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Editors’ Notes

Though he started his career in Nashville, Radney Foster’s music has always been more aligned with the scene in Austin, Texas. It makes sense that the singer/songwriter’s first live album comes from the inside of Austin's Continental Club. Recorded on Sept. 21st and 22nd of 2000, it starts with a classic introduction courtesy of Charlie Miller, the legendary shoeshine man who was a fixture outside the club for decades: “Nawyoo riddy fadda Big Show?” The ensuing set captures all the joy and sweat of a great night in Austin, though—to Foster’s credit—he finds a way to keep the music light on its feet where other artists might bear down too hard. A subtle bounciness runs through every track, suggesting that all these tunes are dance songs (even the ones that move too slow to dance to). Among the highlights are “Tonight,” “Just Call Me Lonesome,” “Went for a Ride,” “Folding Money," and the beautiful “How You Play the Hand.” By the time Foster closes with a wholeheartedly sweet version of the love song “I’m In,” you’ll be picturing Charlie Miller waltzing with the prettiest girl in the room.

Customer Reviews

One of the best ever!

For some reason there are no reviews of this cd yet...notice I say yet. I was introduced to this cd by a friend and I am a true believer. This guy has a way with words and melodies. This is one of the best cd's I have ever owned. There is such depth and emotion in this entire cd. I played this cd for about a year and recently had a good friend pass away. I will just say that I have listened to this cd alot more since then. There is so much feeling and emotion in this cd. He is truly a great musician. Keep doing what you are doing Radney.

Nashville ought to be ashamed....

that Radney Foster is not a household name. Another indictment of the hit makers in Nashville and the collusion of program directors in country music. This guy just writes great songs and performs them with incredible talent and soul. I bought this particular CD about 5 years ago and it still sounds as fresh as the day I first heard it and one of my favorite CD's (and I have over 600). Highlights for me are "Went For A Ride" which will give you goosebumps (listen to the intro), "I'm In" and a great version of "Nobody Wins".

Awesome Texas Alt-Country

Radney Foster is certainly one of the masters of the alt-country scene, and he shines in "Are You Ready for the Big Show?" Foster certainly makes country enjoyable to listen to again.


Born: July 20, 1959 in Del Rio, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Radney Foster started his career as a songwriter, then found commercial success and critical acclaim as part of the duo Foster & Lloyd, and finally embarked on a solo career in 1991 that centered on his literate approach to country songwriting. Foster was born in Del Rio, TX, and took up the guitar at age 12. He began performing small-club gigs while attending the University of the South, a liberal arts college in Sewanee, TN, and took leave from school to try his luck in Nashville. In 1985, he signed...
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