Rick Foster

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Rick Foster is a guitarist and arranger who lives in the Days Creek, Oregon area, who plays classical and popular music, but who is most closely associated with Christian music.[1]


Foster began playing Hawaiian guitar when he was 11 years old. By age 14, he was playing electric guitar in a surf-rock band. At eighteen years of age, he was teaching guitar. When he was unable to find arrangements for guitar of his favorite hymns, he decided to create a repertoire.[2]

Playing in classical style, but with country flavoring,[3] he has recorded several albums, appearing on Bread & Honey Records,[1] Chapel Records and Edensong Records. He has been nominated for a Dove Award by the Gospel Music Association.,[4]

His arrangements have been featured by Chet Atkins[5] and Christopher Parkening.[6]

His guitar arrangements of hymns are published by Rick Foster Edensong, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and Mel Bay Publications.[5]


  • Favorite Hymns for Classic Guitar (Bread & Honey 102)(Also "Hymns for Classic Guitar")(Edensong 602)
  • More Hymns for Classic Guitar (Bread & Honey 118)(Edensong 618)
  • Inspirational Guitar at Its Best (Chapel/Bridge 2327)(Bread & Honey 325)(Also 2 in 1 "Inspirational Guitar at Its Best" and "Sacred Classic Guitar")(Edensong 616)
  • Sacred Classic Guitar (Edensong 609)(Also 2 in 1 "Inspirational Guitar at Its Best" and "Sacred Classic Guitar")(Edensong 616)
  • Season of Joy (Edensong 600) (Moody Monthly Instrumental Album of the Year)[5]
  • Sacred Duos for Guitar and Violin (Edensong ESCD 605)
  • "Eternal Guitar" (Edensong ESCD 612)
  • "Best of Rick Foster—Close to Heaven" (Edensong ESCD 614)
  • "Rick Foster's Remembrance of Chet Atkins and his guitars" (Edensong ESCD 624)
  • "Faith is the Reason" (Edensong ESCD 620)


  1. ^ a b Baker, Paul, “Gospel Music - Bridging the Secular Waters: Contemporary Beat” Billboard, September 27, 1980 page G-29.
  2. ^ Davie, Margaret News Journal (Daytona Beach, FL), "Innovator interprets sacred music for guitar", Mar 16, 1996, page 51.
  3. ^ "Guitar & Lute". Guitar & Lute (Galliard Press) (20): 27. 1982. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Orlando Sentinel, February 2, 1996, page 4.
  5. ^ a b c "Guitarist Rick Foster to play April 11". (Yavapai County, AZ) Daily Courier. April 7, 1995. p. 5B. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rick Foster Sacred Classic Guitar". Frets (GPI Publications) 11 (1–8): 70. 1989. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 

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