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The Truth According to Ruthie Foster [CD]

Ruthie Foster Audio 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 (9 Feb 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B001MAW56Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. I Really Love You 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. When It Don't Come Easy 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
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The Truth According To Ruthie Foster is the follow up to The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster, which amassed a great deal of critical acclaim including this in the New York Post: “Foster has a deep gritty voice with a little Janis and some Aretha that will please discerning soul and rock fans". The Boston Globe has said: “Foster is a natural-born singer with a voice that is potent, unfussy and…deeply moving”.

The new album springs to life with a jaunty ‘70s vibe on the Ruthie-penned “Stone Love". From there, Ruthie paints with all the vivid colors on her palette: yearning desire amid a bouncy reggae beat on “I Really Love You,” heartbreak in the lyrics of the Patty Griffin tune “When It Don’t Come Easy,” funky horns on another Ruthie original “Dues Paid In Full,” the raw punch of “Nickel and a Nail,” and the deep-felt blues of “Tears of Pain.”


A touch of several soul greats (think Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke) in her voice, working with classical gospel, blues, roots & folk material in a manner that is both contemporary & classic - a little like early Ry Cooder -- Rock n Reel, 9 February, 2009

An enjoyable & fine CD. Foster's voice is soulful & expressive. Well produced. Highly recommended -- Blues & Rhythm, 9 February, 2009

Ruthie Foster has a voice that will take your heart and caress it and this album will be a worthy addition to any collection.
-- Net Rhythms,9 February, 2009

The young Texan singer mixes soul, gospel, blues & folk to absolutely stunning effect. She deserves international recognition. -- Blues News,9 February, 2009

Well worth the wait, thoughtful & often ear-catching performer. **** Four Star -- ECHOES, 9 February, 2009

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It seems strangely appropriate that this album should be coming out this year -- which also heralds the 50th birthday of Motown Records -- because if anyone has taken on the mantle of soul singer extraordinaire for the 21st century, then it's the phenomenal Ruthie Foster - something that was, not coincidentally, the title of her last album.

Foster has been kicking up a storm in her home state of Texas for a fair wee while now, with her winning combination of soul, classic R'n'B, and folk and blues. It's surely only a matter of when, rather than if, she breaks internationally. From the opening, classic soul blast of "Stone Love," through the big ballad "When It Don't Come Easy," and into the dynamic blues of "Truth!" this album just keeps on delivering.

Hailing from a family of gospel singers, Foster studied music at university before taking the unusual route of touring with the US Navy band, Pride. Then there was an abortive period with Atlantic Records, who tried to mould her into a hybrid of Anita Baker-meets-Tracy Chapman before she broke free and headed out on the road playing at just about every folk club in North America.

She's been making albums since 1997, when her debut 'Full Circle' came out, releasing 'Crossover' before signing for Houston's Blue Corn Records, which has seen another three excellent releases - 'Runaway Soul' and the live album 'Stages', prior to the aforementioned 'The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster'.

Of course, it's no real surprise that the musical performances are straight out of the top drawer. When you have the likes of former Black Crowe's guitarist Robben Ford popping in to lay down some steaming hot lines, you know you're in for a treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth more phenomenal 29 April 2010
By Gizmophobic VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After being a little let down by Ruthie's "The phenomenal Ruthie Foster"-see separate review, I hesitated to buy another, but this one delivers the standard I expected from her after catching her live. Going to Memphis and recruiting Jim Dickinson (RIP) as well as Robben Ford and Wayne Jacksn has made all the difference. Her own songs here are much stronger and so is the muscle, even the quiet ones are more soulful than the previously mentioned cd which veers towards the easy pop blues of Eric Bibb. The latter still gets two songs on the cd, "love in the middle" is ok and at least "Thanks for the joy" rocks through the smiley lyrics. Nice sax too. Elsewhere there is much better fare. Ruthie gets as gravelly as Betty Lavette on occasion. Prime soul blues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Truth!! 24 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
This CD was my introduction to Ruthie Foster. I love it and will be getting her back catalogue. She has a great voice and if want you want is music that touches your soul and makes you want to dance as well as making you laugh and reflect, then this is the CD for you. Better still see her live if you can, her warmth, wit and humour are an added bonus.
"The truth is right where you are!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful and Bluesy! 7 Jun 2013
By Marty
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Great album. She has a great voice and is backed by a fantastic group of musicians. Worth every cent! Fantastic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Curiously Restrained 16 July 2009
By Rick Cornell - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I want to love this c.d. I mean, how can you not a love a c.d. entitled "The Truth According to Ruthie Foster"? Moreover, this c.d. has Robben Ford on guitar and the Memphis Horns. And here, all these other reviewers have raved; and I'm in serious need of some "helpfuls" here, since Amazon won't count my friends' votes and all.

But, "the truth according to Rick Cornell" re. "The Truth According to Ruthie Foster" is this:

After several listens, I'm concerned about the restraint surrounding this c.d. How can this be? After listening to the c.d. several times, I conclude that it's not Ruthie Foster: it's the mixing and overdubbing. Ms. Foster's voice should have been sharp, front and center, and the sound should have been clear and loud. It's not. Ms. Foster can belt; and songs like "Truth!", "Joy on the Other Side" and "Thanks for the Joy" are really good r & b material. But I conclude that after listening to the c.d. and imagining what this c.d. would sound like with topflight engineering. Dammit, this day and age, I shouldn't have to work that hard!

I strongly suspect that Ruthie Foster can raise the roof. I'd love to hear her live, and have her confirm that. This c.d. should have filled that bill by itself, but it does not. RC
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Record Rocks! 4 Feb 2009
By John Schrader - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I love this record! I love the groove on "Stone Love" and her amazing
version of Patty Griffin's "When It Don't Come Easy." This is a perfect
combination of blues, gospel and soul music, and has become the best
album I've bought in a long time.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RUTHIE FOSTER IS THE TRUTH! 9 Feb 2009
By Sharon Jones - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I saw Ruthie Foster here in Atlanta for the first time a few months ago and she was PHENOMENAL!
I brought "The Truth According To Ruthie Foster" a few days ago and I can't stop playing it.
My favorite song is "When It Don't Come Easy" (you can hear the soulful truth in her voice).
I would highly recommend this album to anyone that loves real music
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the joy and thanks for Ruthie Foster 3 Feb 2009
By F. Benson - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I heard Ruthie Foster at BB Kings Club in NYC and bought her new cd afterwards. Wow! My personal favorite is I Really Love you. She rocked on this one during the show and it really comes through on the cd too. Truth and Joy. That's what she gives us. Thank you Ruthie!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Singing Backed by Great Musicians 4 Mar 2009
By Art and Music - Published on
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This is an excellent recording in every department: great songs, great singing, great backing musicians. The materials cover a range of related styles from gospel to soul to blues to R&B.

Ruthie's singing talents are considerable. She has a warm, appealing voice with good sustain, and precision control over tricky phrases. Her moderate use of terminal vibrato is tasteful, and there is plenty of soul in her approach. Her use of dynamics is also tasteful and quite accessible to the listener.

All the musicians here do a fine job providing backing for Ruthie Foster's superb voice. The songs have a "real music" feel to them, reminiscent of the old-school black styles that predate the disco era. This is the real stuff.

Robben Ford's guitar playing is simply beautiful, and he knows how to support rather than overwhelm. And the same can be said for all the musicians. This is simply an exceptional lineup of talent.

Listeners who enjoy any of the styles mentioned above can't go wrong with this CD. These are musicians who know what they're doing. The CD deserves the attention of all listeners who care about supporting good music.
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