Graced with sensational, classic soul pipes and a smoldering intensity, this Texas native more than lived up to the title of her 2007 breakthrough, The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster. This year she's back with no less than The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, which hits nary a false note in working a classic Memphis groove riddled with potent strains of gospel, blues, R&B, and soul about as pure as it gets. Recorded at Memphis's Ardent Studios with a slew of wily vets helping out (including guitarist Robben Ford, late keyboards wizard Jim Dickinson, and trumpeter Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns), Truth is a potent collection of fine Foster originals and keen covers from the likes of Patty Griffin and Eric Bibb, sometimes complicating that Memphis thang with touches of reggae, country blues, and folk. Foster sings the beejeezus out of all of it, negotiating the delirious undulations of Southern roots like a genuine daughter of Aretha, Ann Peebles, and Mavis Staples. And that's the truth. She'll be in a trio format here, with drummer Samantha Banks and bassist Tanya Richardson.
Fri., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2009