The Morning Dish with Radney Foster. With "Just Call Me Lonesome", “Nobody Wins,” & “Crazy Over You.
Steven Phillips with The Morning Dish
As a young musician straight out of Texas, Radney Foster spent the lengthy drives in between tour stops reading the likes of John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry, and Harper Lee. Over 30 years of artist cuts later, there is no question that he himself is an established storyteller. Whether it’s navigating the ever-changing music industry or battling a sudden, terrifying illness – Foster definitely has a story to tell.In late Fall 2015, the legendary songwriter got the diagnosis every musician fears-- a severe case of pneumonia and laryngitis. However, for someone who’s been producing songs for almost 40 years, the desire to write doesn’t fade along with the voice. During a grueling six week period of vocal constraint, Foster’s creative side emerged in the form of a short story inspired by the song, titled “Sycamore Creek,” and the idea for Foster’s newest endeavor was born.For You To See The Stars is a project comprised of two parts – a book and a CD. The book is a collection of short stories published by Working Title Farm. Though the stories are fiction, they are informed by Foster’s upbringing on the Mexican border in Del Rio, TX. The story that most closely resembles memoir, “Bridge Club,” is a humorous and poignant retelling of the song “Greatest Show on Earth,” a recollection of playing music with family and friends on the back porch on a Saturday night.While it’s evident that Texas has always been an inspiration for his music, in For You To See The Stars, Foster explores various landscapes, both physical and emotional, from the story of a retired spy in New Orleans, to the tale of a Dallas lawyer wandering the Rocky Mountains in search of redemption, to a post apocalyptic parable of a world in endless war.The beauty of this CD/book combo lives within Foster’s extensive imagery, which not only further expands the meaning behind Foster’s songs, but gives the reader a look at the thought process behind his songwriting. “For me, the goal of writing is always to touch that one person so much that they wonder how I got a peek into their living room--how I understood exactly what they felt. More than just rhyming or having a pretty melody, I try to express a part of the human condition that can make someone want to laugh, cry, make love, or all of the above.”Although the literature can be enjoyed independently, each story is uniquely coupled with a song. The 10-track album, also titled For You To See The Stars, features nine new songs and a special re-recording of “Raining on Sunday,” the song Foster co-wrote with Darrell Brown, which became one of Keith Urban’s top Billboard singles. The album was recorded at the historic Nashville studio Sound Emporium and was produced by award-winning Will Kimbrough, who also plays multiple instruments and sings on the record.For You To See The Stars is Radney Foster’s eleventh album. Foster has written eight number one hit singles, including his own “Nobody Wins,” and “Crazy Over You” with duo Foster & Lloyd. His discography contains countless cuts by artists ranging anywhere from country (Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to contemporary (Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys). Although highly recognized and accomplished in the music world, Foster is a true renaissance man. In addition to For You To See The Stars being his first book, Foster recently starred in the world premiere of "Troubadour,” at Atlanta’s Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre. He also appears in the upcoming feature film, Beauty Mark.
Radney opens up about his brilliant career as a songwriter, solo artist, and member of the duo Foster & Lloyd. Hear the stories behind the biggest hits, how he got his start, how he met Bill Lloyd, and what it was like working with Sara Evans, Keith Urban and so many more!
Some people seemed to be blessed with all the diverse talent in the world. Today’s guest, Radney Foster is one of those Renaissance type of people. He’s an actor, musician, author, screenwriter, and a talented chef too. He’s done some really interesting projects, mixing his passion for cooking with his other creative skills to offer people a unique dining experience. We talk about how he found his different passions, and what drew him to a life so focused around performing. He tells me how he’s been coping during the pandemic, and what it’s been like working on his new unreleased screenplay… “The thing with taking acting lessons is that the acting coach could help me get my patter between songs down a little better. Make them a bit more efficient, a bit more dramatic.” – Radney Foster Time Stamps: 02:52 – Who Radney is and the many different fields he’s worked in. 06:33 – A comment sent in by one of our viewers about pastor Max Lucado and her faith. 10:30 – The influence and impact culture has on cuisine. 12:26 – The gourmet dinners accompanied by live music that Rodney used to put on. 14:30 – How Radney got into cooking. 16:50 – The influence French cuisine has had on Mexican foods. 21:21 – Writing short stories accompanied by their own songs. 23:24 – A short story about a Dallas lawyer whose life is destroyed, then renewed when finding love. 26:44 – How Radney got into acting and the unique ways he used to audition. 33:40 – The ways having an acting coach helped Radney when performing music. 37:37 – The difference between singing as a musician and singing in a theatrical production. 42:12 – The brand new screenplay Radney is writing. 43:47 – The similarities between screenwriting and songwriting. 52:03 – Reading screenplays and the importance of having a good script. 57:58 – Recording new music and how songs change over the course of their creation. 1:04:33 – The new work Radney’s been doing during the pandemic. 1:08:43 – Intermittent fasting and my experience with it. Resources: Listen to Radney Foster on Spotify Check out Radney’s book For You To See the Stars Platonic Texas Real Food Connect with Radney Foster: Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Patrick Scott Armstrong: Instagram Facebook Email
Singer, songwriter and author Radney Foster joins me to talk about singing, songwriting, authoring, and more. Find Radney on the web at RadneyFoster.com. Check out his book, For You To See The Stars. Purchase every copy of Del Rio, TX, 1959 available because you need them.
