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Radney Foster

Radney Foster at South by Southwest 2006.
Background information
Born July 20, 1959 (1959-07-20) (age 50)
Origin Del Rio, Texas, USA
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1986-present
Labels Arista, Dualtone[1], Devil's River Records
Associated acts Sara Evans
Foster & Lloyd
Jack Ingram
Keith Urban
Dierks Bentley
Darius Rucker
Darden Smith
Website http://www.radneyfoster.com/

Radney Foster (born July 20, 1959 in Del Rio, Texas[2]) is an American country music artist. Initially a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, Foster made his debut in 1986 alongside Bill Lloyd in the duo Foster & Lloyd. Between then and 1990, the duo recorded three studio albums for RCA Records and charted nine singles on the country charts.

Foster began his solo career in 1992 when he signed to Arista Records, Although his first release for the label (1992's Del Rio, TX 1959) produced four consecutive Top 40 hits, Foster saw his commercial success waning with the release of his second and third albums (1995's Labor of Love and 1999's See What You Want to See, respectively), and by 1999 he had exited Arista's roster. He then signed to the independent Dualtone Records label, for which he has recorded three more albums to date: 2001's Are You Ready for the Big Show?, 2002's Another Way to Go and 2006's This World We Live In.

Overall, Foster has charted thirteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Top Ten hits "Just Call Me Lonesome" (#10, 1992) and "Nobody Wins" (#2, 1993). In addition, he has written singles for other country artists, including Sara Evans, Keith Urban and Jack Ingram.

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Biography

Radney Foster was born July 20, 1959 in Del Rio, Texas, as the second of four children. His father was a lawyer who also sang and played guitar;[3] by age twelve, Foster himself began playing guitar as well.[2]

After graduating high school, Foster attended University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee where he became a member of the Gamma Sigma chapter of Phi Gamma Delta. He dropped out in 1979 and, at the advice of veteran songwriter Randy Goodrum[4], moved to Nashville, Tennessee in pursuit of a country music career. However, after finding no success in Nashville, he returned to college to finish his degree, while playing at various local venues in his spare time.[3]

Musical career

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Foster & Lloyd

Foster then moved back to Nashville after graduating college where he met his wife, who was attending Vanderbilt University[5]. By 1985, he had found work at MTM Publishing Company as a session songwriter. There, he befriended Bill Lloyd, with whom he wrote a song entitled "Since I Found You"; this song would become a Top Ten hit when it was recorded by Sweethearts of the Rodeo.[2] In 1986, Foster and Lloyd decided to perform as a duo. This duo, Foster & Lloyd, received a recording contract with RCA Records Nashville that year. Between 1986 and 1990, they would record three studio albums and charted nine singles on the country charts. The two parted ways amicably in 1990, as Foster thought that their songs were not suitable for being recorded by a duo.[2][3] One of the tracks from Foster & Lloyd's debut album, "Don't Go Out", was released by Tanya Tucker in 1990 as a duet with T. Graham Brown.

Solo career

1992-2000: Arista Records

Two years after the disestablishment of Foster & Lloyd, Foster signed to Arista Records' Nashville division as a solo artist. His first album for the label, Del Rio, TX 1959 (named for Foster's birthplace and year of birth[3]), produced two consecutive Top Ten hits in its first two singles: "Just Call Me Lonesome" and "Nobody Wins", which respectively reached #10 and #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Two more singles, "Easier Said Than Done" and "Hammer and Nails", also reached Top 40, peaking at #20 and #34, respectively.

In 1994, Foster began work on his second album for Arista. Tentatively titled Never Say Die,[6] the album was re-titled Labor of Love, a title under which it would ultimately be released. After the first single (which was the title track) failed to make Top 40, Arista delayed the album's release twice so that it would not compete with a compilation album entitled Mama's Hungry Eyes: A Tribute to Merle Haggard, to which Foster (along with Pam Tillis) had contributed the track "The Running Kind".[6] Steve Ripley, lead guitarist and vocalist for the country band The Tractors, was then brought in to remix "Willin' to Walk" — the second single from Labor of Love — for radio, before the album was finally released in April 1995.[6] Ultimately, neither "The Running Kind" nor any of the three singles from Labor of Love reached the Top 40 on the country charts. Shortly before the release of Labor of Love, Foster and his wife of twelve years separated, ultimately filing for divorce.[6]

Foster's third and final album for Arista, 1999's See What You Want to See, featured a more pop-oriented sound than his first two albums did. This album produced one minor single on the country charts in the #74-peaking "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)" (which would later be recorded by the Dixie Chicks in 2003). Also included on this album was "Raining on Sunday", a song which Keith Urban recorded for his 2002 album Golden Road and released as a single in 2003. Foster's rendition featured backing vocals from Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish.

