Radney takes us
back 20 years and
revisits one of his
live and unplugged.
Radney will join close friend, Darius Rucker for the fourth annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert in Nashville, TN on Monday, June 3 at the Wildhorse Saloon, officially kicking off the CMA Music Festival week! All proceeds from this show will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Be sure to visit the Radney Foster Online Store and check out the new Spring colored t-shirts.
Just Call Me Lonesome shirts are now available in Jade (Men’s) or Caribbean Blue (Women’s).
They are available individually or in a CD bundle with an autographed copy of Del Rio, TX Revisited, Unplugged & Lonesome.
Be sure to order yours today!
If you were planning to attend Radney’s show on May 4th at Love and War in Texas (Plano), the date has been moved to June 29th. Hope to see you in June!
Radney performs “I’m In” with guest Kelly Willis at the benefit for St. Luke’s school in San Antonio.
Radney and two of his co-writers, Darden Smith and Jay Clementi have working together on a meaningful project that they are very proud of! Click here to read an amazing story of help and hope as they co-write with soldiers and help them to cope with PTSD.
Radney Foster, Jay Clementi, Darden Smith / Photo by Sean Mathis
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.”
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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!
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.
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.
I wrote this song with author Alice Randall. We based it on a real life character, whose name was Nat Love. He was born a slave and became a buffalo soldier with the 10th Cavalry out of Ft Clark, TX near my home town. After the war was over, Love joined Buffalo Bill’s Western Show, along with Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull. Alice and I are both cowboy history buffs, and we wrote this from the perspective of one of his running buddies.
This was the last song we cut for the Unplugged sessions, and Brady Black from the Randy Rogers Band came in to lend his style. I thought it was the perfect way to end the album.
Hear the full version here:
Del Rio, TX: Unplugged and Lonesome is out now! Order here.