Radney Foster

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Radney Foster
Radney Foster SXSW 2006.jpg
Radney Foster at South by Southwest 2006.
Background information
Born (1959-07-20) July 20, 1959 (age 55)
Origin Del Rio, Texas, USA
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1986–present
Labels RCA, Effin El in Foster & Lloyd
Arista Nashville, Dualtone, Devil's River solo
Associated acts Foster & Lloyd
Website http://www.radneyfoster.com/

Radney Foster (born July 20, 1959, Del Rio, Texas, United States)[1] is an American country music singer-songwriter and music producer. Initially a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, Foster made his recording debut as part of the Foster & Lloyd duo, recording three studio albums and with nine singles on the country charts.

Foster began his solo career in 1992 and his album Del Rio, TX 1959 produced four consecutive Top 40 hits. However, his commercial success waned with the release subsequent albums such as Labor of Love (1995), See What You Want to See (1999), Are You Ready for the Big Show?, Another Way to Go (2002) and This World We Live In (2006). Overall, Foster has had thirteen songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Top Ten hits "Just Call Me Lonesome" (#10, 1992) and "Nobody Wins" (#2, 1993). His songs have been recorded by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Keith Urban and Jack Ingram.

Early life and education[edit]

Radney Foster was born July 20, 1959, in Del Rio, Texas, as the second of four children. His father was a lawyer who sang and played guitar[2] and by age 12, Foster began playing the guitar as well.[1]

After graduating high school, Foster attended University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he became a member of the Gamma Sigma chapter of Phi Gamma Delta. He dropped out in 1979 and at the advice of veteran songwriter Randy Goodrum,[3] moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a music career. Foster later returned to college and completed his degree, while performing at local venues in his spare time.[2]

Career[edit]

Foster moved to Nashville in 1985 and found work at MTM Publishing Company as a songwriter. There he met Bill Lloyd and they co-wrote the song "Since I Found You" which became a Top Ten hit for the Sweethearts of the Rodeo.[1] In 1986 Foster formed the duo Foster & Lloyd and they received a recording contract with RCA Records Nashville. Between 1986 and 1990, they recorded three studio albums and had nine singles on the country charts. The two parted ways in 1990 to pursue solo careers.[1][2] Later, in 1990, their song "Don't Go Out" was released by Tanya Tucker in 1990 as a duet with T. Graham Brown.[4]

1991 to 2000[edit]

Two years later Foster signed with Arista Records and released the album Del Rio, TX 1959 (named for Foster's place and year of birth).[2] The album produced two consecutive Top Ten hits: "Just Call Me Lonesome" and "Nobody Wins", which respectively reached No. 10 and No. 2 on the Billboard country charts. Two later singles, "Easier Said Than Done" and "Hammer and Nails", also reached Top 40, peaking at No. 20 and No. 34, respectively.

In 1994, Foster began work on his second album Never Say Die,[5] which was re-titled Labor of Love. After the title track, failed to make the Top 40, Arista delayed the album's release so that it would not compete with the compilation album Mama's Hungry Eyes: A Tribute to Merle Haggard, to which Foster had contributed the track "The Running Kind".[5] Steve Ripley of The Tractors remixed the following single "Willin' to Walk" and the album was released in April 1995.[5] Later that year, Foster contributed the song "Close Up the Honky Tonks" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country produced by the Red Hot Organization.[6]

Foster's third album was 1999's See What You Want to See, featuring a more pop-oriented sound and backing vocals from Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish. The album yielded the single "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)" which peaked at on No. 74 on the country charts and was recorded by the Dixie Chicks in 2003. Two of the album's cuts were later covered by Keith Urban, who released his renditions as singles: "Raining on Sunday" from Golden Road, and "I'm In" from Defying Gravity. The latter was also a single for The Kinleys, whose version Foster produced, in 2000.

2001 to present[edit]

In 2001, Foster signed to Dualtone Records[1] and released Are You Ready for the Big Show?, included the song "Texas in 1880", which Foster had originally recorded as a member of Foster & Lloyd. The new version featured Pat Green and peaked at No. 54 on the country charts. Foster's next album was 2002's Another Way to Go. One of its tracks, "A Real Fine Place to Start" (another collaboration with Ducas) became a No. 1 hit single for Sara Evans on her 2005 album Real Fine Place. Foster's released This World We Live In in 2006 but none of the songs made the country charts. In 2005, Foster released a website-only album titled And Then There's Me: The Back Porch Sessions containing 11 acoustic tracks. Foster produced two albums for the Randy Rogers Band: their 2006 album Just a Matter of Time and 2008's Randy Rogers Band.

