Ruthie Foster to perform at Susanna’s Kitchen

Staff Reports

From houses of worship to houses of blues, Ruthie Foster has always been a rafter-rattler.  With a soul-filled voice honed in Texas churches, she can move audiences to tears or ecstasy — sometimes in a single song. Ruthie Foster brings that amazing voice back to Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse on January 18th.

Foster descends from a line of strong women hailing from tiny Gause, Texas, a church-filled town about 90 minutes northeast of Austin. Her family was full of gospel singers.  She’ll be sure to share with her audience her early influences, including those “sisters in the amen corner” who encouraged her young voice. Ruthie staked out her own path by joining the Navy, singing for the Navy band “Pride,” and nourishing her love for performing. After leaving the service, Ruthie signed a development deal with Atlantic Records and moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional musician.

It was not long before Ruthie returned to her roots in the Lone Star State.  Back in Texas, Ruthie solidified her place as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter and began a musical partnership with Blue Corn Music. From 2011 to 2013 she earned three consecutive Blues Music Awards, plus an Austin Music Award for Best Female Vocalist and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year. And those are just some highlights of her awards history. Her last two albums, 2009’s The Truth According to Ruthie Foster and 2012’s Let It Burn, moved the Recording Academy to deliver Best Blues Album Grammy nominations.  Ruthie’s latest – Joy Comes Back – includes 10 incredible tracks, nine of which are by a diverse array of writers ranging from Mississippi John Hurt, Sean Staples and Grace Pettis (daughter of renowned folk singer Pierce Pettis), to Chris Stapleton and Black Sabbath. 

Susanna’s Kitchen Coffeehouse is located at the corner of RR 12 and CR 1492 (at Wimberley United Methodist Church).  Doors open by 7:00 pm and the concert begins at 7:30 pm.  Tickets $25 for adults, $5 for kids (at the door only.)  Pizza, tamales, pie, coffee and soft drinks are available.  Proceeds benefit The Barnabas Connection, Operation Good Shepherd, and WUMC Mother’s Day Out.

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