Radney Foster has had an incredible career as an artist and songwriter. He has written eight number one hit singles, including his own "Nobody Wins" and "Crazy Over You". We are lucky enough to have Radney sit down with us, play a few of his tunes, tell some unreal stories and have some laughs. Check Radney's website out at https://www.radneyfoster.com/Music Featured in this Episode: Radney Foster - Texas in 1880 (Live) - For You to See the Stars (Live) - Just Call Me Lonesome Thanks for listening! This episode has been brought to you by Twisted Bitch Cattle Co. Check out the brand on all social media platforms, and place your orders for some apparel with their unique western flair at https://twistedbitchcattlecompany.com/ Please be sure to leave us a review and share this episode with your friends! Join the conversation with us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Radney started as a Nashville songwriter and performed in the 80s with Foster & Lloyd. has released about a dozen albums since '91 that increasingly break away from country music standards into something more personal. We discuss two recordings from For You to See the Stars (2017) that have accompanying short stories (written when he literally lost his voice): "Sycamore Creek" and "Raining on Sunday," plus "Nobody Wins" from Del Rio , TX 1959 (1992). End song: "Godspeed (Dulce Sueños)." Intro: "Crazy Over You" by Foster & Lloyd from their eponymous album (1987). Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon to get the ad-free feed. Sponsors: Visit dollarshaveclub.com/NEM for your $5 ultimate starter set and masterclass.com/EXAMINED for 15% off a MasterClass All-Access Pass.
Radney Foster - In it for the Long Haul - Conversation on a New Mexico Mountaintop
Tasty Brew Music
This episode of the Tasty Brew Music Podcast is a conversation I had with Texas Songwriter and author Radney Foster…. Initially a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, Foster made his recording debut as part of the Foster & Lloyd duo, recording three studio albums and with nine singles on the country charts. Foster began his solo career in 1992 and his album Del Rio, TX 1959 produced four consecutive Top 40 hits. Overall, Foster has had thirteen songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Top Ten hits "Just Call Me Lonesome" (#10, 1992) and "Nobody Wins" (#2, 1993). His songs have been recorded by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Keith Urban, Hootie and the Blowfish and Jack Ingram. He is now producing, writing screenplays, short stories and novels. He’s been one of my favorites since I discovered him nearly 20 years ago on a KGSR Radio Compilation CD. I was in Red River to attend Larry Joe Taylor’s Annual Hot Chili Days and Cool Summer Nights Music Festival featuring Texas Singer/Songwriters. Radney was the featured performer at a kick off event on a mountaintop currently serving as Michael Martin Murphey’s Bitter Creek Ranch and through the kindness and tenacity of his manager (and wife) Cyndi Hoelzel, we were able to find a precious block of time before Radney had to leave for sound check. Although Radney, via Cyndi, had agreed to the sit down weeks in advance, with no cell service in town, unknown daily schedule until the day of and limited internet connectivity, it was very challenging to find a suitable venue for our conversation. We settled on the second floor lobby of the rustic Red River Lodge next to the Mother Lode Saloon, windows wide open to the street during an ongoing rain shower. Radney has done yeoman’s work with SongwritingWith Soldiers, a non-profit transforming veterans’ lives by using collaborative songwriting to expand creativity, connections, and strengths. As the mother of a Marine suffering from PTSD, it was an honor and privilege to spend this precious time with Radney Foster….enjoy!
Radney Foster goes Beyond The Mic with Sean Dillon
Beyond the Mic with Sean Dillon
His son’s stage name is space cadet, he loves johnny cakes, misses guitar pulls and almost was a lawyer.Time to go Beyond the Mic with Radney Foster.I’ve had great interview opportunities over my 25+ year radio history that never made it to air. Some were due to length others were because of topic.I decided to flip the table on the rules. Any topic / guest is welcome, but you need to tell a story & must go “Beyond the Mic.”