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ABOUT FOR YOU TO SEE THE STARS
This project, a new CD and book, a companion piece, a furthering of the storylines in his songs, was announced some months ago as Sycamore Creek but the Southern literary gods had different ideas and we tend to listen to them around here. I edited Radney’s book by listening to him read in the evenings after supper. Two lap tops, a German Shepherd Dog, and bourbon took their places in our ritual of going through each story. If a writer is good, really good, you can hear the words you’re reading. They speak to you. Radney is that good. His stories have rhythm and cadence and sing from the page. You could say that comes from being a songwriter but I don’t think so. I think that comes from being born to put words on paper.--Shari Smith, Editor
ABOUT RADNEY FOSTER
Singer songwriter Radney Foster has been telling stories professionally for over 35 years. His songs have reached over 50 million people, whether through his own hits ("Crazy Over You," "Just Call Me Lonesome," "Nobody Wins," "Texas in 1880" and "Angel Flight") or those he wrote that became hits for others (Keith Urban's "Raining On Sunday," Sara Evans, "A Real Fine Place To Start," The Dixie Chicks "GodSpeed" and a host of others).
2016 saw him expanding his definition of storytelling. Along with songwriting and performing, he began acting (in the upcoming feature film "Beauty Mark," and onstage at the Alliance Theatre in "Troubadour.")
He also began writing short fiction, taking his focus from 3 minute songs and diving deeper into each story. His new project is a collection of songs, each with a short story to go with it.
The stories are not a retelling of the songs, but rather a companion piece. Sometimes they are based on the storyline, sometimes just on something the lyrics touch on. Often the song talks about what the characters were feeling at the time.
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