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August 4, 2019 , 7:00 pm EDT
SKIP AND MARILYN ROSSKAM
DIANE ARNOLD AND DEAN GOODERMOTE
The Ruthie Foster Quintet
Ruthie Foster – vocals and guitar
Scottie Miller – keys
Larry Fulcher – bass
Brannen Temple – drums
Hadden Sayers – guitar
Ruthie Foster is a 3-time Grammy nominated artist and a Texas Music Hall of Fame inductee. She has won the Koko Taylor award for the Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year multiple times.
In the tight-knit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t. If you do, word gets around. Praises are sung. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi.
There’s only one Austinite with that résumé: Ruthie Foster.
The small rural town of Gause, TX had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse known as Ruthie Foster to itself. Described by Rolling Stone as “pure magic to watch and hear,” her vocal talent was elevated in worship services at her community church. Drawing influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Ruthie developed a unique sound unable to be contained within a single genre.
Ruthie solidified her place as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter and began a musical partnership with Blue Corn Music. When she recorded her latest album, Joy Comes Back (her sixth studio album on Blue Corn), Foster wasn’t merely singing about love and loss; she was splitting a household and custody of her 5-year-old daughter. Music was her therapy.
In the warm confines of Austin producer and former neighbor Daniel Barrett’s studio, she found a comfort level she’d never before experienced while recording. It gave her the strength to pour the heartache of her family’s fracture and the cautious hope of a new love into 10 tracks, nine of which are by a diverse array of writers ranging from Mississippi John Hurt to Chris Stapleton to Black Sabbath. Yes, Black Sabbath: Foster reimagines “War Pigs” as a jam session with Son House. She also covers the Four Tops’ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever,” written by Ivy Jo Hunter and Stevie Wonder. Every note on Joy Comes Back confirms this truth: It’s Ruthie’s time.
NEW THIS YEAR: Please be advised that the gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnics and socializing.
TICKET PRICES – Advance sales prices are available ONLY until 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 3.
Advance: Adults (18 & up) – $30; Children (6-17) – $10; Under 5 – Free
Gate: Adults (18 & up) – $35; Children (6-17) – $10; Under 5 – Free
Co-Presenter: Pall Spera Company Realtors; W. Clinton & Kathy Rasberry
Technical sponsor: KneeBinding, Inc.
Hospitality sponsors: Trapp Family Lodge; Sun & Ski Inn and Suites
Media sponsors: Radio Vermont; Stowe Reporter
Additional support: Vermont Tent Company