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Runaway Soul

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Runaway Soul
Runaway Soul


For the past 15 years, 3 time Grammy nominee and Texas native Ruthie Foster has been garnering critical acclaim for her soulful fusion of blues, gospel, roots and folk. Her album 'Runaway Soul' was a feature on the Top 10 lists of many Texan critics and her fan base grows with each of her outstanding live performances. Her appeal lies in both her powerful songs and commanding voice, which has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Originally released in 2002, 'Runaway Soul' has been unavailable on CD for the last 5 years. This updated version has a new cover and barcode, but the same outstanding track list as the original. Dedicating one song to her late father who passed away in January 2002, Ruthie Foster's vocals mix gospel with a healthy helping of Texas blues in the vein of Bonnie Raitt or on occasion Melissa Etheridge. The mid-tempo opener, 'Runaway Soul', is a solid beginning with harmonica and Hammond organ. Her softer side is also shown in some delightful harmonies. 'Woke Up This Mornin' has a Sunday church feel, slowly building into a funky Southern track with a choir-like harmony. 'Smalltown Blues' takes more of an acoustic slant, featuring mainly Foster and acoustic guitar dominating the tune. One trait that makes the album very cohesive is how organic each song sounds, not slick over-produced radio fodder. 'Death Came A-Knockin' (Travelin' Shoes)', the song dedicated to her father, is perhaps the highlight of the album. Its mix of sombre lyrics and moody arrangement makes the best of an otherwise depressing topic.


  1. Name
  2. Runaway Soul
  3. Woke Up This Mornin'
  4. Smalltown Blues
  5. Home
  6. Hole In My Pocket
  7. Give You My Love
  8. Ocean Of Tears (Mama)
  9. Walk On
  10. Death Came A-Knockin'
  11. Joy
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