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Ruthie Foster may be regularly nominated for Best Blues Album GRAMMYs, but her music is an elusive mix of gospel, blues, and soul that’s most importantly about brightening the human spirit. No one would call the acoustic-based “Complicated Love” a blues song, but it clearly comes from a place of similar empathy. Foster requested Meshell Ndegeocello produce this fine album, and together they explore a number of approaches. Ndegeocello gathers her best musicians to form the perfect backing band, while deliberately pushing Foster’s vocals upfront. On bass, Ndegeocello locks in with drummer Ivan Edwards, while guitarist Chris Bruce (Sheryl Crow), keyboardist Jebin Bruni (Aimee Mann), and backing vocalist Nayanna Holley flesh out the sound. “Singing the Blues” recalls a laid-back Memphis groove that’s further mined on the William Bell collaboration “It Might Not Be Right.” Doyle Bramhall II guests on guitar for the blues-rocker “Let Me Know.” Singer Toshi Reagon joins Foster on the acoustic folk ballad “New.”

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To hear her new music !!

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Ruthie's soulful voice does not disappoint!

Foster at Her best

Promise of a Brand New Day is Ruthie at her best. You will find this album somewhat brighter than some of her previous fare. I give it four stars. If you like Ruthie Foster’s Memphis Blues sound, you will certainly find this new album to your liking.


Born: 1964 in Gause, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With a naturally expressive voice that has drawn comparisons to greats like Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald, Texas-based singer and songwriter Ruthie Foster has a wide palette of American song forms -- gospel and blues to jazz, folk, and soul -- and her live performances are powerfully transfiguring. Foster grew up in Gause, Texas, a small town in the Brazos Valley southeast of Dallas, and even as a child she was fascinated by music; she listened to everything she could, hearing and absorbing...
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