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    • Gilles Peterson Curates New Sun Ra Compilation September 1, 2015
      Featuring an unreleased live cut...Gilles Peterson has long been an advocate for the music of Sun Ra. The DJ hosted a special show on 6Music last year exploring the eccentric composer's life and work, and regularly drops the odd Sun Ra tune into his sets. Now, Gilles Peterson is set to curate a new Sun Ra themed compilation for Strut. Coming soon, […]
    • Premiere: Pineapple Pop - 'RVLTN' (Bit Funk Remix) September 1, 2015
      A bright, colourful end to summer...It's September 1st today, which means that - conclusively, indisputably - summer is coming to an end. That doesn't mean we can't go down without a fight, however. Turkish producer Pineapple Pop is on hand to put a spring in your step, with his gloriously colourful new single 'RVLTN'. Out shortly, i […]
    • Atlas Supporting: Branko September 1, 2015
      Lisbon producer on his debut solo album...Lisbon is a hub for new music and fresh ideas. A port city, the area's electronic music scene has quietly crafted a unique sound for over a decade now. Lisbon lynchpins Buraka Som Sistema are set to call it quits following a final tour, but this has only served to free up the cast for a plethora of solo projects […]
    • Premiere: Know V.A. - 'Vomar' September 1, 2015
      Amsterdam duo hook up with Liquid Amber...DJ Shadow inaugurated the Liquid Amber label last year, kicking off a fresh series of Digital Dubplates. Since then, the imprint has unveiled new material from producers around the globe, all touched by the influence of hip-hop culture. Amsterdam's Know V.A. is a two part production team, fusing shuddering hip-h […]
    • Premiere: Calico - 'Euphorism' September 1, 2015
      Unique Brighton five-piece...Calico have a unique sound. The Brighton five piece seem to fuse all manner of genres and disciplines, with elements of jazz, electronica, folk, rock and classical all mingling in their music. Arranging a full British tour, Calico are now ready to share new cut 'Euphorism'. The opening title of their upcoming EP - out o […]
    • Next Wave #653: VITAMIN September 1, 2015
      Indie-pop with sugar-rush chorusesIt's a rite of passage for every hopeful British guitar band, and VITAMIN are about to experience it. The four-piece are gearing up to be on Leeds' stage this weekend rather than caged behind the crowd control barriers where they've been until this moment, Strongbow in hand. "It's Leeds festival, inn […]
    • Animal Collective To Release Live Album September 1, 2015
      Recorded at Washington DC's 9:30 venue...Animal Collective can be a pretty special live experience. Combining naivety and glorious innovation, when the pieces come together an Animal Collective live set often reaches for the stars. The band are now plotting the full release of a single show for the very first time. The show took place on June 12th 2013, […]
    • Premiere: Midday Veil - 'I Am The War' September 1, 2015
      Psychedelia... meets disco?Midday Veil have always been a difficult group to tie down. Led by founders David Golightly and Emily Pothast, the band have navigated their way through the American underground for two searingly vital releases. Album No. 3 'This Wilderness' arrives shortly on Brooklyn's ever-vital Beyond Beyond Is Beyond imprint, a […]
    • Premiere: Julius - 'Crying Diamonds' September 1, 2015
      Check it out now...Julius has gently accelerated his way through 2015. Collaborating with Rome Fortune and Michael Christmas, amongst others, his classically-tinged work won admiring glances from Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang. New EP 'Re-Compositions' is forthcoming, with Clash able to share sample cut 'Crying Diamonds'. Matc […]
    • Live Report: Afropunk Fest - Commodore Barry Park, New York September 1, 2015
      A weekend blessed with fun, acceptance and music...Standing in a field within New York's revived Brooklyn borough, it's hardly difficult to not fall in love with whatever art is put in front of you. Here, and in it's 10th year, is Afropunk Fest. Labelled after the 2003 cult film 'Afro-Punk' - a film which spotlighted Black Punks in A […]
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    • W.A.S.P. RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR THE SONG “SCREAM” FROM THE FORTHCOMING “GOLGOTHA” ALBUM September 1, 2015
      W.A.S.P. have released a lyric video for the song, Scream, from the band’s forthcoming Golgotha album, due out October 2nd. Watch the clip below. “Scream was the track we felt really opened the album with the kick we were looking for,” says singer Blackie Lawless. “The animation on the video is outstanding and truly takes […]
    • SAMMY HAGAR ANNOUNCES A BOOK TOUR September 1, 2015
      Singer Sammy Hagar will be out on the road promoting his latest project, Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook, due for publication September 15th. He will begin the book tour the day before it arrives in stores, appearing at Bookends in Ridgewood, N.J., and he’s currently scheduled to make seven […]
    • 8/31: DEF LEP CRUISE, BRUCE DICKINSON, VMAs, FARM ROCK August 31, 2015
      Last call to enter to win a cabin for 2 on the Def Leppard cruise I will be hosting in January. Please be sure to enter if interested under the Contests tab on this site. Closing it out after Labor Day weekend and picking a winner shortly after. Good luck! More cool contests coming including […]
    • MOTORHEAD FRONTMAN LEMMY KILMISTER DISCUSSES THE BAND’S NEW ALBUM AND HIS HEALTH August 28, 2015
      [Note: This interview was conducted prior to Motorhead’s August 27th concert in in Salt Lake City, Utah. That show ended after only four songs because frontman Lemmy Kilmister told the crowd he was finding it difficult to breathe. This follows reports from Los Angeles on August 22nd, where some fans said the 69-year-old appeared unsteady […]
    • 8/27: A REPORT FROM AC/DC LAST NIGHT IN NJ August 27, 2015
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      Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup featuring Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and others have released am audio video for their cover version of The Who’s, My Generation. Listen to it below. The band recently announced that it will be playing only two shows Stateside at the Roxy, on the fabled Sunset Strip, on September 16th […]
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    • 8/25: BRUCE DICKINSON EVENT 1 WEEK FROM TONIGHT, IOWA, PERISCOPE, MORE. August 25, 2015
      Thanks to all I met Sunday in Des Moines at the Iowa State Fair. It was  a great honor to host the closing event of the entire fair featuring sets from Dee Snider, Warrant, Dokken and Firehouse. I had never been to Iowa before and it was cool to meet so many great fans. I […]
    • BUCKCHERRY RELEASE VIDEO FOR “TIGHT PANTS” August 25, 2015
      Buckcherry have released a video for the song, Tight Pants, from their forthcoming new album, Rock N’Roll, which was released on August 21st through F-Bomb records. Watch the video below. Last week, Todd revealed that the song Tight Pants was influenced by Aerosmith. To read more about this, and to see the album track list, […]
    • GUITARIST GEORGE LYNCH ON A DOKKEN REUNION, “THAT IS ON THE TABLE RIGHT NOW…, BUT OF COURSE THAT COMES AND GOES EVERY COUPLE OF YEARS” August 25, 2015
      Leslie Michele Derrough of Glide Magazine spoke with guitarist George Lynch. Portions of the interview appear below. Glide: What song in your career would you say was the most difficult to transfer to the live stage from the recording? Lynch: Probably Mr. Scary because it has so many guitars on it. What I’ve done in […]
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Best Albums of 2012: Ruthie Foster ‘Let it Burn’

