Ruthie Foster Preps For Huge Tour



Headlining as well as dates with Blind Boys, Kaukonen,



By Blurt Staff


Fresh off a show-stopping
performance at last month’s Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, songstress Ruthie
Foster is about hit the road hitting the road in advance of her new CD THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO RUTHIE FOSTER (out February 3 on Blue Corn Music).  She’
be on the road with guitar wizards Jorma Kaukonen and Robben Ford as well as headlining
gigs and festival dates in Japan, Australia, and closer to home, RUTHIE’s
non-stop globe trotting will take her through the first half of 2009 – with
barely a moment’s rest until the end of June.



Highlights along the way include
stops at a hometown CD-release show at Antone’s in Austin, TX on February 3; a
headlining gig at L.A.’s intimate Hotel Café on March 10; festival gigs with
the likes of Ben Harper and Patti Griffin; a stop at the Doheny Blues Festival
and Strawberry Festival in May; and a series of co-headlining Canadian shows
with The Blind Boys of Alabama in June.



Writes Washington Post critic Josh Freedom du Lac’s list of Foster’s turn
at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in May, “The highlight of the
weekend came when I wandered into the blues tent just in time to catch Ruthie
Foster leading her all-female band through a cleansing, deeply soulful cover of
the Lucinda Williams song, ‘Fruits of my Labor.’ It was a revelation.


“I was blown away by Foster’s
vocals, which were the perfect combination of emotion, power and control, with some
stunning flourishes, such as her descending vocal runs. On a subsequent song,
Foster sustained a vocal note for what seemed, in real time, like three
minutes; it was a crowd-stirring, tent-top-lifting, jaw-dropping,
lung-emptying, hair-raising, wow-she’s-still-holding-it?!!? moment. Foster
blended the ache and weariness of a blues singer with the fiery grit and
optimism of a gospel vocalist. If you need a vis-a-vis, I’ll offer early-era
Aretha as a data point. Yes, she was that good. If you’d heard Foster drilling
down to the emotional core of the blues stomp, ‘Death Came A Knockin’
(Travelin’ Shoes),’ you’d understand. Awesome stuff.”



In a preview of the upcoming
Foster disc, Hal Horowitz wrote in Blues
“The truth, according to this remarkable album, is that Ruthie
Foster is one of America’s
finest soul-blues artists…but it wasn’t until 2007’s The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster that the world took notice. This
follow-up is even better…Producer Chris Goldsmith, who helms the famed Ardent
Studios board in Memphis, brought in the legendary Jim Dickinson to play
keyboards along with guitarist Robben Ford and the Memphis Horns. The result is
a full-on blast of soul and blues that mixes some of Foster’s finest
self-penned material with tunes made famous by O.V. Wright (a stunning ‘A
Nickel and a Nail’) and Ann Peebles (‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’) along with more
obscure gems by Patty Griffin and Eric Bibb. The combination of a talented
band, powerful songs, and Foster’s roaring, gospel-inspired vocals leaves Truth
with no weak spots among it’s dozen tracks…Throughout the album, the sound is
crisp, the playing and production top-notch. If this one doesn’t elevate Foster
to the next level of popularity, it’s impossible to imagine what will.”



Ruthie Foster Tour Dates:



