CD review: Radney Foster “Del Rio, Texas Revisited: Unplugged and Lonesome”

CD review: Radney Foster “Del Rio, Texas Revisited: Unplugged and Lonesome”
by Brandy McDonnell Published: August 17, 2012


Radney Foster ‘Del Rio, Texas Revisited: Unplugged and Lonesome' (Devil's River Records)

The songs sound a bit different but their bone-deep resonance remains the same on Radney Foster's “Del Rio, Texas Revisited: Unplugged and Lonesome.”

After he and Bill Lloyd dissolved their Grammy-nominated duo Foster & Lloyd in 1990, Foster made his solo debut two years later with “Del Rio, TX 1959,” an album that paid homage to his birthplace and year as well as to pure, undiluted country music.

The singer-songwriter's first individual effort earned critical acclaim and notched four top-40 country hits with “Just Call Me Lonesome,” “Nobody Wins,” “Easier Said Than Done” and “Hammer and Nails.” The album also influenced future stars from the Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban to Sara Evans and Darius Rucker; the Hootie & the Blowfish frontman even named his sophomore country record “Charleston, SC 1966” in a tip of the hat to Foster's solo breakthrough.

Twenty years after the release of “Del Rio, TX,” Foster assembled a sterling session band to record new acoustic versions of the 10 original tracks plus the bonus cut “Me and John R.,” which fits so neatly in the middle of the reshuffled album sequence that it's easy to forget it hasn't always been there. Of course, when you have Dixie Chick Martie Maguire on fiddle, Jon Randall Stewart on guitar, Glenn Fukunaga on doghouse bass, Michael Ramos on keyboard and Steve Fishell, who produced the original “Del Rio,” playing guitar, you don't need electricity for the songs to have plenty of juice.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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