Ruthie Foster, Joe Ely & Paul Thorn In-The-Round
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

Southern Troubadours

$38 adv / $42 door

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March 10 8:00 pm

Ruthie FosterRuthie Foster returns to the Freight with a terrific new album, Promise of a Brand New Day, that just got nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary Blues Album. If you’re not already familiar with Ruthie’s career, this is her third Grammy nomination, and she’s also won three Austin Music Awards for Best Folk Artist and Best Female Vocalist, and won Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. She grew up in rural Texas singing in her church choir, served a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy band, spent time in New York City, and finally settled in Austin, where she has recorded nine outstanding albums. Her latest features her stirring vocals on a set of catchy originals with a great soul groove. Ruthie’s music has elements of blues and gospel, folk and rock, but working with producer Meshell Ndegeocello has brought out her soul roots. “Ruthie's voice is such a singular, powerful instrument, and she has such mastery of it,” Meshell says. “She can turn it on, belt it out, and bring you to your knees, all in an instant.”
Joe ElyJoe Ely is a Lubbock boy, all grown up, with more than 25 solo albums under his belt, as well as collaborations with The Clash, The Chieftains, Bruce Springsteen, Los Super Seven, Uncle Tupelo, and fellow Flatlanders Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. He just released a recently rediscovered duet with Linda Ronstadt from 1987, and last year he enjoyed big success with The Odessa Tapes, which had been misplaced in a closet for 40 years. The American Music Association gave him their Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2007, and if you’ve ever seen him onstage, you know why. Whether he’s caressing a ballad or rocking out on a foot-stomper, the man knows his way around a song. To hear Joe sing “The Road Goes On Forever” or “She Never Spoke Spanish To Me” is to go straight to the heart of Texas soul. This guy’s the real deal.


Paul ThornHailed as the “Mark Twain of Americana,” Paul Thorn brings his gritty, gospel-infused Southern rock straight from his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, where he grew up as the son of a Pentecostal preacher and went on to box in more than 50 professional bouts, including one with Roberto Duran—but that’s another story. Paul’s music mixes the hard-driving boogie of the Allman Brothers with the soulful wit of John Hiatt. If you haven’t already heard him on World Café or All Things Considered, you should know that his spirited songs investigate the mysteries of human nature and explore the exalted territory of love and salvation. “Feeling good has rarely sounded so great!” says Engine 145 in a review of his new album, Too Blessed To Be Stressed. Check him out and you’ll understand why PopMatters calls him “extraordinary!”



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