Date:   5/12/2012

Ruthie Foster returns to Thrasher with a combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk & gospel

Multi-award winning artist Ruthie Foster will be making a return visit to the historic Thrasher Opera House in downtown Green Lake on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. 

Those who have followed Ruthie Foster's eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. When Grammy Award-winning producer John Chelew suggested she record an album in New Orleans - with support handpicked from the Crescent City's overflowing pool of talent - it was an opportunity for Ruthie to infuse fresh spices into her already rich sonic gumbo. The result is her latest release, Let It Burn (2012), a recording that smolders, sizzles and ignites with an intensity born from her vibrant voice and indelible presence.

Let It Burn expands musical boundaries. Released on the Blue Corn Music label, Let It Burn features the Blind Boys of Alabama, soul legend William Bell, and songs by Adele, Black Keys, Los Lobos, Johnny Cash, The Band, Pete Seeger, Crosby, Stills & Nash and more.

Ruthie's astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in New York City with a major-label development deal that went sour. After she moved back to Texas to care for her ailing mother, Foster took a break from singing professionally for a couple of years. When she resumed her music career in Austin, she became a regular nominee at the Austin Music Awards, winning Best Folk Artist in 2004-05 and Best Female Vocalist in 2007-08.

Broadening her sound by blending blues and soul aspects into her folk roots, Ruthie added a Grammy nomination to her list of achievements (2009's Best Contemporary Blues Album for The Truth According to Ruthie Foster). And, in a nod to her astounding range, she then won seemingly contradictory Blues Music Association awards for both Best Traditional and Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist in back-to-back years.

In addition to leading her own band and touring it around the world, Foster has also collaborated on stage and recordings with a diverse list of artists including Warren Haynes, Big Head Todd, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Bibb and Paul Thorn. She's a regular favorite at an equally diverse list of festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Monterey Blues Festival, Merlefest and the Kate Wolf Festival.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for this special evening of entertainment are $25 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium & Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N Save & Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton), by calling the office at 920. 294.4279, or online at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.

 

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