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The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

  • 1. 'Cuz I'm Here
    2. Heal Yourself
    3. Fruits of My Labor
    4. People Grinnin' in Your Face
    5. Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air)
    6. Harder Than the Fall
    7. Beaver Creek Blues
    8. Mama Said
    9. Phenomenal Woman
    10. Friend Like You, A
    11. I Don't Know What to Do with My Heart
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0602

  • Credits
    ProducerMalcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne; Papa Mali; Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne
    EngineerNed Stewart

    Personnel: Ruthie Foster (vocals, guitar, piano, electric piano, Wurlitzer organ, hand claps); Ruthie Foster; Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Anthony Farrell (Hammond b-3 organ); Glenn Fukunaga (bass instrument); Ned Stewart (unknown instrument); Gurf Morlix (steel guitar, lap steel guitar); Dale Spalding (harmonica); Mike Dillon (vibraphone, congas); George Sluppick (drums, percussion); Tosca String Quartet.
    Audio Mixers: Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne; Ned Stewart.
    Recording information: Congress House, Austin, TX (2006).
    Photographer: John Carrico.
    Ruthie Foster's fifth CD features the singer moving away from her usual genre of modern folk music into soul. While she performs selections by Son House and Sister Rosetta Tharpe and there are bluesy performances, most of the numbers are of more recent vintage. Her powerful voice, which infuses secular music with the power and emotions of gospel, is heard throughout in prime form and she makes a particularly powerful statement on "People Grinnin' in Your Face." Throughout this set, Ruthie Foster sounds a bit like a young Aretha Franklin (although not copying her) and gives one the impression that she could sing in any idiom that interested her. The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster is a strong example of her musical talents. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.63) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]er vocal combination of old-school r&b, gospel, soul, and blues is rich on emotional details."
    Dirty Linen (p.45) - "The power of Ruthie Foster's voice carries the music....This recording is further enhanced with Foster's liberal use of the piano..."
    Living Blues (p.43) - "Messages of survival run through the repertoire, driven home by the sincerity and cool passion of Foster's extraordinary vocal delivery."
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