Radney Foster, Jessica Rae | Szold Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader

Radney Foster, Jessica Rae All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Thu., Aug. 1, 7 p.m. 2013

Despite Radney Foster’s success as a Nashville songwriter—Keith Urban, the Dixie Chicks, Gary Allan, and Sara Evans have all recorded his tunes—he’s always been a bit of a square peg in Music City by virtue of his restraint and sophistication. Without a larger-than-life persona, he’s had only modest commercial success on his own. Last year he looked back at his 1992 solo debut, Del Rio, TX 1959—his biggest hit, its masterful, concise honky-tonk tempered by his pop sensibilities—by recutting the entire album as Del Rio, TX Revisited: Unplugged and Lonesome (Devil’s River). The rustic treatment is in keeping with his relatively contemplative and rootsy recent work, and the songs survive the transformation unscathed. But I’m a bit disappointed to see Foster indulge in such an exercise in nostalgia, especially since he hasn’t released an album of new songs in four years. —Peter Margasak Jessica Rae opens.

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