Born and raised in small-town Texas, Foster spent time in both New York and the U.S. Navy Band before settling back in Austin. Her new album, Let It Burn, features a mix of originals and covers, plus some stirring collaborations with The Blind Boys of Alabama.
One capital of soul in the 1960s? Muscle Shoals, Ala., a fly-speck on the map which spawned some of the era's greatest recordings, via productions in Rick Hall's Fame Studios. Rock historian Ed Ward has their story.
In the 1990s, the young singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco enjoyed unprecedented success on her own Righteous Babe Records. But since the turn of the century, she's been taken for granted as she relied on an aging cult audience.
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