Jeffrey Dean Foster
Long before the Americana movement caught fire - before the genre even had a name - Jeffrey Dean Foster was synthesizing folk, rock and roots music with the Right Profile, the Carneys and the Pinetops. The 1998 Pinetops album Above Ground and Vertical showed the individuality of Foster's vision, but it was the long-awaited release of Million Star Hotel, his first solo album, that finally gathered all facets of his musical vision in a uniformly spectacular fashion. Upon the release of Foster's latest, The Arrow, Stereophile Magazine commented, "This is the kind of album that will stop you in your tracks." Most recently, Foster composed the entire soundtrack for the upcoming Angus Maclachlan film, "Abundant Acreage Available," starring Amy Ryan.
Musician Beth McKee is the gestalt of all the places she's settled. From her native Mississippi where she learned the blues firsthand from Malaco Records session musicians to her immersion in the scenes of Austin, New Orleans, North Carolina, and now Orlando - all their musical terroir is in her sound. But those influences, too, have become less distinct in the distillation of Beth's aesthetic. You'll recognize the hues if you really wanna parse it. But if you just listen, you'll hear a sound that is quintessentially Southern. It's tapped from the roots and rolls like honey. And that voice is rich and fortified but never has to peacock to show its easy radiance.
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