Ruthie Foster

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Ruthie Foster
Foster performing at The Living Room in New York City; January 24, 2007
Background information
Origin Gause, Texas, United States
Genres Blues, folk, gospel blues
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1997-present
Labels Blue Corn Music, M.O.D. Records
Associated acts The Blind Boys of Alabama, Warren Haynes Band
Website Ruthie

Ruthie Foster is an American singer-songwriter of blues and folk music. Foster was 48 years old in May 2012.[1]

Foster is from Gause, Texas and comes from a family of gospel singers. She studied music at McLennan Community College and then worked in the US Navy, where she started performing. Her debut was released in 1997 and she has performed in North America, Europe and Australia.[2] She has often been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin.[3]

In June 2009, Foster toured with The Blind Boys of Alabama. In December 2009 her CD, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. In May 2010, at the Blues Music Awards, Foster was announced as Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year.[4] She was a featured artist at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia in 2011.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Foster won the 2013 Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)[5] and again in 2015.[6]
  • Foster scored the award for Best Female Vocalist at the 2013 Austin Music Awards[7]
  • Grammy Awards 2013 - Let It Burn nominated for 'Best Blues Album'[8]
  • 2012 Blues Music Awards[9]
    • Winner: Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
    • Winner: DVD of the Year for Live at Antone's
    • Nominee: B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
  • 2011 Blues Music Award Winner - Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year[10]
  • 2011 Living Blues Award Nominee - Blues Artist of the Year (Female)[11]
  • 2010 Living Blues Critics' Poll Winner - Blues Artist of the Year (Female)[11]
  • 2010 Blues Music Award Winner - Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year[11]
  • 2009 Blues Music Award Nominee - Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year[11]
  • 2008 Blues Music Award Nominee - Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year[11]
  • 2016 Blues Music Awards Winner - Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year[12]


  • The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster was produced by Papa Mali[13]
  • The Truth According To Ruthie Foster was produced by Grammy-winning producer Chris Goldsmith[14]
  • The Truth According To Ruthie Foster and Let It Burn were nominated for Grammy Awards.[15]
  • She has toured with Warren Haynes and also appears on his album, Man In Motion (2011).[16]
  • Let It Burn featured special guests The Blind Boys of Alabama, William Bell and the rhythm section of The Funky Meters and was produced by Grammy Award winner John Chelew[17]
  • She was featured as a special guest on House of Blues and Elwood Blues's radio show, The BluesMobile (February 2013)[18]
  • Performed at the Texas State Society of Washington D.C.'s Presidential Inauguration Ball (January 2013)[19]
  • She was featured in Austin Live: Tick Tock, a video short produced by the City of Austin (November 2012)[20]
  • Foster performed with the Allman Brothers Band in 2012, at their annual Beacon Theatre run in New York City. She sang on four songs, including a cover version of "The Weight," on which she traded verses with Susan Tedeschi.[21]


  • Foster, Ruthie (2014). Promise of a Brand New Day : Blue Corn Music[22]
  • Foster, Ruthie (2012). Let It Burn : Blue Corn Music[23]
  • Foster, Ruthie (2011). Live At Antones : Blue Corn Music (CD and DVD)
  • Foster, Ruthie (2009). The Truth According to Ruthie Foster. Tex.: Blue Corn Music. [24][25]
  • Foster, Ruthie (2007). The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster. Tex.: Blue Corn Music. [26][27]
  • Foster, Ruthie (2004). Stages. Tex.: Blue Corn Music. [28]
  • Foster, Ruthie (2002). Runaway Soul. Tex.: Blue Corn Music. [29]
  • Foster, Ruthie (1999). Crossover. Tex.: Full Circle Productions. 
  • Foster, Ruthie (1997). Full Circle. Tex.: M.O.D. Records. 


  1. ^ "The Many Lives of Jazz Musician Ruthie Foster". The Charleston Gazette. Retrieved 13 June 2013. In her 48 years, blues singer Ruthie Foster has lived a couple of different lives. 
  2. ^ Northover, Kylie (February 29, 2008). "Folk's soul parent". The Age (Australia). Retrieved 2008-06-17. [dead link]
  3. ^ MCKENNA, DAVE (February 19, 2009). "Live Last Night: Ruthie Foster, Robben Ford, Jorma Kaukonen". Washington Post. |
  4. ^ "The Blues Foundation, Past Blues Music Awards". The Blues Foundation. May 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  5. ^ Marshall, Matt (March 9, 2013). "2013 Blues Music Awards WINNERS". American Blues Scene. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2015 Blues Music Awards Winners". Retrieved 2015-05-18. 
  7. ^ "Austin Music Awards". Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  8. ^ Mongillo, Peter (December 10, 2012). "Austin artists get some Grammy love". Statesman. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ White, Jim (May 11, 2012). "2012 Blues Music Award winners". Community Voices. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ Marshall, Matt (May 6, 2011). "2011 Blues Music Awards Winners". American Blues Scene. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Rosebud Agency: Ruthie Foster". 
  12. ^ "2016 Blues Music Awards Winner List". Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  13. ^ "Ruthie Foster : The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster : CD Baby Music Store". CD Baby. Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  14. ^ "Ruthie Foster" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  15. ^ Hildebrand, Lee (May 5, 2013). "Ruthie Foster performs in Bay Area - San Francisco". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  16. ^ Budnik, Dean (June 22, 2012). "Warren Haynes: Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag". Relix. 
  17. ^ Skanse, Richard. "Fire in the Soul: Ruthie Foster continues her artistic hot streak with Let it Burn". Lone Star Music. 
  18. ^ "Ruthie Foster Aim For the Hear". Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  19. ^ "Official BTB Program" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  20. ^ "Austin Live: Tick Tock". Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  21. ^ "The Weight - The Allman Brothers Feat. Ruthie Foster and Susan Tedeschi". YouTube. March 26, 2013. 
  22. ^ Hal Horowitz (2014-08-21). "Ruthie Foster: Promise Of A Brand New Day". Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  23. ^ Bman (2011-11-15). "Bman's Blues Report: Blue Corn Music artist Ruthie Foster New Release - Let It Burn - Review". Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  24. ^ Silver, Marc (May 28, 2009). "Ruthie Foster (Quietly) Tells The Truth". NPR. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  25. ^ Capobianco, Ken (February 23, 2009). "Ruthie Foster, 'The Truth According to Ruthie Foster'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  26. ^ "Ruthie Foster Aims for 'Phenomenal'-ness". NPR. April 25, 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  27. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (March 30, 2007). "RUTHIE FOSTER "The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster" Blue Corn". The Washington Post. pp. WE09. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  28. ^ Caligiuri, Jim (July 23, 2004). "Ruthie Foster: Stages (Blue Corn)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  29. ^ Barr, Greg (August 22, 2002). "Ruthie Foster: Runaway Soul (Blue Corn Music)". Houston Press Music (Village Voice Media). Retrieved 2009-06-17. 

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