Sunday, February 5, 2017

CD Review: Ruthie Foster Brings Back The "Joy" Of A New Album

Grammy nominated artist Ruthie Foster is preparing to release her ninth studio album titled "Joy Comes Back." Last year Foster won the 2016 Female Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards and her new album is already receiving positive feedback, even before it's March 24th release date. On this album she performs alongside such great musicians as Derek Trucks, Joe Vitale and Warren Hood. Ruthie Foster also gives us her interpretations of songs by Stevie Wonder, Mississippi John Hurt and even Black Sabbath.

The new ten-song release begins with the mellow, warm tones of Chris Stapleton's "What Are You Listening To?" as Ruthie Foster explores her country side. She delivers her vocal strength during the battle cry of "Working Woman," then collects us for the gospel sing-along of "Joy Comes Back" with help from Derek Trucks on slide guitar. She hits her R&B stride for "Good Sailor" as her vocals soar, before turning Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" into an Americana/folk-infused political march. Ruthie Foster continues with her heartfelt delivery of Stevie Wonder's "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" and finishes with the gentle story of "Abraham" and the piano bluesy ballad "Forgiven."

Ruthie Foster will begin her U.S. tour on February 11th in Richmond, VA.
She has shows sprinkled throughout the spring and summer. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about her new album "Joy Comes Back," please visit

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