Two months after Hurricane Isaac devastated Louisiana, Radney Foster has teamed up with The American Red Cross to help victims of the natural disaster. Proceeds from the iTunes sales of his video, “Louisiana Blue,” will go to help those in need. The song features Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks on fiddle. Download and donate HERE.
“I send this out as a prayer to all of our friends and family in Louisiana who’ve recently been hit by Hurricane Isaac,” Radney said. “Our hearts are with you.”
The beautiful cinematography of Venice, Louisiana in “Louisiana Blue” was shot 28 days before the hurricane by award-winning music video director Steve Boyle, who first worked with Radney when he directed Foster & Lloyd’s music video “Texas In 1880” in 1988. Steve has directed five Foster & Lloyd music videos – including their reunion video “It’s Already Tomorrow” (2011) – and has over thirty awards for his work in music television.
We are proud to announce Radney’s “Home for the Holidays” concerts in Del Rio, Texas. They will take place at the 12/6 @ Doc Holiday’s and 12/7 @ the Paul Poag Theatre at 7:30. All proceeds will go to benefit the St. James Episcopal School. Tickets are on sale now – Click here to purchase!
Radney Foster played all of the new "Del Rio, Texas Revisited: Unplugged & Lonesome" CD. (Jason Janik/Special Contributor)
Radney Foster is one of the finest singer-songwriters to emerge from Texas’ rich country music landscape. Since 1987, when the Del Rio native recorded the debut Foster & Lloyd album with duet partner Bill Lloyd, we’ve been enjoying Foster-penned gems. These are songs that straddle country, pop and rock, brim with melodies so indelible and seamless you almost forget they’re there, and sport resonant lyrics that speak the truth.
Foster, accompanied by guitarist and mandolin picker Glen Mitchell and fiddle player Jessica Rae, delivered 18 of those memorable songs Friday night before an appreciative crowd at Poor David’s Pub. The show, opened by a 45-minute set from Greg Schroeder, was refreshingly acoustic and slightly folk and bluegrass flavored. It served as a celebration of Del Rio, Texas Revisited: Unplugged & Lonesome, Foster’s new rerecording of his masterful 1992 solo debut Del Rio, TX 1959.
The trio performed all of Unplugged & Lonesome in sequential order, including the poignant new song added to the disc, “Me and John R.” The original Del Rio, TX 1959 remains Foster’s artistic calling card. It yielded three mainstream country radio hits, and to this day is his most sought-after recording.
Radney Foster’s songs are compelling and cathartic. (Jason Janik/Special Contributor )
Stripping down those great songs was an ingenious move. Nothing was lost in the process. On the contrary, it took the tracks back to their core. “Just Call Me Lonesome” and “Nobody Wins,” the best known Del Rio numbers, sparkled with tight harmonies and top-notch musicianship. That’s especially true of the melancholy ballad “Easier Said Than Done,” which was simply stunning. Rae’s mournful fiddle defined the mood. Gorgeous.
One more Del Rio cut deserves mention – the country weeper “Closing Time.” That song uses the image of a liquor-filled honky-tonk as a reflective metaphor for a man trying to erase the sadness of a broken home. It is classic country balladry as its best.
The rest of the nearly two hour concert traveled through Foster’s See What You Want to See, This World We Live In and Revival albums. He also sneaked in a couple of super cool Foster & Lloyd tunes – the soaring “Texas In 1880″ and the way-hip “Crazy Over You.”
“I’m In” and “Raining on Sunday,” both from 1998′s See What You Want to See and both songs that million-selling country singer Keith Urban turned into big radio hits, leaped off the stage for me. The former featured plenty of vocal interplay with Rae, while the latter was bathed in harmonious instrumentation. Foster is a master at dissecting amorous relationships. He does that in spades on “I’m In” and “Raining on Sunday.”
With few exceptions everything from Foster’s creative arsenal has proven that country songs are indeed compelling and cathartic vignettes of everyday human emotions. He is truly one of the finest country singer-songwriters from the Lone Star state.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Houston date at the Dosey Doe this Thursday (8/30) has been RESCHEDULED for December 29. Tickets will be honored for the new date, or refunds will be given at point of purchase.
Last August Foster & Lloyd performed on NPR’s Mountain Stage – we wanted to let you know the episode is scheduled for rebroadcast on Friday, June 15th. Air-times vary by station. Visit Mountain Stage for a complete list.
The following week it will be posted at NPR and archived for continued access. Please share with all your F & L friends.