**1/30/09        Pittsfield,
MA                                     The
Colonial Theatre

**1/31/09        New London,
CT                    The Garde Theatre

**2/2/09          New York,
NY                                   B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

2/3/09              Austin,
TX                              Antone’s

**2/4/09          Morristown, NJ                                   Community
Theater at the Mayo

**2/5/09          Englewood, NJ
                                  Bergen Performing Arts

**2/6/09          Harrisburg,
PA                                    Sunoco
Performing Theatre

**2/7/09          Stamford,
CT                          Palace Theatre

**2/8/09          Poughkeepsie,
NY                  Bardavon 1869 Opera House

**2/9/09          Pomona, NJ
                            Stockton Performing Arts

**2/10/09        Virginia Beach, VA,               The Sandler Center
for the Performing Arts

**2/12/09        Wilmington,
DE                                  Grand Opera House

**2/13/09        Charlottesville,
VA                 Paramount Theater Auditorium

**2/14/09        Greensboro, NC                      Carolina
Theatre of Greensboro

**2/15/09        Atlanta, GA                            Variety

**2/17/09        Durham, NC
                          Carolina Theatre

**2/18/09        Falls Church,
VA                    State Theatre

**2/19/09        Newark, OH
                          Midland Theatre

**2/20/09        Clinton Township, MI                        Macomb Center

**2/21/09        Glen Ellyn, IL
of DuPage Arts Center

**2/22/09        Grayslake, IL                          James Lumber
Center for the Performing

**2/24/09        Beaver Creek, CO                   Vilar Center
for the Arts

**2/25/09        Aspen,
CO                              Wheeler
Opera House

**2/26/09        Monterey,
CA                                     Golden
State Theatre

**2/27/09        San Rafael,
CA                                   Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium

**2/28/09        Redding, CA                          Cascade

**3/1/09          Portland,
OR                           Aladdin

**3/3/09          Arcata, CA                              Van
Duzer Theatre (Humboldt
State University)

**3/4/09          Davis, CA
                              Jackson Hall / Mondavi
Center for the Arts

**3/6/09          Olympia, WA                          The Washington Center

**3/7/09          Bellingham, WA
Baker Theatre

**3/8/09          Seattle, WA                            The
Triple Door

3/10/09            Los Angeles,
CA                    Hotel Café

*3/19/09          Austin,
TX                              SXSW Festival

*3/21/09          Tampa, FL
                              Tampa Bay
Blues Festival

3/26/09            Yokohama,
Japan                    Thumbs Up

3/27/09            Tokyo,
Japan                           Cay

3/28/09            Kyoto,
Japan                           TakuTaku

3/30/09            Nagoya,
Japan                                     Tokuzo

4/2/09              Brisbane,
Australia                  Judith Wright Centre

4/3/09              Eumundi,
Australia                 Joe’s Waterhole

4/4/09              Canberra,
Australia,                The Folkus Room

4/7/09              Kincumber,
Australia              Lizottes

4/8/09              Sydney,
Australia                   The Basement

4/10/09            Byron Bay,
Australia              Bluesfest

4/11/09            Byron Bay,
Australia              Bluesfest

4/14/09            Melbourne,
Australia              The Corner Hotel

4/16/09            Hepburn Springs, Australia     The Palais

4/17/09            Meeniyan, Australia                Meeniyan Town Hall

4/18/09            Fremantle,
Australia                West Coast Blues & Roots

4/22/09            Adelaide,
Australia                 The Governor Hindmarsh

4/23/09            Sydney,
Australia                   The Factory Theatre

4/24/09            Bulli,
Australia                                    Heritage

*5/9/09                        Shreveport,
LA                                   First Annual Leadbelly Blues

*5/17/09          Dana Point, CA                                  Doheny
Blues Festival

5/22/09                        Yosemite,
CA                         Strawberry Music Festival

*5/24/09          Silver City, NM                                  Silver City
Blues Festival

*5/28/09          Herndon,
VA                          Herndon Festival

***6/14/09      Vancouver, BC, Canada                     The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts

***6/15/09      Victoria, BC, Canada
                        Royal Theatre

***6/17/09      Winnipeg, MB, Canada                      Pantages Playhouse

***6/18/09      Calgary, AB,
Canada              Southern
Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

***6/19/09      Edmonton, AB,
Canada                     Northern
Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

*6/26/09          Laytonville,
CA                                  Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival


* Denotes multi-act festival

** Denotes tour date with Jorma
Kaukonen and Robben Ford

***Denotes tour date with The
Blind Boys of Alabama




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