Clarence Edmond Shackelford aka "Shabba" and aka "M1Y", is a publicist, and the founder of Tour Tyler Texas and also the Texas African American Museum both programs are under the auspices of the Empowerment Community Development Corporation, which is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit.
Mineola, Texas, native Ruthie Foster has been seen touring the nation. The FREE performance will double as a Black History Month program as well as recognition of the city’s sesquicentennial at Addie E. McFarland Community Center - 708 South Stone Street 75773 on Thursday, February 16, 2023.and is, sponsored by the Mineola Historical Museum - 06:30 PM.
She has been nominated for a Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy - four times, and won 10 Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year and the title of an “inspiring American Artist” as a United States Artists 2018 Fellow.
Described by Rolling Stone as “pure magic to watch and hear,” her vocal talent was elevated in worship services at her community church. Drawing influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Foster developed a unique sound unable to be contained within a single genre. That uniqueness echoes a common theme in Foster’s life and career — marching to the beat of her own drum.
Ruthie Foster’s ninth studio album represents a new high-water mark for the veteran blues artist—a collection of songs possessing pure power, like a tidal wave of musical generosity. Healing Time finds Foster pushing her boundaries as a singer and songwriter more than ever before, creating a truly live-sounding atmosphere with the help of her band, who sound refreshingly loose and lived-in throughout these 12 songs. We’ve all been in need of some healing in recent times, and Foster’s latest provides a guide for how to move through the world with equal parts compassion and resolve.
Healing Time is the latest jewel in Foster’s accomplished career, which includes multiple Grammy nominations and collaborations with fellow luminaries like Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. For her latest, Foster contributed more to the writing process than she had on any of her previous albums, effectively refining her own songcraft in the process. “With this album, I dug deep and tried to go for the best way to write,” she explains. “This album says a lot about the period we were making it in, and how I wanted to find my way out of it.”
Work on the album began in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, as Foster enlisted previous collaborators like Gary Nicholson and Grace Pettis to pitch in during the writing process—as well as every member of her band. “I wanted my band involved in the entire process of this album,” she explains, and they also played a large role in recreating the sound that Foster had become drawn to after spending time with her vinyl collection. “I was aiming to keep these songs sounding like they came from that era, which says a lot about where I am in my life, too.”
Ruthie Foster will perform a FREE Concert in Mineola on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information contact Novada Bigham at 903.216.9110 or City Hall at 903.569.6186.
Info: TourTylerTexas@gmail.com - For more information contact Novada Bigham at 903.216.9110 or City Hall at 903.569.6186.
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