J. D. Foster
JD Foster in Ithaca NY 2013
|Born||August 7, 1953|
Indiana, United States
|Genres||Rock, alternative country|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Bass, guitar, bass clarinet|
|Associated acts||Calexico, Marc Ribot, Richard Buckner, Anna Coogan, Dwight Yoakam, Patty Griffin, 17 Hippies|
JD Foster is an American record producer, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter.
Producer, performer and recording artist
JD Foster has produced albums and songs for a wide variety of artists and contributed as a bassist and multi-instrumentalist on many alternative, rock, and country albums. His list of collaborations includes Marc Ribot, Patty Griffin, Calexico, Ronnie Lane, Richard Buckner, Lucinda Williams, Vinicio Capossela, Anna Coogan, 17 Hippies, Il Pan Del Diavolo, Eszter Balint and many more. As well as being a producer, JD Foster is also a songwriter, musician, and recording artist.
From Florida to L.A.
He started his career in Central Florida, playing bass with numerous Orlando, Gainesville, and Saint Augustine musicians. Foster lived in Los Angeles throughout most of the 1980s playing with Dwight Yoakam, Jim Lauderdale, Rosie Flores, Pete Anderson and many other country artists. He started his major label recording career as bassist in L.A. with Dwight Yoakam in 1986. His work with Yoakam earned 3 platinum albums, saw tours all across America and Europe, as well as appearances on Austin City Limits, Solid Gold, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Grammys, and various music videos.
During these years Foster also appeared "sidelining" in several TV shows and feature films. In this capacity he worked with artists including: T. G. Sheppard, Ben Vereen, Janie Fricke, Robert Blake, Drew Barrymore, and Maddona in the film Vision Quest.
Foster relocated to Austin Texas in 1988. There he joined The True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo. He also worked with Escovedo & Jon Dee Graham in the Make Believers. Foster played with Ronnie Lane in his Texas version of Slim Chance and appeared in Rupert Williams' documentary The Passing Show: The Life and Music of Ronnie Lane (2006) where he is interviewed about this association  During his Austin tenure Foster also started a band with Danny Barnes and Rich Brotherton, The Barnburners, releasing one recording. He and Brotherton also played regularly with songwriter David Halley.Foster & Halley also performed together in different productions of Bad Girls Upset By the Truth the musical play by Jo Carol Pierce.During this time he worked on recordings with The Silos and tour dates with Lucinda Williams among many others.
Foster moved to New York City in 1991 and began working with artists in the improvisational scene and has worked closely with Marc Ribot on many projects through the years. He toured the US, Europe, and Japan with Ribot's noise combo Shrek appearing at events such as the Saalfelden Jazz Festival. Foster again toured Europe and Japan with Green on Red in the early 1990s. They performed on European television, at major venues and rock festivals, including the London Fleadh, Glastonbury Festival, and Roskilde Festival. In 2004–2005 Foster toured and recorded with Patty Griffin joining her on the "Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue" tour alongside Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch, and David Rawlings. He also performed with Griffin on Austin City Limits and Late Night with David Letterman. Foster worked on Laura Cantrells 2005 release before he joined Calexico in the following year. 2006 he produced the Calexico album Garden Ruin. On this album his choices for production were "very adventurous in details - using unusual percussion, or wanting to bring in instruments like banjo ukuleles, bass melodica, electric mandolin, and tenor guitar."
In the autumn of 2013 Foster worked with the Ithaca based songwriter Anna Coogan, to record a co-written collection of songs for a new album. Foster produced Coogan's first solo album The Nocturnal Among Us in 2009. The duo performed dates in Germany, Netherlands, London, and NYC in 2014. They were joined by drummer Brian Wilson aka Willie B. (Johnny Dowd) on several dates. In October 2014 Foster and Coogan released their album "Birth of the Stars" on Elevate Records.
