Ruthie Foster Returns to Door County

Ruthie Foster returns to Door County to perform at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center on Aug. 21 at 7 pm.

Foster was born in the small rural town of Gause, Texas. Raised in a family of gospel singers, she first learned to sing during worship services at her community church. With a chapel-bred bravado trained on the works of powerful women such as Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, her sound grew into an inspired blend of blues, folk and gospel.

Seeking to define her own path, Foster left her hometown to serve in the Navy. She discovered her love for performing while singing pop and funk tunes as the frontwoman of Pride, a band that performed at Navy recruitment drives nationwide. Foster’s time with Pride provided a window into varying American cultures coast to coast, and after her service she moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional musician.

Since then, Foster has worked with Blue Corn to release seven albums over the past 12 years. Three albums were nominated for Grammy Awards in the category of Best Blues Album.

Foster’s career also reaches beyond her own releases and performances. She has collaborated on stage with artists ranging from Bonnie Raitt to The Allman Brothers to Susan Tedeschi, and has recorded tracks with Warren Haynes, Big Head Todd, and The Blind Boys of Alabama, among others.

The Peg Egan PAC is located on Church Street in Egg Harbor, and all concerts are free and open to the public. In case of rain, all concerts are held at the Calvary Methodist Church, 4650 County Rd. E, Egg Harbor. Carry-ins welcome. For more information call 920.493.5979.vv

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