Ruthie Foster (from the album Joy Comes Back)
Ruthie Foster lets her recent album release, Joy Comes Back, be a testament to her prowess. She leads with her music, never with her resume, though she easily could. Ruthie has made herself an integral part of the Austin, Texas music scene, the type of artist that the city full of musical talent uses as part of its own resume when building credibility to the outside world. Ruthie Foster has received three Grammy nominations in the Blues category, and kudos from the Blues Music Awards, acquiring six Female Artist of the year trophies as well as the Koko Taylor Blues Music Award. She has duetted with Bonnie Raitt, and shared stages with the Allman Brothers Band as well as Tesdeschi-Trucks Band. Joy Comes Back collects its tracks from Chris Stapleton (“What Are You Listening To?”), Black Sabbath (“War Pigs”), Mississippi John Hurt (“Richland Woman Blues”), and Grace Pettis (“Working Woman”), who lends guitars and background vocals to a few album cuts.
The recording for the album stayed close to home with Ruthie Foster going to Daniel Barrett for production chores, and choosing his Rubicon Studios to capture the tunes. Ruthie Foster has a little bit of magic in her voice as she takes the multiple formats of Blues, Folk, Country, Rock, Gospel, and blends them all into her own brand. Friends stop by to lend a hand as Joe Vitale (Eagles, CSN) sits behind the drums for Ruthie’s self-penned song on the album, “Open Sky” joined by Willie Weeks (David Bowie, George Harrison) coming in for the recording of the cut on bass. Derek Trucks is featured on the title track, and Eric Holden on bass on “Forgiven”. Joy Comes Back lets in a sea breeze in the sway of rhythm and storm-flash guitar riffs of “Good Sailor” as Ruthie Foster tenderly tells the tale of “Abraham”, and puts salvation into the church feel and choir harmonies of The Four Tops hit/Stevie Wonder penned tune “Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever”.