“This is easily the best live album I have heard in a very long time.” —NO DEPRESSION
“It’s so tough for some artists to reproduce the energy of a live performance. But the Ruthie Foster Big Band’s magnanimous appeal inflates any potential languor. Together they indisputably position Live at the Paramount as one of the best live albums of 2020.” —POPMATTERS
“Apparently, folks in Austin can look forward to additional big band shows from Foster, say on New Year’s Eve. Most folks are unaware that Ruthie began as a big band singer while in the Navy, so she’s returning to those latent roots, hopefully to revive them again on another recording. We can dream but can savor this one in the meantime.” —GLIDE
“The phenomenal Ruthie Foster has thus far earned three Grammy Award nominations. This incredibly exciting album full of true soul should clinch a win.” —ELMORE
“Any remaining doubts as to whether Ruthie Foster has one of the most powerful and agile voices on the planet are extinguished on Ruthie Foster Big Band Live At The Paramount.” —LISTENING THROUGH THE LENS
“Ever-evolving her style suits her on this fine album, a very different sound and will attract more fans to her eclectic music style, exquisite sound and arrangements throughout.” —BLUES MATTERS
“At a time when live music is scarce on the ground, it’s rejuvenating to hear her transform opening anthem ‘Brand New Day’ (given a New Orleans flavor here), gospel traditional ‘Death Came A-Knockin’ (Travelin’ Shoes),’ Sean Staples’ ‘Joy Comes Back’ and jazz standard ‘Mack the Knife’ into heart-lifting testimonials to hope and resilience.” —PASADENA WEEKLY
“’Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to my mom, Ruthie Foster,’ begins the new Live at the Paramount. ‘Please enjoy the show.’ Judging from the 70-plus minutes by Austin’s grande roots dame and an 18-strong big band – deep, regal, crackling in the exchange between soul and souls – the opening segue from Maya into Ruthie preserves Mother’s Day.” —AUSTIN CHRONICLE
“Often with live albums, there is a disconnect between the “I was there” experience and the recording, but here a fine effort has been made with thoughtful sequencing and a well-separated, loud mix to give every player their due.” —THE ROCKING MAGPIE
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All tours will be rescheduled. Please check the artists social media for live streams!
Ruthie Foster struts out with a new album!
THREE-TIME GRAMMY NOMINEE RUTHIE FOSTER
BRINGS HER BIG BAND — AND HER GLAM —
TO GO LIVE AT THE PARAMOUNT,
Featuring arrangements by Miles Davis alum John Beasley and bandleader John Mills, Foster’s latest evokes Sinatra, Ellington, Ella and other swing-era greats on collection of favorite originals and dynamic covers
Bonnie Raitt, Ruthie Foster & Martie Maguire - Angel From Montgomery (John Prine)
At the start and end, Friday’s “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” concert for hurricane relief at the Erwin Center was much like all great Willie Nelson shows. It began, as Willie always does, with “Whiskey River,” before closing with an “I’ll Fly Away”/”Will the Circle Be Unbroken” finale. In between, though, Austin got to see a concert the likes of which has never been thrown here.
There was Willie singing “Funny How Times Slips Away” with Leon Bridges, and “Texas Flood” with Bonnie Raitt and Jimmie Vaughan. Then Bonnie sang with James Taylor. Then Taylor fronted Asleep at the Wheel. Then Asleep at the Wheel backed Paul Simon and Edie Brickell singing “Waltz Across Texas.” Then the Dixie Chicks’ Martie Maguire and gospel sensation Ruthie Foster joined Raitt for “Angel From Montgomery.” And on and on and on. It was that kind of night, for more than four hours…. -AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN
Ruthie Foster Christmas Playlist!
Is available to listen to on Spotify! Happy Holidays!