|1. Runaway Soul|
|2. Woke Up This Mornin'|
|3. Smalltown Blues|
|5. Hole In My Pocket|
|6. Give You My Love|
|7. Ocean Of Tears (Mama)|
|8. Walk On|
|9. Death Came A-Knockin' (Travelin' Shoes)|
An interior photo shows Foster and her musical partner, Cyd Cassone, sitting outside a rural grocery store just playing away like Willy and the Poor Boys. It's not hard to imagine most of these songs coming about that way. The raw, edgy passion of songs like Ocean of Tears and Woke Up This Morning just lend themselves right to that style. Even more polished songs, like Give You My Love and the Terri Hendrix cover Hole in My Pocket, have a deeply-felt edge to them.
I see one flub in this album. The song Home, a paean to small-town life, seems uninspired, and is sung in a breathy style that was popular on the radio a few years ago despite being horrible. It seems meant to ensure there's one radio-friendly track on the disc. That feels pretty disingenuous, and I could have done without it on this otherwise sterling CD.
Foster is a dynamic performer who makes the traditions her own. This is her third album and her first major-label release, and I suspect we have only more and better to come from her. And in my view it can't come too soon.
I am a fan of music that moves me, without regard to genre. Ruthie's music is folksy and bluesy with a dash of old-time country, all wrapped up in a gospel-ly rhythm that will leave you powerless to stop your feet from tappin', your hands from clappin', and your mouth from singin' along. Oh, and by the way, I think her voice outpowers Aretha's, even in her glory days...and I'm a huge fan of the Queen! What I wouldn't give to see the two of THEM perform together! Forget Whitney, Mariah, and the other "divas..." Get these two women together, and the house will come unDONE!
Buy this CD if you like Texas music...gospel-tinged inflections...emotionally searching songs...music to inevitably lift you up...great harmonies...sparse production...the list goes on.
Better yet, just buy this CD, period!! And catch her live show--you won't be disappointed!
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