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Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd joined forces to release three albums together in the late '80s, before Foster embarked on his own successful solo career. Their sound borrows equally from the neo-traditionalism of Dwight Yoakam, the gritty roots rock of Steve Earle, and the jangly pop of R.E.M. “Crazy Over You” was the duo's biggest hit, a cute song that Elvis might have sung back in his RCA prime. Foster & Lloyd could spark up cracking honky-tonk tunes like “Fast and Louder” and “Is It Love?,” but they didn't conjure the big-spur machismo of Garth Brooks or Alan Jackson. Instead, they excelled at the sort of brooding, sensitive country songs that might well have appealed to fans of early R.E.M.: “Don’t Go Out with Him,” “Sure Thing," “Before the Heartache Rolls In,” and “White Train” would be right at home on Document or Lifes Rich Pageant. In the end, Foster & Lloyd probably didn’t have enough of an image to stick in Nashville, but they had the songwriting chops, and that’s what makes The Essential Foster & Lloyd relevant long after many of their former peers have dropped off the map.

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A Jewel Tucked Away in iTunes Attic.....

A Jewel Tucked Away in iTunes Attic..... I first became aware of this group in 2009 when I was playing a soundtrack to the Switch Back movie, that I had picked up from a clearance rack. The song in that soundtrack was "Texas in 1880". Being somewhat of a country connesieur, I wondered who in the heck are those guys? Kind of like Sundance in the Hole in the Gang movie. So, I came to iTunes and did a search and found this little jewel of an album. I guess these guys only lasted 3 albums together before splitting up, but these are some very good tunes. With the two together, they have a very peppy style that appeals to me. And.. for you dancers out there, most are really peppy two-steps!!

Great Country Duo

I first saw Foster and LLoyd when they opened for Steve Wariner in 1988. I bought all their albums and this compilation contains the best from each. The tunes still sound as fresh today as they did then. F&L have a unique sound that will have your foot tapping, and you will crave more.

Good songs

My personal favorite off this greatest hits has to be "don't go out with him". Heard these guys when my dad was playin country while I was driving with him. I decided to buy some songs and leave a comment


Formed: 1987 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

Foster & Lloyd stood out from the contemporary country pack in the late '80s thanks to Radney Foster's intelligent, literate lyrics; Bill Lloyd's flair for memorable pop melodies; and the duo's Everly Brothers-style close harmony singing. It was an influential mix that, in its own way, helped pave the way for country's crossover success of the '90s. Foster & Lloyd met in 1985 while working as staff songwriters for the MTM publishing firm. Foster had grown up in Del Rio, Texas, and attended the University...
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