Thu Aug 23 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

The Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary

111 E Sixth Street Newport, KY 41071

Ages 18+

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Ruthie Foster, Johnny Fink (Solo)

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  • Ruthie Foster

    Ruthie Foster


    In the tightknit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with
    posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t.

    If you do, word gets around. Praises are sung. And one day, you find yourself duetting
    with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon
    Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. You might even wind up getting
    nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy — three times in a row. And those
    nominations would be in addition to your seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music
    Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France,
    and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year.

    There’s only one Austinite with that résumé: Ruthie Foster. And with the release of her
    latest album, Joy Comes Back, the Recording Academy might want to put its engraver
    on notice. Because every note on it confirms this truth: It’s Ruthie’s time.

    The small rural town of Gause, TX had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse
    known as Ruthie Foster to itself. 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, Ruthie
    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.

    Joining the Navy was one way for Ruthie to stake out her own path. It was during her
    time singing for the Navy band Pride that her love for performing became apparent.
    After leaving the service, Ruthie signed a development deal with Atlantic Records and
    moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional musician.
    A deal with a major label would seem to be a dream come true for a budding artist. But
    the label wanted Ruthie to hand over her authenticity in exchange for being molded into
    a pop star. In another bold move, she walked away from the deal and returned to her
    roots, moving back to the Lone Star State.

    Returning to Texas, Ruthie solidified her place as an up-and- coming singer/songwriter
    and began a musical partnership with Blue Corn Music. Her studio albums for the label
    began with Runaway Soul in 2002, followed by The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster in 2007,
    The Truth According to Ruthie Foster in 2009, Let It Burn in 2012 and Promise of a
    Brand New Day in 2014. Her live shows, which she has referred to as a “hallelujah

    time,” have been documented on the album Stages in 2004 and the CD/DVD release
    Live at Antone’s in 2011.

    Now comes Ruthie’s latest - Joy Comes Back - again on Blue Corn Music. When she
    recorded this album, Foster wasn’t merely singing about love and loss; she was splitting
    a household and custody of her 5-year- old daughter. Music was her therapy.
    In the warm confines of Austin producer and former neighbor Daniel Barrett’s studio,
    she found a comfort level she’d never before experienced while recording. It gave her
    the strength to pour the heartache of her family’s fracture and the cautious hope of a
    new love into 10 incredible tracks, nine of which are by a diverse array of writers
    ranging from Mississippi John Hurt, Sean Staples and Grace Pettis (daughter of
    renowned folk singer Pierce Pettis), to Chris Stapleton and Black Sabbath. Yes, Black
    Sabbath: Foster reimagines “War Pigs” as a jam session with Son House. She also
    covers the Four Tops’ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever,” written by Ivy Jo Hunter and
    Stevie Wonder.

    And she makes each one hers, aided by some special guests. Derek Trucks drops slide
    guitar into the title tune; bassist Willie Weeks (Bowie, Clapton, George Harrison) plays
    on the Foster-penned “Open Sky”; and drumming legend Joe Vitale (Crosby, Stills &
    Nash; Eagles) appears on several tracks. Local hero Warren Hood (“Champ Hood’s
    boy,” as Foster calls him) lays fiddle and mandolin on Hurt’s bluegrass-tinted “Richland
    Woman Blues.” Barrett plays guitars, drums and percussion; other contributors include
    the core members of Ruthie’s touring band, Samantha Banks and Larry Fulcher.
    At one point, Barrett described the album to Hood as “some blues, some folk, some
    soul, some rock, some gospel.” Hood replied, “Sounds like Ruthie Foster music.”




  • Johnny Fink (Solo)

    Johnny Fink (Solo)


    Johnny Fink and The Intrusion is known as the “Best Kept Secret in the Midwest Blues Scene” among local blues and classic rock enthusiasts. If you ever happen to ask someone who’s seen the band play, you’ll likely hear of true musicianship and one helluva good time. 

    The band was formed in the winter of ’92 originally going with the name “The Blue Intrusions” with real-life guitar hero Johnny Fink pulling together a powerful 4-piece lineup of talented pro players through a diverse blues spectrum. They covered a wide range of blues, tapping the soul of the music from well know legendary blues artists. Jammin’ everything from the Allman Brothers to Buddy Guy, then swinging from Albert Collins to Lonnie Mack. 

    After two years of the band performing and crowd pleasing at well known local establishments like; the Local 1207, Allyn’s Cafe, Mansion Hill, Lucille’s, Burbank’s, several popular Foley’s locations… Johnny took over the reins. He led the band into a new era as a tighter three-piece blues unit. They expanded their sound to include subtle jazz influences, and deeper investigations into the sonic realm of the Fender Stratocaster experience. 

    The band sports over 30 years of overall professional musical experience, and each member shares an equal passion for old school classic rock and blues. Once you hear them simply open on a song, it becomes quite obvious that the band has talent, and true professional showmanship. They might not be able to maintain their local status much longer of being known as the best kept secret, it’s just a matter of time before every classic rock and blues enthusiast around discovers where “the real deal” offers up a great show. 

    Over the years The Intrusion has evolved and changed up like any band, which is inevitably par for the course. Fortunately and rare in the industry, the band has never experienced any dramatic road bumps or “breakups” throughout the years. No bridges were ever burned, no friends were ever lost, and they never skipped a beat. In ’05 they brought on the talented drummer Doug Moore, then in the fall of ’07 long time friend and too-cool bass guitarist Matt Newman joined. They are always around somewhere, rockin’ the scene at blues festivals, events/venues, and popular establishments throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. 

    Check out their upcoming gigs, then drop on by sometime too see for yourself why they’re called the best kept secret on the local blues scene. And don’t be shy about walking up too request your favorite classic rock song, or memorable blues tune – they know them all. There are also several original songs the band has produced, which are definitely worth a request.

Ruthie Foster, Johnny Fink (Solo)

Thu Aug 23 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

The Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary Newport KY
Ruthie Foster, Johnny Fink (Solo)
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Ages 18+

Limited seating will be available for this show.