Radney Foster Announces CD + Book “For You To See the Stars”

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Today, legendary artist Radney Foster announces his newest project–a CD/book combo titled For You To See The Stars to be released on September 15. The collection of short stories, released via Working Title Farm, will be Foster’s very first print publication. The record (Devil’s River Records) marks Foster’s eleventh studio album and will feature nine new songs, along with a special re-recording of his top single, “Raining on Sunday.” While it’s evident that Texas has always been an inspiration for his music, in For You To See The Stars, Foster explores various landscapes, both physical and emotional, from the story of a retired spy in New Orleans, to the tale of a Dallas lawyer wandering the Rocky Mountains in search of redemption, to a post apocalyptic parable of a world in endless war. The beauty of this CD/book combo lives within Foster’s extensive imagery, which not only further expands the meaning behind Foster’s songs, but gives the reader a look at the thought process behind his songwriting. “For me, the goal of writing is always to touch that one person so much that they wonder how I got a peek into their living room–how I understood exactly what they felt. More than just rhyming or having a pretty melody, I try to express a part of the human condition that can make someone want to laugh, cry, make love, or all of the above.” Foster has written eight number one hit singles, including his own “Nobody Wins,” and “Crazy Over You” with duo Foster & Lloyd. His discography contains countless cuts by artists ranging anywhere from country (Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to contemporary (Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys). For You To See The Stars is Foster at his classic storytelling best, both as a seasoned singer/songwriter and a soulful writer of prose. Although both components stand alone as separate pieces of art– they are meant to be enjoyed together for a reason. When coupled, the book and CD give fans a deeper insight into the subconscious of Foster’s storytelling.  Journalist Peter Cooper puts it best, “Radney Foster writes with uncommon depth of emotion, humor, empathy, and clarity. I’m going to ask him how he does it, and if he tells me I’ll let you in on his secret. Until then, it’s best that we read, wonder, and revel.” Pre-order the album and book here. For more information on this release, please click here. For review copies, please reply to this email. Radney Foster Tour Dates: July 20, 22, 23 – Fort Garland, CO – Fir Summit Amphitheater July 28 – Beacon, NY – Towne Crier Cafe July 30 – Woodbridge, NJ – Music on Main Street Aug. 5 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Pavillion Sept. 1 – Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum Sept. 7 – Big Rapids, MI – Ferris State University Sept. 8 & 9 – Remus, MI – Wheatland Music & Arts Festival Sept. 13- Continue reading

Radney Foster to Appear in Alliance Theatre’s ‘Troubadour’

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A WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL BY JANECE SHAFFER WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC BY SUGARLAND’S KRISTIAN BUSH ANNOUNCING THE CAST – ANDREW BENATOR, SLYVIE DAVIDSON, RADNEY FOSTER, ROB LAWHON, BETHANY ANNE LIND, AND ZACH SEABAUGH TROUBADOUR OPENS AT THE ALLIANCE THEATRE IN ATLANTA, JANUARY 18 – FEBRUARY 12, 2017 NASHVILLE, November 18, 2017 -Legendary singer/songwriter Radney Foster has been cast in Atlanta’s Tony Award® winning Alliance Theatre upcoming world premiere musical, Troubadour, by playwright Janece Shaffer (The Geller Girls, Broke) with original music by Grammy Award-winning recording artist Kristian Bush. Set in 1950s Nashville, Troubadour is a romantic comedy about an unlikely group of friends whose unconventional style changes the course of country music.  Radney Foster plays Billy Mason, a 1940’s Country icon on the eve of retirement. His soft-spoken son, Joe (The Voice finalist singer-songwriter Zach Seabaugh) is attempting to break out of his father’s shadow. When he joins forces with an unlikely pair — Inez, a budding singer-songwriter (actor and singer-songwriter Sylvie Davidson) and Izzy, a rodeo tailor on a mission  (actor Andrew Benator Disgraced, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) –a revolution is born and Country music is changed forever. Troubadour is directed by the Alliance’s Jennings Hertz Artistic Director Susan V. Booth (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Geller Girl) and runs on the Alliance Stage from January 18 – February 12, 2017. The cast also includes Atlanta-based actor and singer-songwriter Rob Lawhon (Songs to Grow On, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County); Atlanta-based actor Bethany Anne Lind (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Edward Foote).  The creative team for Troubadour includes Music Director Brandon Bush, Sound Designer Clay Benning, Costume Designer Lex Liang, Tony Award-winning Set Designer Todd Rosenthal, and Lighting Designer Ken Yunker. Troubadour includes original music by singer-songwriter Kristian Bush, known for his chart topping songs as one half of the Country duo Sugarland, as well as his work with duo Billy Pilgram and 2015’s critically-acclaimed Southern Gravity. “Janece created characters who seemed so real to me that it was easy to get inside their heads and write their stories into songs, even as I travelled 60 years back in time to find their authentic sound,” said Bush. “Now that we have this amazing cast to bring the story and the songs to life, I can’t wait to see what this becomes.” “I’m thrilled to be able to bring this character to life, and to work with a cast and creative team of this caliber,” says Foster. “When I first heard Kristian’s songs, I knew this would be something special.” Performances of Troubadour are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., January 18 – February 12, 2017.  Opening Night is January 25, 2017.  There will be no 2:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 21. Two special matinee performances for students will take place on Thursday, February 2, and Thursday, February 9, at 10:30 a.m.  For ticket information, contact allianceschoolday@woodruffcenter.org or call 404.733.4661. Continue reading

Radney Foster’s Louisiana Blue To Help Hurricane Victims

Radney Foster Offers “Louisiana Blue” To Hurricane Isaac Victims. To help the victims of Hurricane Isaac, Radney Foster has joined The American Red Cross. People can order the new video for “Louisiana Blue” and donate to the cause at the same time. To do so click HERE! “This is the first song I ever wrote with Beth Nielsen Chapman. I had written the chorus and played it for her, and she and I wrote the first verse together. She was so excited about it that she went home that night and wrote the second verse. So it is a true collaboration.” -Foster The song can be found on Foster’s Del Rio Texas Revisited: Unplugged & Lonesome. “I love the way Martie McGuire digs into the opening licks, it just set the tone for the song. We had washboard and accordion in the studio, and there is a great sexy interplay between the fiddle and accordion on the solo. I knew we had it when I saw my wife dancing around the control room.” -Foster