Other international collaborations
In recent years Foster has been working extensively with Italian musicians and is strongly associated with the up-and-coming "Palermo Sound." A recent Italian record review states: "Tra l'altro Storia Di Una Corsa denota chiaramente un sound moderno ma non per questo in linea con quello prevedibile e gettonato dai progetti musicali più pacchiani e quotati del momento. Determinanti, in tal senso, sono stati i gusti, le scelte, di chi questo disco l'ha prodotto a livello artistico senza tralasciare alcunché: JD Foster, appunto. "
Foster won the Austin Chronicle Music Awards for Producer & Bassist of the year 1989–90
Describing his role as a producer, Foster says:
- "I try to speak the same language as the artist. When you're chasing down the overall vibe of a recording, you know, the arrangement, instrumentation, tempo, sound, feel...probably the biggest factor is communication. It's exciting to figure out with the artist and engineer the direct technical way to record the sounds they're hearing in their head. " (2003)
The Australian Songwriter Simon Bonney said about Foster in an interview from 1993 :
- "J.D. was my tour guide (...). J.D. has a country background, but not exclusively, and he can contribute many other ideas as well. If I'd shown these songs to a purely traditional country musician, that person wouldn't have got it."
Joey Burns (Calexico):
- "JD is wonderful. Great to work, hang, listen, talk, go out and be with. He has a lot of experience and at the same time loves the sense of discovery that music can be. He knows how to breathe and reassure people of just how much a gift this whole ball of wax is."
- "A Town South of Bakersfield" Various Artists 1986
- "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc." Dwight Yoakam Reprise Records, 1986
- "Hillbilly Deluxe" Dwight Yoakam Reprise Records, 1987
- "Y Los Cubanos Postizos" Marc Ribot Atlantic Records,1998
- "¡Muy Divertido!" Marc Ribot Atlantic Records, 2000
- "Saints" Marc Ribot Atlantic Records, 2001
- "Silent Movies" Marc Ribot PI Records, 2010
- "Garden Ruin" Calexico Quarterstick, 2006
- "Da Solo" Vinicio Capossela WEA Records, 2008
- "Rebetiko Gymnastas" Vinicio Capossela, 2012
- "Birth of the Stars" Anna Coogan & JD Foster Elevate, 2014
- "Impossible Dream" Patty Griffin ATO, 2004
- "Children Running Through" Patty Griffin ATO, 2007
- "Devotion + Doubt" Richard Buckner MCA Records, 1997
- "Since" Richard Buckner MCA Records, 1998
- "The Hill" Richard Buckner Six Shooter Records, 2000
- "Meadow " Richard Buckner Merge Records, 2006
- "Humming by the Flowered Vine" Laura Cantrell Matador, 2005
- " Post To Wire" Richmond Fontaine,2004
- "The Fitzgerald" Richmond Fontaine, 2005
- "Thirteen Cities " Richmond Fontaine, 2007
- "We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River" Richmond Fontaine, 2009
- "Sono all'osso" Il Pan del Diavolo La Tempesta, 2010
- "Piombo, polvere e carbone" Il Pan del Diavolo La Tempesta 2012
- "Can O'Worms" Dan Stuart Monkey Hill Records, 1995
- "Marlowe's Revenge" Dan Stuart Fluff and Gravy Records, 2016
- ""Cast Iron Soul", Danny & Dusty, 2007
- "Too Much Fun" Green on Red Off Beat, 1992
- "Flicker " Eszter Balint
- " Mud" Eszter Balint
- "Airless Midnight" Eszter Balint
- "100 Questions" The Schramms
- "Love Of The Amateur" The Slummers Blue Rose Records, 2010
- "Rooms" Fabrizio Cammarata
- "Surprise" Syd Straw Virgin Records, 1989
- "Thunderbird" Cassandra Wilson producer of the track " Lost"
- "Please Panic" The Vulgar Boatmen 1992
- "Opposite Sex" The Vulgar Boatmen 1995
- "Live in Austin" Ronnie Lane 2000
- "Horseshoes and Hand Grenades" Chris Mars Smash Records, 1992
- "75% Less Fat" Chris Mars Smash Records, 1993
- "A Month of Somedays" David Halley 2016
- Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.
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- on YouTube
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- *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKzBEhfCkYo Video with Anna Coogan
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- "POP MUSIC; Country With a Touch of Tasmania – New York Times". nytimes.com. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
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