Ruthie Foster has been cutting her own unique path across the musical landscape for some time now, having released her debut album all the way back in 1997. For Foster, however, her unique mixture of blues, folk, and a rollicking rock swagger has made her one of the most enduring artists on the blues landscape today, her notoriety increasing with each passing release, culminating in her 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album for her acclaimed disc, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster.
Earlier this year, Foster put out the powerful, potent new effort Let It Burn, which features some of her most confident performances to date: direct, personal, and emotionally on-point. Here, she does an a capella rendition of the folk standard “The Titanic” while also finding time to collaborate with the Blind Boys of Alabama. It’s a staggeringly powerful work, and one that Foster is more than excited to take out on the road.
As such, Foster found some time to answer PopMatters’ 20 Questions, here discussing how a borrowed drum set from Texas changed her life, why she’d love an audience with Stephen Hawking, and why exactly she sees herself in Jerry the mouse of Tom & Jerry fame . . .