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Start from Here (Christmas 2014)

Those who have followed Ruthie Foster's eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas. Ruthie’s list of achievements include Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards, a 2012 and 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album, the 2010 Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year and recent Blues Music Award wins for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. ruthiefoster.com
With Featured Artist Ruthie Foster

Recorded live December 2014 at The Carillon on Exposition, Austin, TX

Thomas Burritt, Percussion
Additional piano / vocal performances by Craig Hella Johnson. Arrangements not otherwise noted are by Craig Hella Johnson.


  1. The Lone, Wild Bird / Let Me Call You Sweetheart / You… You / Veni, Veni, O Oriens (Southern Harmony / Leo Friedman / Leslie Bricusse / Plainsong)
  2. Tryin’ Times (Leroy Hutson, Donny Hathaway)
  3. Like as the Hart (Herbert Howells)
  4. This Is to Mother You (Sinead O’Connor)
  5. Brand New Day (Ruthie Foster)
  6. We Need a Little Christmas / Love Came Down at Christmas / Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Jerry Herman / Traditional Irish / J.Z. Beecher)
  7. Amuworo ayi out nwa (Nigerian carol, arr. Christian Onyeji)
  8. Rise Up My Love, My Fair One (Healey Willan)
  9. Love’s In Need of Love Today (Stevie Wonder)
  10. Yedid Nefesh (Hebrew Chant)
  11. The End of Me / It Is Well With My Soul (Joel Hanson, Jason Gray / Phillip P. Bliss)
  12. Trusty and True (Damien George Rice)
  13. Song of Gratitude (Craig Hella Johnson)
  14. More Like Falling in Love (Jason Gray, Jason Ingram)
  15. Almost Like Being in Love (Frederick Loewe)
  16. Exactly Like You (Jimmy McHugh)
  17. I Love Your Lovin’ Ways (Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus)
  18. Maybe God is Tryin’ to Tell You Something (Quincy Jones)
  19. Blue Christmas (Billy Hayes, Jay Johnson)
  20. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane)
  21. Ukuthula / Give Me Love / Let There Be Peace on Earth (Traditional South African, arr. Markus Schlaf / George Harrison / Sy Miller, Jill Jackson)
  22. We Clasp the Hands (Craig Hella Johnson)
  23. I Could Have Danced All Night (Frederick Loewe, arr. Craig Hella Johnson)