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For You To See The Stars

Release Date: Sep 15, 2017
Label: Working Title Farm/Devil's River Records

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September 18, 2017

Radney Foster Releases New CD + Book Duo

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July 20, 2017

Radney Foster Announces New CD + Book Duo

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BIOGRAPHY

As a young musician straight out of Texas, Radney Foster spent the lengthy drives in between tour stops reading the likes of John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry, and Harper Lee. Over 30 years of artist cuts later, there is no question that he himself is an established storyteller. Whether it’s navigating the ever-changing music industry or battling a sudden, terrifying illness – Foster definitely has a story to tell.

In late Fall 2015, the legendary songwriter got the diagnosis every musician fears– a severe case of pneumonia and laryngitis. However, for someone who’s been producing songs for almost 40 years, the desire to write doesn’t fade along with the voice. During a grueling six week period of vocal constraint, Foster’s creative side emerged in the form of a short story inspired by the song, titled “Sycamore Creek,” and the idea for Foster’s newest endeavor was born.

For You To See The Stars is a project comprised of two parts – a book and a CD. The book is a collection of short stories published by Working Title Farm. Though the stories are fiction, they are informed by Foster’s upbringing on the Mexican border in Del Rio, TX. The story that most closely resembles memoir, “Bridge Club,” is a humorous and poignant retelling of the song “Greatest Show on Earth,” a recollection of playing music with family and friends on the back porch on a Saturday night.

While it’s evident that Texas has always been an inspiration for his music, in For You To See The Stars, Foster explores various landscapes, both physical and emotional, from the story of a retired spy in New Orleans, to the tale of a Dallas lawyer wandering the Rocky Mountains in search of redemption, to a post apocalyptic parable of a world in endless war.

The beauty of this CD/book combo lives within Foster’s extensive imagery, which not only further expands the meaning behind Foster’s songs, but gives the reader a look at the thought process behind his songwriting. “For me, the goal of writing is always to touch that one person so much that they wonder how I got a peek into their living room–how I understood exactly what they felt. More than just rhyming or having a pretty melody, I try to express a part of the human condition that can make someone want to laugh, cry, make love, or all of the above.”

Although the literature can be enjoyed independently, each story is uniquely coupled with a song. The 10-track album, also titled For You To See The Stars, features nine new songs and a special re-recording of “Raining on Sunday,” the song Foster co-wrote with Darrell Brown, which became one of Keith Urban’s top Billboard singles. The album was recorded at the historic Nashville studio Sound Emporium and was produced by award-winning Will Kimbrough, who also plays multiple instruments and sings on the record.

For You To See The Stars is Radney Foster’s eleventh album. Foster has written eight number one hit singles, including his own “Nobody Wins,” and “Crazy Over You” with duo Foster & Lloyd. His discography contains countless cuts by artists ranging anywhere from country (Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to contemporary (Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys). Although highly recognized and accomplished in the music world, Foster is a true renaissance man. In addition to For You To See The Stars being his first book, Foster recently starred in the world premiere of “Troubadour,” at Atlanta’s Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre.  He also appears in the upcoming feature film, Beauty Mark.

For You To See The Stars is Foster at his classic storytelling best, both as a seasoned singer/songwriter and a soulful writer of prose. Although both components stand alone as separate pieces of art– they are meant to be enjoyed together for a reason. When coupled, the book and CD give fans a deeper insight into the subconscious of Foster’s storytelling. Journalist Peter Cooper puts it best, “Radney Foster writes with uncommon depth of emotion, humor, empathy, and clarity. I’m going to ask him how he does it, and if he tells me I’ll let you in on his secret. Until then, it’s best that we read, wonder, and revel.”

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Press Clippings

Singer, songwriter and author Radney Foster shares creative vision (Hickory Record)

New cd/book combo by singer/songwriter Radney Foster (WVXU)

Rock & Review: Radney Foster (Fox 17)

Radney Foster on Writing, Reading, and Redemption (No Depression)

Blurring the lines (Buddy Magazine)

Songwriters festival set for next weekend (Galveston County Daily News)

Radney Foster’s Ambitious ‘For You To See The Stars’ Project is a Masterpiece (Wide Open Country)

‘One of the dreamers’ (The Daily News)

The stories Radney Foster could tell — and does (The Boston Globe)

Listen: Radney Foster, “Howlin'” (The Bluegrass Situation)

Radney Foster Premieres ‘It Ain’t Done With Me’ Song & Short Story: Exclusive (Billboard)

Radney Foster Shares New Track from Forthcoming Album/Book Project (American Songwriter)

Contact

Maria Ivey – maria@thepresshouse.com

Tour Dates

November 17 – Asheville, NC – Isis Music Hall

November 18 – Duluth, GA – Red Clay Theatre

November 19 – Birmingham, AL – Moonlight on the Mountain (Record/Book Release Party)

November 29 – Bellville, TX – The Kenney Store

November 30 – Beaumont, TX – Courville’s (Record/Book Release Party)

December 1 – Baton Rouge, LA – The Red Dragon

December 2 – Houston, TX – The Mucky Duck

December 8 – Lindale, TX – Love & War in Texas (Record/Book Release Party)

December 9 – Plano, TX – Love & War in Texas (Record/Book Release Party)

January 14-19 – Yelapa, MX – Texas Music Live Rock The Boat Series

January 25 – Galveston, TX – Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe