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Ruthie Foter


It doesn’t matter what language the audience speaks in France, Germany or Belgium. Ruthie Foster communicates in a universal language – the same one spoken by every Texas blues artist who’s ever picked up a guitar.


Skipping through Europe on the same tour that brings her to the FirstOntario PAC on April 19, Ruthie Foster understands that earning her road stripes is as important to her success as a blues player as ice time is to a hockey player. “It’s definitely a perk,” suggests Foster, a gospel-infused blues powerhouse who honed her vocal skills singing in Texas churches.


Her latest album, 2014’s Promise of a Brand New Day, is another fine example of Foster’s signature hybrid of Texas blues, gospel, roots and folk music. Her prior two albums, 2009’s The Truth According to Ruthie Foster and 2012’s Let It Burn, earned the Austin-born singer Best Blues Album GRAMMY nominations.


“Response to the new album has been great,” said Foster. “We sold out four shows in London. We’re out with a trio, with my bass player and my drummer, so it’s a small set up. But we’re bringing a big sound.”


- David DeRocco GoBeWeekly.com


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Arriving in St. Catharines well into her tour means Foster’s set will be well-rehearsed by the time she takes the stage, but she says no two shows are alike.


“I come with my arsenal of songs and my creative partners in music.


I always write a set list before I go on stage, but as I tell people it’s more of an outline. I will change that on the spot. My band is aware of that. You can just let the fans know it will be a ‘hallelujah’ time either way when we all show.”


Opening up for Ruthie Foster will be a four-time JUNO nominee and 15-time Maple Blues nominee Harrison Kennedy. A lifelong Hamiltonian, Kennedy’s musical career took off in 1968 as a member of The Chairmen of the Board, opening for the likes of BB King, Stevie Wonder and performing on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Kennedy has toured extensively as a soulful roots- blues artist, releasing six critically acclaimed albums, while earning fans across the country and around the world.


Ruthie Forster with special guest Harrison Kennedy Partridge Hall MEMBERS: $41.65 REGULAR: $49 COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY: $25 HIGH SCHOOL: $5


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with special guest Harrison Kennedy


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