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Anyone who thinks there’s no life after Nashville stardom should check out Radney Foster’s superbly crafted and lyrically incisive Everything I Should Have Said. On his first new album in five years, this veteran singer/songwriter’s latest work doesn’t skimp on hooks even as it offers hard-earned wisdom with a pinch of humor. With partner Bill Lloyd and on his own, Foster has always been gifted at reworking classic country motifs into something immediate and personal. Recorded in a former brothel deep in the Louisiana bayou, Everything… touches on a range of life experiences in ways that are both contemporary and timeless. “Hard Light of Day,” “California,” and “Talk Myself Out of Falling” are steeped in bittersweet romance and delivered with a Southwestern melodic tinge. “Mine Until the Morning” (a duet with Patty Griffin) is an especially poignant vignette of fleeting love. “Whose Heart You Wreck (Ode to the Muse)” considers the fickle nature of inspiration, while “Not in My House” speaks loudly against bigotry and “Unh, Unh, Unh” gets playfully sexy in tandem with singer Sarah Buxton.

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Radney at his best -

The title track from Everything I Should Have Said is a flat-out stunner. In it I hear a narrative thread that started in1999’s I’ve Got a Picture and carried on through songs like 2002’s Tired of Pretending, and 2009’s Forgiveness. But taking it to a place of such open-hearted honesty, with a lush arrangement, that time-burnished voice, and an aching, swaying melody like a bittersweet slow-dance – well, it’s been a long time since a song stopped me in my tracks like that.

The whole album is smart and sexy and rollicking and romantic and fresh and organic and rich and full of surprises. I’m not sure how Texans are going to feel about our Rad writing something called California, but with beautifully crafted lyrics like “Made ancient Spaniards sail, Made Guthrie ride the rails” and a tune that’s the best kind of ear-worm, it’s a love song that may make Golden-Staters adopt him.

And what a great bit of lagniappe to hear Patty Griffin on the lovely Darden Smith co-write Mine Until Morning. I was puzzled by the wistful piano and pedal steel arrangement until I suddenly heard echoes of the sweetly tragic country duets of my youth.

The last few years spent revisiting Del Rio and Foster & Lloyd seem to have brought Radney back to that alchemist’s balance of joyful pop, rock, country, you-name-it that he does so well, but this time with the kind of comfortable-in-your-own-skin wisdom that only comes with age. It’s a good thing he went to Louisiana to record it, because ain’t no other place that can handle this kind of satisfying musical gumbo.


I didn't know it could get any better than the first time I heard 'I'm in,' it has been done. Every song touches my heart.

Everything Thing I Should Have Said

What an amazing collection of songs. The whole album is worthy of greatness. Once again Radney locks up my iPod selections !


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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