Feb. 9, 2017 — Nashville, TN — Singer-songwriter Radney Foster has been telling stories in song for over three decades. Now he is digging deeper, releasing a book of short fiction to go along with his next album.
“I realized that at heart, I’m a storyteller,” says Foster. “This book gives me the chance to go further than what I can say in a three minute song.”
The Sycamore Creek project will include a book and a CD, and while they stand alone, the full story is told through both. “Each song has a companion short story,” Foster explains. “If you ever wanted to know more about the characters – what they were feeling, where they came from – here is your chance.” A sample story is included in this video with more information on the writing process.
Fans have responded quickly and enthusiastically to the project, fully funding the Kickstarter in just four days. The campaign (picked by Kickstarter as a Project We Love) offers expanded fan-experience packages including autographed copies of the cd/book combo, VIP tickets to his shows, private fly fishing trips guided by Foster, autographed guitars, and more.
Foster first gained attention as half of the duo Foster & Lloyd (who, with “Crazy Over You” became the first duo in history to top the Country charts with their debut single), and established himself as a solo artist in the early ’90s with three critically acclaimed solo albums.
His songs have reached over 50 million people, whether through his own hits (“Crazy Over You,” “Just Call Me Lonesome,” “Nobody Wins,” “Texas in 1880” and “Angel Flight”) or those he wrote that became hits for others (Keith Urban’s “Raining On Sunday,” Sara Evans, “A Real Fine Place To Start,” The Dixie Chicks “GodSpeed” and a host of others).
He has just finished a month long run onstage at the Alliance Theatre in “Troubadour,” a musical written by Janece Shaffer (The Geller Girls) with original music by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. Last week, “Troubadour” was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. The interview and transcript is available here. He will also appear in the upcoming feature film Beauty Mark.
Sycamore Creek will be published by Working Title Farm and released in September 2017.
Feb. 24 – Red Clay Theatre – Duluth, GA
Feb. 25 – Moonlight on the Mountain – Birmingham, AL
March 31 – Dosey Doe – The Woodlands, TX
April 6 – Royers Pie Haven – Round Top, TX
April 7 – Blue Sage Hall – Kerrville, TX