The Kenny Foster Interview
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
Kenny Foster is a rising independent artist based in Nashville, Tennessee, who has shared the stage with artists including Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion, Lady Antebellum, Marc Broussard, Butch Walker, Buddy Miller and countless others.
Named one of the Top 10 New Artists You Need to Know by Rolling Stone, Kenny has appeared in numerous episodes of ABC's "Nashville" and had songs placed in US TV shows like "Extreme Home Makeover" and "Boston Med."
He returns to the UK following a successful 2017 tour.
With a special performance planned at Harrogate's Warehouse Recording Co on March 23, we caught up with Kenny and asked him what songs make you...
Callin' Baton Rouge by Garth Brooks - If you can listen to that song and not smile, then you may want to get your heart checked because that song just feels. So. Good.
"Is it Real?" by Andy Gullahorn is a well-crafted, light-hearted yet deadly serious tune that always gets me thinking about something else. I love good writing in that it takes someone else's story and incited other lives in your own. Andy is a master at this.
There's too many to list, honestly. [Laughs] But for reasons I can't explain "The Ballad of Jody Baxter" by Andrew Peterson is what pops up to me. It is so heartbreakingly beautiful, and poetic, and I'm not even the little boy in the tune, but in a sense, we're all the little boy in the tune. Great writing and production here.
"Super 8" by Jason Isbell is just such a clever, picture-painting rock and roll tune. So unabashed in the way that he is wont to be, and hilarious. It's like you're there, and you don't wanna die either.
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The entire Third Eye Blind self-titled record. It is High School to me. Semi-Charmed Life, London, Losing a Whole Year are all insta-jams. But the heartfelt deep cuts of Motorcycle Drive-by and God of Wine were formative in my adolescence. This record can send me back from the opening riff to the last.
Any Nickel Creek record, but specifically, their self-titled Nickel Creek. They've got some instrumentals on there, and some slow jams, and a good all around sense of melody. There's no percussion on the album, and so it lends itself to swimming away on a breeze without falling into a trance or feeling too pumped up.
Death and All of His Friends by Coldplay - This song. My goodness. It starts so unassuming. Almost loving. And when it starts to drive you're happy for the changes (both mood and time signature) but by the time the 'Coldplay signature' beat and guitar lines are achieved, that lyric: "No, I don't wanna battle from beginning to end, I don't wanna cycle or recycle revenge, I don't wanna follow death and all of his friends." Its just. It's everything.
Love Shack by the B-52s. I have turned heads at wedding receptions all across the country when this tune hits the speakers. It's like another side of me shows up. I like that guy. In small doses, anyway. But that guy does not give a *$%&!
The Kenny Foster Interview, 12th February 2018, 10:54 AM