Today, I’m interviewing Ruthie Foster, a blues and folk singer-songwriter legend.
Ruthie’s best known for mixing a wide palette of American song forms, from gospel and blues to jazz, folk and soul.
She’s won countless awards, including three Grammy nominations and numerous wins at the Blues Music Awards.
The journey she’s been on is nothing short of inspiring, and with a character like hers, we can’t help but love her.
We talk about her creative process, how she got into music, what inspires her, and what she loves most about performing live…
”When you get that offer that makes you feel uncomfortable, just say yes.” – Ruthie Foster
01:31 – Who Ruthie Foster is and what we’re talking about this episode.
07:31 – How the pandemic’s been affecting Ruthie and her other band members.
10:48 – The performances Ruthie has set for the future.
12:26 – The new songs she’s been recording.
19:20 – The process she goes through when writing a new song.
22:24 – The importance of always maintaining your practice.
25:58 – How helpful it is to write down your goals and ambitions.
30:20 – What Ruthie misses most about performing live.
35:17 – How different foods inspire her music.
41:58 – How ‘avoidance’ can work as a reason to write.
44:28 – The difficulties with returning to a half-written song.
46:46 – How she found her passion for music and playing the guitar.
51:32 – Ruthie’s first-time solo singing and how she overcame her shyness and nerves.
55:35 – The awards she’s won and what they mean to her.
1:00:08 – The importance of embracing situations and saying yes.