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Legendary singer-songwriter Radney Foster, who recorded a string of country hits in the early 1990s, brings his acoustic show to MIM. Foster has had thirteen songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Top Ten hits “Just Call Me Lonesome” (1992) and “Nobody Wins” (1993). His songs have been recorded by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, the Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban, and Jack Ingram.
Foster was born in Del Rio, Texas, and took up the guitar at age twelve. He began performing small-club gigs while attending the University of the South, a liberal arts college in Sewanee, Tennessee, and took leave from school to try his luck in Nashville. In 1985, he signed with the MTM publishing firm as a staff songwriter and soon struck up a partnership with Bill Lloyd, who joined the company two months later. Their song “Since I Found You” became a Top Ten hit for the Sweethearts of the Rodeo. The duo soon signed with RCA as recording artists and recorded three albums between 1987 and 1990. Foster & Lloyd landed a series of Top Ten singles in addition to complimentary reviews.
In 1991, Foster began his solo career and signed with Arista Nashville. His debut album, Del Rio, TX 1959, became a commercial success. Four of the album’s singles hit the Top 40, and of those, “Just Call Me Lonesome” made the Top Ten, while “Nobody Wins” fell one spot short of the top of the country charts. In addition to releasing nine other solo albums, Foster has become a mentor and friend to many younger artists. He has written and produced songs for Randy Rogers, Jack Ingram, Kacey Musgraves, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott, Pat Green, Cory Morrow, and many others. His songs are regularly mined by superstar acts such as Keith Urban (“Raining on Sunday” and “I’m In”), Sara Evans (“Real Fine Place” and “Revival”), and the Dixie Chicks (“Godspeed”).
Throughout his thirty-year career, Foster has continuously stretched boundaries. “I strive to challenge myself as a writer, a musician, and a singer every day.” As his voice has deepened and grown richer, so too, it seems, has his focus. These are the songs of a full-grown man, who long ago left fear by the side of the road.
Foster’s songs are essentially country, but are charged with crackling Louisiana flavors and wiry, rootsy-rock a la The Band. Foster’s voice has a plainspoken quality akin to that of the late Levon Helm.
Americana favorite for [his] catchy songwriting and unapologetic West Texas sound.