Drawing inspiration from everyday people and the stories of their lives, singer-songwriter Radney Foster has entertained audiences with his storytelling for over 30 years. Foster grew up in Del Rio, and says that was the impetus for booking his upcoming show at the Uvalde Grand Opera House.
“I have lots of family, friends and fans in Uvalde,” said Foster, “I can’t wait to see the opera house – William Beckmann, also from Del Rio, is opening for me, so it should be a fun show.”
His performance is slated Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“Part of being a songwriter is being a storyteller,” said Foster. “Lately, I’ve been expanding my storytelling to include short fiction.”
His latest project, “For You to See the Stars” is a book of short fiction and a CD featuring songs inspired by the stories.
The 10-track album was recorded at the historic Nashville Sound Emporium and was produced by Will Kimbrough, who also sings and plays instruments on the record. It’s Foster’s 11th album.
Throughout his career, Foster said he’s been influenced the most by Rodney Crowell and Guy Clark. His current favorite artists include Hayes Carll, Sunny Sweeney, Jamie Lin Wilson – who resides in nearby D’Hanis – and William Beckham.
He’s recently broadened his horizons by starring in the world premier of “Troubadour” at Atlanta’s Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre.
Reflecting on some of his favorite moments in his career, Foster said standout moments happen “every time I’m on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry.”
Tickets, which range from $30-$40, for his upcoming concert can be purchased online at uvaldeoperahouse.org, or in person at the Uvalde Grand Opera House, 104 W. North Street, Uvalde. For more information, call 830-278-4184.