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Let It Burn

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2012 release from the Soulful vocalist. Let it Burn is a deeply intimate recording: a smoky mix of original songs coupled with inventive interpretations of an unexpected collection of covers - ranging from Adele to Los Lobos, and from The Black Keys to Johnny Cash. Recorded in New Orleans at Piety Street studios, with a small group of A-List musicians that includes George Porter Jr. of the legendary Meters, this album takes the listener on Ruthie's most personal journey yet. With her deeply moving vocals at the core, Ruthie is supported along the way by some very special guests - gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama and Stax Records soul man William Bell.

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  • Audio CD (January 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Corn Music
  • ASIN: B006LL3Y4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Boomerocity on February 4, 2012
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I love rock. I love the blues. I love soul. I love folk. I love gospel. It's a rare treat to come across an artist who artfully pours all five of those ingredients into their creative melting pot and come up with a musical feast that delights the ears. Ruthie Foster does exactly that with her seventh album, Let It Burn.

The Grammy nominee is Texas born and bred, cutting her teeth on church pews in the rural areas of the state and grew up paying her dues in crafting her eclectic style of blues. Ruthie has worked, in one form or another, with greats like Bonnie Rate, Big Head Todd and many others, adding her incredible voice and stage presence to their incredible presence.

Let It Burn features songs by such diverse talent as The Band, Adele, Black Keys, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Pete Seeger, Los Lobos, Johnny Cash and many others. Lending a hand at the recording sessions at New Orleans' Piety Street Studios were: Blind Boys of Alabama; soul great, William Bell; George Porter (The Funky Meters) on bass; the legendary Ike Stubblefield on the Hammond B3; sax man, James Rivers; Dave Easley on guitar; and drummer Russell Batiste. The musicians represent the cream of New Orleans' musical crop and it shows in glaring ways on this album.

If you love hearing covers of classics that put them in a completely different light, then you'll definitely want to immediately own Let It Burn. Case in point: Ruthie's treatment of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire will catch the listener pleasantly by surprise. I love, love, love this rendition of this country classic and would definitely be on the short list of Boomerocity favorites from this album if I have anything to do with it (and I do).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rockabilly17 on January 31, 2012
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Ruthie has never sounded so passionate and soulful. This record is a perfect combination of Ruthie's original songs and some covers that sound better suited for her voice than the original artist! I pre-ordered the album and have already listened through it multiple times. It won't be leaving my iPod any time soon!

Stand-out Tracks: Aim For The Heart, You Don't Miss Your Water, If I Had A Hammer, Ring Of Fire (Beautiful original arrangement from Ruthie)

Don't miss out on this one!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pablo on February 20, 2012
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A nice effort, albeit not her best. For instance, I could've done without the version of "Ring of Fire"...I've listened to it several times, and I don't get it (kind of like Dion's version of Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze in 1967) Now, having said that, the guest stars (including the Blind Boys of Alabama and members of New Orleans Meters) make this a joyous event. Some of the grooves on this album are nothing short of amazing, but if you're looking for your first Ruthie Foster album, I humbly suggest "Live at Antones" a better well rounded effort. Don't take it personally Ruthie - even if I was down on my luck and only had 15 bucks in my pocket, i'd still buy one of your albums...I just thing there's better ones
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chuckles on February 5, 2012
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It's hard to put into words the depth and breadth of this album. There are so many influences brought into the mix, and yet somehow Ruthie Foster makes everything her own. And she does it with integrity and a whole lotta soul!
Highlight covers for me include the Miles Davis-meets-Stax version of 'You Don't Miss Your Water' (a duet with the songwriter, the great William Bell, who sounds fantastic himself); the slinky Los Lobos cover 'This Time'; John Martyn's 'I Don't Want To Know' (maybe the best version I've ever heard); and the tour-de-force slow-burning 'Ring of Fire.' There are also some great original tunes, especially the inspiring opening song 'Welcome Home' which features the Blind Boys of Alabama.
Although it's categorized as a blues album (and there is some blues on it), its a lot more than that. And this woman can sing like no one since Aretha was a youngster (without over-singing like all the American Idol wanna-bes out there).
Again, its kinda hard to describe this album so all i can say is if you are a fan of great singing, great songs, and real deep soul - buy this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happy Mac User on June 28, 2013
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Well ... Austin,Texas has done it again and Ruthie Foster has made them proud! This is my first - but definitely NOT my last Ruthie Foster record, which I originally bought because of hearing her collaboration with the "Blind Boys of Alabama" in a more traditional Gospel setting (i.e -sound). The record also contains some absolutely fantastic R&B, Soul, and original music, perfectly produced and segued, so the album plays seamlessly from front to back, and then over again. In fact, I believe that Ruthie Foster's cover and arrangement of Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" surpasses the original - Which is quite a claim considering the original was a global smash hit ! But don't take my word for it - check it out for yourself !
Ruthie Foster is a Texas gem, who could easily sparkle in a grander setting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bean on May 2, 2012
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In "Let It Burn" Ruthie Foster has created a masterpiece. Her vocal dynamics and syncopations reflect her comfortableness with her own voice. Indeed, by not also playing guitar, Ruthie has the room to showcase her voice and her growing maturity. Ruthies' choice of material is spot on, and, as always, her band is tight and powerful.

But what makes this CD so special is that Ruthie is now pushing boundaries. There's no hint of Maxwell St. here. Nor of Texas blues. Rather like all truly great musicians, Ruthie is redefining her genre. (think along the lines of Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Koko Taylor, or Etta James, for example)

By laying it on the line, both vocally and in her choice of instrumentation, Ruthie Foster has created music that actually matters. This CD will remain important for a very, very long time.
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