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Editors’ Notes

Let’s face it: most great country music is about losing love. Songs about loss and regret tend to be grittier, more potent, and more forceful than tracks about just any other topic. Radney Foster’s great trick is writing songs with all of those strengths, yet often they're about gaining love, not losing it. This World We Live In proves he's not only one of country music’s great romantics but one of its few optimists. The opening track is a drinking song of pure elation: “My brain is actually buzzing with the vertigo I'm feeling/Got nothin' to do with inebriation/That kiss that you just hammered me with, girl/Oh, it's a staggering revelation.” Far from being blind to the world's cruelties, Foster carefully observes the hurt we all endure and still concludes that love conquers all in “I Won’t Lie to You,” “The Kindness of Strangers," and “Big Idea.” His optimism gets its guts from the music, which is always tough and indomitable, even when he’s singing something tender. The album concludes with “Never Gonna Fly,” about the importance of taking chances. It wouldn’t mean as much if it weren't coming from the mouth of a still-thriving Nashville survivor like Radney Foster.

Customer Reviews


Raw, Honest and full of humanity. Simple and to the point, whether it is about the intoxication one gets from falling in love with the track "Drunk On Love" or the humility one finds falling from the arms of grace in the track "The Kindness of Strangers." This new independent cd may not have all the - let's smooth out all the lines and cracks - slickness of other hit country/americana/triple aaa records, but i promise you, Radney's voice, songs and the "to the point directness" of Darrell Brown's co production and Niko Bolas's engineering and mixing make up for it with grit, passion and honesty that is indeed a rare quality to find in music these days.

This World We Live In

I've been listening to Radney for years. His music is always good. His voice is smooth and blends well with the melody. I could go on and on but there is no need give him a try!

Once again Foster is the MAN!

I can't believe I dont hear this music on the radio! The radio listening public is missing out on a great artist, and some of the best country music to come out of Nashville in years. From the bluesy sound of "Half my mistakes" to the lovelorn ballad of "New zip code" this album hits the mark. I admit, I have been a fan for years, but this is real country music, the way is was meant to be heard. On a side note, I saw him in a small venue in Northern Calif a few years back and that was a treat as well.


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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