RUTHIE FOSTER

The Truth According to Ruthie Foster

2009-02-07

After a killer CD last time out ("The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster"), could the Texas-based blues-and-soul-woman deliver another great set? The answer is simply yes. "The Truth According" covers acoustic, electric and gospel blues with equal expertise, lyrically and musically. Her originals are great, starting with the opening organ strains of "Stone Love," through the tough title track and on to gospel of "Joy on the Other Side" and the straight blues of "Tears of Pain." If that weren't enough, she serves up some Patty Griffin and Eric Bibb covers. Foster has a great sense of phrasing, both vocally and with the instrumental accompaniment. Everything works. And that's the truth. B-Soul 02/09 Michael J.

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