Ruthie Foster's ninth studio album represents a new high water mark for the veteran blues
artist-a collection of songs possessing pure power, like a tidal wave of musical generosity.
Healing Time finds Foster pushing her boundaries as a singer and songwriter more than ever
before, creating a truly live-sounding atmosphere with the help of her band, who sound
refreshingly loose and lived-in throughout these 12 songs
Healing Time is the latest jewel in Foster's accomplished career, which includes multiple
Grammy nominations and collaborations with fellow luminaries like Susan Tedeschi and
Derek Trucks. Work on the album began in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic in
2020, as Foster enlisted previous collaborators like Gary Nicholson and Grace Pettis to pitch
in during the writing process-as well as every member of her band.
Joining Foster and her band: members of Austin psych-soul outfit Black Pumas, whose cobandleader
Adrian Quesada lent time at his famed Electric Deluxe studio as work on Healing
Time was being finished up. 'They gave these songs a breath of fresh air,' she says about
their contributions-and veteran producer Mark Howard (Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams)
also came in to bring new ideas to Foster's table.