Stages

Stages

by Ruthie Foster
     
 

On this CD recorded at various shows, Ruthie Foster is a folkie at heart, but she meshes various styles and nuances into each song, beginning with the short but pleasing tango-like intro to the powerful and soulful "Ocean of Tears." The song glides along gracefully as Foster's earthy delivery fuels the slightly Latin textures, with assistance from partner Cyd Cassone… See more details below

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On this CD recorded at various shows, Ruthie Foster is a folkie at heart, but she meshes various styles and nuances into each song, beginning with the short but pleasing tango-like intro to the powerful and soulful "Ocean of Tears." The song glides along gracefully as Foster's earthy delivery fuels the slightly Latin textures, with assistance from partner Cyd Cassone on percussion. Foster's uplifting and spiritual approach often keeps original acoustic folk tunes like "Crossover" flowing effortlessly. "This is something I wrote in a Sam Cooke style," she says before starting "Another Rain Song" with more of a bluesy folk approach with minimal instrumentation. The first of several highlights comes during a give-and-take effort on the reggae-tinged and melodic "Real Love." The singer takes things down somewhat with a jazzy cover of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child," with mixed results at best. The stellar "Death Came a Knockin' (Travelin' Shoes)" is also simple but quite pleasing. Perhaps the sleeper picks come in the second half, as "Prayin' for Rain" and "Get Out of My Way" have a dreamy folk-pop aura in the vein of a sparse Melissa Etheridge. There are a few anecdotes included as Foster mentions how people often think she's Tracy Chapman when they first hear her. The interaction between Foster and the crowd also shines on the rambling "Church," which isn't so much a song as a description of Foster growing up in a Baptist church atmosphere. And by the time you listen to her version of Stephen Foster's "Oh! Susannah," you realize that Foster will be doing this brand of folk quite well for quite a long time.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Blue Corn Music
UPC:
0677967040327
catalogNumber:
70403
Rank:
51964

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ruthie Foster   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Casey Cassone   Percussion,Vocals
Brad Evilsizer   Drums
Stephen Zirkel   Bass,Trumpet
Will Taylor   Piano,Violin,Viola
Samantha Banks   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Charles Prewitt   Cello
Cyd Cassone   Percussion,Vocals
Steve Zirkel   Trumpet,Bass Guitar
Renn Carson   Electric Guitar
Tanya Richardson   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Tim Leatherwood   Engineer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Will Taylor   Engineer
Jerry Tubb   Mastering
Neil Ferguson   Graphic Design
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Ruth McGhee   Composer
Steve Friedman   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Ruthie Foster   Composer

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