Live at Antone's

Live at Antone's

by Ruthie Foster


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Live at Antone's

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2011
Label: Blue Corn Music
UPC: 0677967110228
catalogNumber: 1102
Rank: 45680

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
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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