I've been a Radney Foster fan for a long time.
From his days as part of the duo Foster and Lloyd...
...to his storied solo career...
...and even through this...
Through it all, I've never ceased to be amazed by Foster's ability to use a song to tell a compelling and emotional story.
Now, with his new collection, For You to See the Stars
, Foster takes the next logical step and expands his songs into a collection of short stories. But wait! That's not all. He's also released a collection of companion songs, one for each story in the book.
It's an ambitious project and you know what? It really works.
The stories demonstrate Foster's range as a storyteller. There's a comedy of manners. There's a spy story. There's even a post-apocalyptic tale that I never saw coming. Each story comes with its own voice and point-of-view, but they all maintain Foster's signature cadence and word play.
The songs that accompany the book are classic Foster as well. The opening verse of the title track gut punched me. It just hit too close to home. There's a lush reworking of the Foster classic Raining on Sunday
. All That I Require
is a dark, dire warning of what happens when we blindly follow our leaders.
"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," says Foster. "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."
For Foster Fans, this collection is a must own. If you're not a Foster Fan, pick up both and you'll join the ranks of the converted.
For You to See the Stars is available now wherever you buy your books and records.