By guest contributor: Christina Kennedy
As a young musician born in Del Rio, Texas, Radney started his musical career at age 14 playing guitar and writing songs. After high school, in 1985, he moved to Nashville to pursue his career in music, initially starting out as a songwriter. Here he met Bill Lloyd and they co-wrote “Since I Found You,” to be performed by Sweethearts of the Radio. This song reached No. 7 on the Top Ten Country Music charts, catapulting the duo into stardom.
Shortly thereafter, Foster and Lloyd teamed up and began recording. Over the four years they worked together, they produced three studio albums and had nine singles on the country music charts. “Crazy Over You” was their top single in 1987 reaching the no. 4 spot.
When Radney and Bill parted in 1990, Foster’s solo career took off. Spanning more than three decades, Foster wrote 13 hit singles including “Just Call Me Lonesome,” “Nobody Wins,” “Easier Said Than Done,” and “Hammer and Nails.” During this time Foster also produced 11 albums including his most recent “For You To See The Stars.” His extensive discography includes countless cuts in a wide-range of genres from country to contemporary and includes artists such as Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins and Los Lonely Boys.
But Radney considered himself more than a songwriter as a true Renaissance man. After battling a sudden and terrifying illness, Radney decided to take his love of writing to the next level and created “For You to See the Stars.” A deeply personal book/CD project, Radney took inspiration from his life along the Mexican border and created a collection of short stories that expand on the meaning behind his songs. This collection gives the reader an intimate look at his personal process when it comes to songwriting.
We’re excited to have a country music legend like Radney Foster join the already diverse lineup at the 26th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. We know that country fans, both young and old, will enjoy his well-written songs and amazing performance. Radney Foster is a classic storyteller, a seasoned performer and a respected artist. Friday, May 18, 2018 at 8:45 p.m. Radney Foster will perform on the United Healthcare Singer Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center.
Tickets available: www.wildflowerfestival.com.