Fruits of My Labor (4:16)
  7. 7 When It Don't Come Easy (4:16)
  8. 8 Back to the Blues - Hadden Sayers (6:01)
  9. 9 Nickel and a Nail (5:49)
  10. 10 Heal Yourself - Papa Mali (5:48)
  11. 11 Woke Up This Mornin' (5:36)
  12. 12 Phenomenal Woman (5:37)
  13. 13 Death Came A-Knockin' (11:22)
  14. 14 Ocean of Tears (5:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ruthie Foster Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Hadden Sayers Guitar, Vocals
Samantha Banks Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Papa Mali Guitar, Guest Appearance
Scottie Miller Keyboards, Vocals
Tanya Richardson Vocals, 5-string Bass
Technical Credits
Lucinda Williams Composer
Maya Angelou Composer, Lyricist
Patty Griffin Composer
Deadric Malone Composer
Vernon Morrison Composer
David Pickett Composer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Composer
Neil Ferguson Graphic Design
Sidney Wyche Composer
Ira Allen Composer
Traditional Composer
Ruthie Foster Arranger, Composer
Hadden Sayers Composer
Buddy Mize Composer
Nick Landis Mastering
Amy Sky Composer
Allen Kyle Sound Man
Rick DeLellis Soundtrack Mixing
Stephenson Composer
Theodore McRae Composer
Steve Mims Video Editor, Video Producer, Video Director
Denby Auble Executive Producer
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