Ruthie Foster (Quietly) Tells The Truth

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  • Song: "I Really Love You"
  • Artist: Ruthie Foster
  • CD: The Truth According to Ruthie Foster
  • Genre: Soul
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In "I Really Love You," Ruthie Foster's warm and grainy voice is effortlessly charming. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Texas-born, guitar-strumming singer Ruthie Foster is usually assigned to the category of "blues" — she was even nominated for "traditional blues female artist of the year" at the Blues Music Awards earlier this month. But Foster is no traditional blues artist. Consider "I Really Love You" from her new album, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster. True, her words display an indigo hue, and she's singing to a guy who isn't that into her, pleading, "If you could only feel all the love I have for you." But she's not hitting him over the head with a gutbucket blues growl. Her warm and grainy voice is utterly conversational, totally natural and effortlessly charming.

What's more, the song features a rippling reggae beat, a whistling organ that seems to have strolled over from a '60s soul band and a trumpet solo by Memphis Horns ace Wayne Jackson, who mutes his instrument for the well-known "wah-wah" effect. If this is the blues, it is, to paraphrase the title of her CD, the blues according to Ruthie Foster.

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