On The Record: Ruthie Foster, Israel Nash
Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 19, 2014
OUT THIS WEEK
Ruthie Foster, “Promise of a Brand New Day” (Blue Corn): Will this finally be the record that gets Foster a Grammy? The Austin singer’s last two studio albums, 2009’s “The Truth According to Ruthie Foster” and 2012’s “Let It Burn,” were nominated in blues categories, though Foster’s music draws as much from folk, gospel and other roots genres that fall under the broad Americana umbrella. On her new disc, she got significant direction from producer Meshell Ndegeocello, who also played bass and helped assemble the backing crew. Foster’s soulful voice remains the central attraction, from originals such as the melodic piano-based number “Learning to Fly” and the R&B-styled “My Kinda Lover” to covers of the Staple Singers classic “The Ghetto” and Eugene McDaniels’ defiantly saucy “Outlaw.” Guests on the record include Austin blues-rock master Doyle Bramhall II, on the Foster original “Let Me Know,” and folk-blues singer Toshi Reagon, who joins in on the set-concluding rendition of Reagon’s song “New.” Release show Sept. 5 at Paramount Theatre, with special guests Luther Dickinson, Mingo Fishtrap and Hadden Sayers, plus opening act Darden Smith.
Also: Israel Nash, “Rain Plans,” release show Aug. 20 at Lamberts; Golden Dawn Arkestra, self-titled EP, release show Aug. 23 at Mohawk; Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson, “For Pops: A Tribute to Muddy Waters” (Severn).
AUG. 26: The Young, “Chrome Cactus” (Matador), in-store Aug. 25 at Waterloo Records.
AUG. 26: Tinnarose, self-titled (Nine Mile), release show Aug. 23 at Stubb’s.
AUG. 26: Globe Factory No. 23, “Original Sins for Copycats” (Fiesta Red).
SEPT. 2: Brian Pounds, “Strikes and Gutters” EP, release show 9-18 at Strange Brew.
SEPT. 2: Justin Furstenfeld, “Songs From an Open Book.”
SEPT. 9: Belle Sounds, “Black Stone” EP, release show Sept. 13 at Lamberts.
SEPT. 9: Nightowls, “Good As Gold B-Sides” EP, playing Oct. 11 at ACL Fest.
SEPT. 16: Ahren Behrens & the Midnight Stroll, self-titled EP (Megaforce).
SEPT. 16: Fauntleroys, “Below the Pink Pony” EP (Plowboy).
SEPT. 16: Band of Heathens, “Sunday Morning Record.”
SEPT. 23: Will Knaak, “The Only Open Road” (Lounge Side).
SEPT. 25: Kim Simpson, “Tex-Mex Guitar” vinyl 45rpm EP, release show Sept. 25 at Cactus Cafe.
OCT. 7: Hal Ketchum, “I’m the Troubadour” (Music Road).
OCT. 7: Shakey Graves, “And the War Came” (Dulatone), playing Oct. 30 at Stubb’s.
OCT. 14: Timberos Del Norte, self-titled.
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