I just got a hell of a work out in. The playlist? Frank Foster.
A lot of country fans may not know the name, but they should. Frank is the definition of country with a fan base as loyal as any in the business.
Frank Foster embodies musical independence at its highest level. He not only has taken the road less traveled, but the road almost never traveled. Acting as his own record label, management, booking agency and publishing company, he has managed to find success that some major label artist may never find. This rural Louisiana native and former oilfield man has taken his songs from the campfire to the coliseum seemingly overnight, all the while gaining a following of fans whose loyalty is unmatched.
His musical journey started in 2011 with the release of his first album Rowdy Reputation. To follow that up, in the late summer of 2012, he released his second album Red Wings and Six Strings. Each and every song from both of those albums have become nightly sing-a-longs at his shows. Foster’s third album, Southern Soul, was released in 2013 and debuted at #11 on the Billboard Country Charts confirming that his popularity is continuing to soar to new heights. His fourth album, Rhythm and Whiskey, continued to expand his fan base. Album five is Boots on the Ground, and is country as dirt. He’s a singer, a songwriter and his own boss. He refuses to let anyone water down his kind of country music. If he lives it, he writes it; if he writes it, he sings it; if he sings it, he believes it. Frank Foster is a true original.
If you’re more of the mainstream fan, think of his sound as Justin Moore meets Randy Houser meets Lynyrd Skynyrd. I’ve been listening to him for years, and you should start too. Believe it or not, there still are guys out there singing the country music you’re used to from years past. Frank sticks to his guns, and plays from the heart. He plays country music. He is country music.
Hear one of my favorites, “Blue Collar Boys,” below.