A long, long, time ago, Radney Foster walked by the XM Performance Studio during a promotional visit with me at X Country. I told him the kinds of things we were doing in that room, like our interview performance series Artist Confidential, and the series Then Again…Live, which gave artists the opportunity to perform an entire album back to back, in essence, recreating it for a new day. Radney surmised that we should do that with his album, Del Rio, Texas 1959. It was released in 1992, and was Radney’s brilliant solo debut during an especially accessible era in Country Music history. Then came the boy bands and the girls with belly buttons showing. Steve Earle calls the time before ‘the Great Credibility Scare.’
Radney drops a new CD today, recorded at Cedar Creek Studio here in Austin, TX. It is an acoustic take on his Del Rio album called Del Rio, Texas Revisited. The first thing is this album is a gold mine of great tunes. The second thing is it sounds fresh, timeless even, with its acoustic treatment. In early March, Radney assembled Dixie Chick Martie McGuire (fiddle), Jon Randall Stewart (guitar), Glenn Fukunaga (doghouse bass), Michael Ramos (keyboard) and Steve Fishell, who produced the original album, and plays guitar on this new recording. Find out all about it in Radney’s website, where you can also listen to the tunes.
While we are shining a light on Radney Foster, here is a solo video Music Fog captured back at the 2011 MusicFest at Steamboat Springs. Here is "Half of My Mistakes," though make note, it is not one of the songs found on the new album.