Smart Bets: Ruthie Foster

Singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster is no stranger to Asheville, having already played a number of venues and a couple of Christmas Jams. Not many women make it onto the Christmas Jam roster, either, but Foster has the kind of chops that warrant hubris, and the kind of good-natured makeup that keeps her humble and relatable. When asked, in her interview, about playing a mix of blues, soul, gospel and reggae, she said, "We try to do it all and have a hallelujah time." Foster's most recent album is Let It Burn, hailed by NPR as "solid originals and surprising covers, along with several stirring collaborations with The Blind Boys of Alabama." Which is why the Texas-based musician is a fine choice to kick off Diana Wortham Theatre's Mainstage season. Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. Seth Walker opens. $15/$25/$30. Photo by John Carricoa


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