With The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, Ruthie has finally arrived.
This extraordinary songwriter/performer tackles life's big issues throughout her sizzling new album. On it, Ruthie repeatedly testifies to her core message – that through all of the ups and downs of living, you must stay true to yourself. The pain as well as the joy of love, the strength it takes to weather life’s challenges, the hope that grows from seeds of faith and wisdom: All of this breathes inspiration and celebration into The Truth According to Ruthie Foster.
For all the facets of this album, the heat of soul music burns at its core. That’s what drew her to Memphis, where she set up shop at the legendary Ardent Studios with a stunning assembly of musicians. There, symbolically on the day of Isaac Hayes’ funeral, they began working to convey the energy of Ruthie’s performances, cutting almost everything live, going for feeling above all else … and making their own kind of history.
...With roots-music producer Chris Goldsmith overseeing the proceedings, all of the essentials – the hard-edged blues of guitar icon Robben Ford (the Yellowjackets, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, countless others), the Memphis magic conjured by keyboardist Jim Dickinson (Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin) and organist Charles Hodges (Al Green, Ann Peebles), the rock-steady rhythm anchor of bassist Larry Fulcher (Taj Mahal, Los Super Seven) and drummer Rock Deadrick (Tracy Chapman, Ben Harper) – settle into their unique pocket, with the legendary Memphis Horns adding a distinctive coup de grace.
|Label:||Blue Corn Music|
Performance CreditsRuthie Foster Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Robben Ford Electric Guitar
James Luther Dickinson Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Jack Hale Trombone,Trumpet
Charles Hodges Hammond B3
Wayne Jackson Trumpet,Soloist
Gina Thedford Murrell Background Vocals
Jimmy Roberts Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Larry Fulcher Electric Bass
Rock Deadrick Drums,Tambourine
Charles E. Jr. Hodges Hammond Organ
Tom McGinnley Baritone Saxophone
Ji Ji Background Vocals
Gina Murrell Background Vocals
Technical CreditsTommy Tate Composer
Patty Griffin Composer
Jimmy Hoyson Engineer
Deadric Malone Composer
Vernon Morrison Composer
Wolf Stephenson Composer
James Stroud Composer
Eric Bibb Composer
Ira Allen Composer
Thomas Couch Composer
Chris Goldsmith Producer,Audio Production
Ruthie Foster Composer
Charles Driebe Management
Buddy Mize Composer
Thomas Couch Composer
Mitchell Malouf Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This new CD from Ruthie Foster is an amazing walk down the fence of Memphis sound blues and soul mixed with some rock and reggae and her amazing voice right out front and center! I was first introduced to Ruthie through my local blues society newsletter, but she's really much more of a well-rounded singer, songwriter, performer, than someone who can only be categorized as 'blues'. My favorite songs on this CD are are Stone Love (the lead off track) and Dues Paid in Full ...both of these songs really rock.
I would highly recommend this record and artist to anyone who is a fan of Tracy Chapman or even Alicia Keys ....it's somewhere right in the middle of those two!