Foster began his own music label called Devil's River. In September 2009 Foster released the album Revival under the band name "Radney Foster and the Confessions" and a feature length DVD documentary on the making of the album. The 90-minute film was co-produced by Foster and his wife.[7] Keith Urban recorded Foster's song "I'm In" for his 2009 album Defying Gravity and it became a No. 2 single.

In December 2010, Foster rejoined the Foster & Lloyd duo and they released the album "It's Already Tomorrow" in 2011.

Foster is the host of the music anthology series "Crossroads" on CMT.

Personal life[edit]

Foster moved to Nashville after graduating college and met his future wife, who was attending Vanderbilt University.[8] Shortly before the release of his album Labor of Love, Foster and his wife of twelve years separated and later filed for divorce.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country US Heat
Del Rio, TX 1959 46 11
Labor of Love
  • Release date: April 11, 1995
  • Label: Arista Nashville
61 36
See What You Want to See
  • Release date: May 18, 1999
  • Label: Arista Austin
Are You Ready for the Big Show?
Another Way to Go
  • Release date: September 10, 2002
  • Label: Dualtone Records
39
And Then There's Me
(The Back Porch Sessions)
  • Release date: 2005
  • Label: RadneyFoster.com
This World We Live In
  • Release date: April 4, 2006
  • Label: Dualtone Records
Revival
  • Release date: August 31, 2009
  • Label: Devil's River
51 26
The Chosen Few
(Limited 5 song EP/1,000 copies)
  • Release date: August 31, 2009
  • Label: Devil's River
Del Rio, TX Revisited:
Unplugged & Lonesome
  • Release date: August 14, 2012
  • Label: Devil's River
Everything I Should Have Said[9]
  • Release date: May 13, 2014
  • Label: Devil's River
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1990s singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[10]
CAN Country
1992 "Just Call Me Lonesome" 10 54 Del Rio, TX 1959
1993 "Nobody Wins" 2 7
"Easier Said Than Done" 20 28
"Hammer and Nails" 34 54
1994 "Closing Time" 59 70
"Labor of Love" 58 Labor of Love
"The Running Kind" 64 Mama's Hungry Eyes: A Tribute to Merle Haggard
1995 "Willin' to Walk" 54 92 Labor of Love
"If It Were Me" 59 89
1998 "I'm In" (with Abra Moore) See What You Want to See
1999 "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)" 74
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
[10]
2001 "Texas in 1880" (with Pat Green) 54 Are You Ready for the Big Show?
2002 "Everyday Angel" 43 Another Way to Go
2003 "Scary Old World"
(with Chely Wright or Georgia Middleman)
52
2005 "Half of My Mistakes" This World We Live In
2006 "Prove Me Right"
2009 "Revival" Revival
"Angel Flight"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1992 "Just Call Me Lonesome" Jim Shea
1993 "Nobody Wins" Sara Nichols
"Easier Said Than Done" Deaton Flanigen
1994 "Closing Time" Jim Shea
"Labor of Love"
"The Running Kind" Steve Boyle
1995 "Willin' to Walk" Jim Shea
2001 "Texas in 1880" (with Pat Green) David McClister
2002 "Everyday Angel" Jim Shea
2009 "Angel Flight" Darren Cameron
2012 "Louisiana Blue" Steve Boyle
2014 "Whose Heart You Wreck (Ode to the Muse)"
"California"[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Huey, Steve. "Radney Foster biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Radney Foster biography". Oldies.com. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  3. ^ Builta, David. "Del Rio Native Signs Contract With RCA." Del Rio News-Herald 22 Feb 1987: 11
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/tennessee-woman-mw0000204430
  5. ^ a b c d Mansfield, Brian (April 1995). "Willing to Walk: Radney Foster's Soul Searching Labor of Love". New Country 2 (5). ISSN 1086-1076. 
  6. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/red-hot-country-mw0000622534
  7. ^ "Radney Foster, BBR, Steve Wariner and JabbRRR : MusicRow – Nashville's Music Industry Publication – News, Songs From Music City". Musicrow.com. 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  8. ^ Builta, David. "Del Rioan Radney Foster Makes Good in Nashville." Del Rio News-Herald 8 Mar 1987: 3
  9. ^ Allers, Hannahlee (March 24, 2014). "Radney Foster to Release New Album". The Boot. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 149. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  11. ^ "CMT : Videos : Radney Foster : California". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 

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