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The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster CD

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Raised in Gause, Texas, a small town 180 miles southeast of Dallas, Ruthie Foster grew up surrounded by the rich, soulful sounds of gospel and blues. Even as a young girl, she was taking in a wide variety of music, whether through the hymns her mother taught her, the Beatles songs she analyzed in a book given by her guitar teacher, the 45s her truck-driving uncle would drop off during visits, ... Read more in Amazon's Ruthie Foster Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B001AI6ZGE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,138 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cuz I'm Here
2. Heal Yourself
3. Fruits Of My Labor
4. People Grinnin' In Your Face
5. Up Above My Head (I Hear Music In The Air)
6. Harder Than The Fall
7. Beaver Creek Blues
8. Mama Said
9. Phenomenal Woman
10. A Friend Like You
11. I Don't Know What To Do With My Heart

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Superlatives are rare in album titles, and for good reason: unless you're a living legend or a legend-in-the-making like the Man in Black (1958's The Fabulous Johnny Cash) or the Queen of Soul (1962's The Electrifying Aretha Franklin), you're all but begging for a crash course in humility. So if you're going to stick a word like "phenomenal" in front of your name on a record cover, you damn well better have the goods to back it up. "Those are some big shoes!" laughs Ruthie Foster, who, just for the record, is really one of the most humble and down-to-earth artists you could ever meet, phenomenal or otherwise. She admits to initially having "quite a few reservations" about calling her fifth album The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster, crediting both her producer, noted Austin-based "swamp music" guitarist Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne, and her label, Houston's Blue Corn Records, for making that particular gutsy call. As for how they came up with it, well … just give it a listen, and you'll understand. The big shoes just fit — so much so, that calling this particular record by this particular woman at this particular time in her life and career anything but "phenomenal" would be akin to false advertising. Tracks: Cuz I'm Here / Heal Yourself / Fruits Of My Labor / People Grinnin' In Your Face / Up Above My Head (I Hear Music In The Air) / Harder Than The Fall / Beaver Creek Blues / Mama Said / Phenomenal Woman / A Friend Like You / I Don't Know What To Do With My Heart.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Straightforward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
Well, I'll never forget my introduction to Ruthie's music; I decided to buy a few tickets for a gig she did at the Jazz Cafe in London during July of 2009, and well... she really blew me away.

I go to a lot of gigs. It's what I spend my money on. And her talent and - how can I put it? - her natural presence on stage hit me straight away; She's also got a great sense of humour. It was a great night.

So of course I did the natural thing a bought all her albums as soon as I could. In my opinion, this one has the stand-out songs on it: 'Harder than the fall' just hits you like a smack in the face when you first hear it - it's like the flavours of Robert Cray, Tracey Chapman and Joan Armatrading, with the power of Aretha all rolled into a big joyous celebration of soul. You can hear the church influences strongly at times too; it's a major part of her life.

I'd give it five stars every time, but it still doesn't get the sheer force that she has when she plays live. Stages, a live album, does do that to some extent, but the songs aren't quite as strong. Go and see her perform if you get the chance - she's great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Oakes on 13 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
What an incedible voice! This lady is a wonderful talent and it's just a shame that she has yet to be found by a larger audience, but I'm sure her time will come. Several of her tracks remind me of Aretha Franklin and I can't give her any higher praise than that. Would throroughly recommend this CD.
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By Gizmophobic VINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I too saw Ruthie at Cambridge in 2007-3 times in fact-and as others have pointed out she stole the festival. The difference there though was that she performed only with a wonderful Nashville session guitarist whose name escapes me-this album is a notch or two down on that. I've seen Eric Bibb about 3 times and have a similar reaction. He is excellent live but lapses into the John Denver of the blues with his easy listening style on many of his albums. There's an element of this here too with one or two lapses into the sacharrine. Generally though its a solid album, great versions of Lucinda Williams and Rosetta Tharpe songs as well as some very good originals-title track not the best-definitely worth seeking out, but catch her live--we love you Ruthie.....
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