Posted by falconi5 on May 7, 2012


Ruthie Foster – Let it Burn (Rating 4.5 out of 5)

One of the gospel-blues scene’s best-kept secrets for over a decade, Texan singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster finally achieved some long-overdue mainstream recognition when her 2009 sixth studio effort, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, picked up a Grammy nomination. By putting down the guitar and concentrating entirely on her vocals for the first time in her career, her follow-up, Let It Burn, suggests she means business. It’s a wise move, as her impassioned, soulful tones have always been her main selling point, and backed by an impressive array of musicians, including the Meters’ rhythm section and legendary gospel act the Blind Boys of Alabama, they’re allowed the freedom to showcase their versatility, whether it’s channeling the velvety smoothness of Anita Baker on the atmospheric blues of John Martyn’s “Don’t Want to Know,” matching the power of Aretha Franklin on the a cappella rendition of early 20th century folk standard “The Titanic,” or echoing the spiritual leanings of Carleen Anderson on the harmony-driven opener “Welcome Home.” Alongside the groove-laden old-school R&B of “Aim for the Heart” and the pure gospel of “Lord Remember Me,” the latter is the only original composition, but John Chelew’s inspired production ensures there’s still plenty of invention elsewhere. Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” is rendered almost unrecognizable thanks to a gorgeously shimmering and reverb-laden arrangement, Pete Seeger’s “If I Had a Hammer” is transformed into an authentic slice of New Orleans jazz, while Ike Stubblefield’s rich organ riffs lend a hymnal quality to the likes of the Band’s “It Makes No Difference” and the William Bell duet “You Don’t Miss Your Water.” Effortlessly classy covers of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” and the Black Keys’ “Everlasting Light” show she isn’t averse to more contemporary fare. But whichever era Foster picks and chooses from, Let It Burn always feels utterly timeless.

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