2001-2006: Dualtone Records

In 2001, Foster signed to Dualtone Records.[2] His first album for the label, Are You Ready for the Big Show?, included a re-recording of the song "Texas in 1880", which Foster had originally recorded while a member of Foster & Lloyd. This re-recording, which featured Pat Green, peaked at #54 on the country charts. Foster followed this album with 2002's Another Way to Go. One of its tracks, "A Real Fine Place to Start" (another collaboration with Ducas) was later recorded by Sara Evans as the title track to her 2005 album Real Fine Place, from which it was released as a single; Evans's rendition of the song became a Number One hit in 2005. Foster's third album for Dualtone, This World We Live In, was issued in 2006. Unlike his previous two albums for Dualtone, however, this one provided no chart singles.

2009-present: Devil's River

Foster has started releasing his music on his own label, Devil's River. On September 1, 2009, Foster released his latest album on Devil's River, titled Revival under the band name "Radney Foster and the Confessions". In conjunction with the release of Revival, Foster also released a feature length DVD documentary that explored the making of the album titled Behind The Confessions. The 90-minute film was directed by Sundance award-winning filmmaker Jeff Horny and was co-produced by Foster, his wife Cyndi, and Horny. In addition to the traditional CD and DVD formats, Foster also released all of the new album and documentary content on a new format called Interactive Flash Drive(TM) "VIP Pass"[7]. The interactive flash drive resembles a VIP Pass and gives purchasers access to pre-show "meet and greets" along with DRM-free digital audio and video.

Other Releases

In 2005, Foster released a website-only album on RadneyFoster.com titled And Then There's Me: The Back Porch Sessions containing 11 acoustic-only tracks.

Foster also produced two albums for the Randy Rogers Band: their 2006 album Just a Matter of Time and 2008's Randy Rogers Band.

2009's Revival contained a 5-song EP titled The Chosen Few available to the first thousand orders on his website.

Discography

Albums

Year Album details Chart Positions
US Country US Heat
1992 Del Rio, TX 1959 46 11
1995 Labor of Love
  • Released: April 11, 1995
  • Label: Arista Nashville
61 36
1999 See What You Want to See
  • Released: May 18, 1999
  • Label: Arista Austin
2001 Are You Ready for the Big Show?
2002 Another Way to Go
  • Released: September 10, 2002
  • Label: Dualtone Records
39
2005 And Then There's Me (The Back Porch Sessions)
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: RadneyFoster.com
2006 This World We Live In
  • Released: April 4, 2006
  • Label: Dualtone Records
2009 Revival
  • Released: August 31, 2009
  • Label: Devil's River
51 26

Singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country[8] CAN Country
1992 "Just Call Me Lonesome" 10 54 Del Rio, TX 1959
1993 "Nobody Wins" 2 7
"Easier Said Than Done" 20 28
"Hammer and Nails" 34 54
1994 "Closing Time" 59 70
"Labor of Love" 58 Labor of Love
"The Running Kind" 64 Mama's Hungry Eyes: A Tribute to Merle Haggard
1995 "Willin' to Walk" 54 92 Labor of Love
"If It Were Me" 59 89
1998 "I'm In" (with Abra Moore) See What You Want to See
1999 "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)" 74
2001 "Texas in 1880" (with Pat Green) 54 * Are You Ready for the Big Show?
2002 "Everyday Angel" 43 * Another Way to Go
2003 "Scary Old World" (with Chely Wright or Georgia Middleman) 52 *
2005 "Half of My Mistakes" This World We Live In
2006 "Prove Me Right"
2009 "Revival" Revival
"Angel Flight"

Music videos

Year Video Director
1992 "Just Call Me Lonesome" Jim Shea
1993 "Nobody Wins" Sara Nichols
"Easier Said Than Done" Deaton-Flanigen
1994 "Closing Time" Jim Shea
"Labor of Love"
"The Running Kind"
1995 "Willin' to Walk" Jim Shea
2001 "Texas in 1880" (with Pat Green) David McClister
2002 "Everyday Angel" Jim Shea
2009 "Angel Flight" Darren Cameron

References

  1. ^ Foster's solo works were on the Arista and Dualtone labels. His work in Foster & Lloyd was on RCA Records Nashville.
  2. ^ a b c d e Huey, Steve. "Radney Foster biography". Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&samples=1&sql=11:kzfuxql5ldhe~T1. Retrieved 2008-05-12.  
  3. ^ a b c d "Radney Foster biography". Oldies.com. http://www.oldies.com/artist-biography/Radney-Foster.html. Retrieved 2008-05-12.  
  4. ^ Builta, David. "Del Rio Native Signs Contract With RCA." Del Rio News-Herald 22 Feb 1987: 11
  5. ^ Builta, David. "Del Rioan Radney Foster Makes Good in Nashville." Del Rio News-Herald 8 Mar 1987: 3
  6. ^ a b c d Mansfield, Brian (April 1995). "Willing to Walk: Radney Foster's Soul Searching Labor of Love". New Country 2 (5). ISSN 1074-356x.  
  7. ^ http://www.musicrow.com/2009/08/radney-foster-bbr-steve-wariner-and-jabbrrr/
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 149. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.  

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