Interview With Texas Legend Radney Foster
Radney has ‘reinvent’ on his daily to-do list
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I am so happy to have Radney Foster on today’s episode! I met Radney when he and I were artists signed to MTM Records. I had the honor of working with him as vocal coach when he lost his voice a few years ago. The story of how, instead of giving up, he used his temporarily forced silence to plow new creative ground is truly a wild adventure… join us!
Our talking points include:
- How our vocal lessons helped Radney recover his lost voice.
- How Grammy producer Brown Banister gave Radney ‘permission’ to make the move from Texas to Nashville.
- How roadblocks in his life changed his trajectory.
- What ‘artistic success’ is. Radney says, “It’s about the work”. The insecurity of the business of the arts. What you do about that.
- Funny story about how country artist T.G. Sheppard got his start.
- Radney’s sons and the way their music is evolving, and how they and Radney learned from each other.
- The fascinating creation process for the short stories and songs of Radney’s multimedia project ‘For You To See The Stars’.
- Radney’s journey into acting. The stunt he pulled that got him the part in Kristian Bush’s musical ‘Troubadour’.
- The scare of really losing your voice. The importance of believing it can come back, and doing the work required. The importance of having a village around you, including a small inner circle of accountability and support. The value of having ‘no’ people in your life.
- Radney’s work with young artists, including Kasey Musgraves and MCA artists ‘the Randy Rogers Band’, who Randy is now producing again.
- The impossibility of stopping the creative process, but how important it is to listen to wisdom and change the way you work as you go.
- The screenplay he is writing with his amazingly creative wife Cyndi, which has now been optioned for filming.
- His upcoming promotion activities and performances for the 30 year anniversary of ‘Del Rio 1959’.
More About Radney Foster:
- Radney was born and raised in Texas. He started singing and writing early, and as a young touring musician with long hours on the road between tour stops, he became an avid reader of books by authors such as John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry, and Harper Lee. His reading would influence and inform his writing to come.
- He was signed as part of the hit-making duo ‘Foster & Loyd’, and then as solo artist. In 2015, Radney developed a severe case of pneumonia and laryngitis and was put on 6 weeks of vocal constraint. This roadblock to his singing channeled his creative juices into writing a short story, which became the genesis of his latest endeavor ‘For You To See The Stars’. This is a two-part project: a book of short stories and a CD of songs that correlate to the stories, though both book and CD can also be enjoyed separately.
- So far, Radney has written 8 #1 singles and scores of other songs recorded by artists including Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys. He has also become a successful studio producer and mentor of new artists.
- Radney has successfully delved into a new creative art – acting. He was cast in the starring role of a musical theater production co-written by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and playwright Janece Shaffer called ‘Troubadour’ and appears in the feature film ‘Beauty Mark’.
During the 15 months he was off the road during COVID, he worked on several more different creative projects – cowriting a screenplay with his wife Cyndi and writing and recording a bachelor pad/lounge record with his sons.
- Coming up: 2022 will be the 30th anniversary of “Del Rio, TX 1959,” Radney’s solo debut. He’ll be doing an anniversary tour with surprises in store.
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