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A West Texas storyteller’s enduring country music
As a young West Texas musician, Radney Foster spent the lengthy drives between tour stops reading John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry and Harper Lee. More than 30 years of artist cuts later, there is no question that Radney himself is an established storyteller. Whether it’s navigating the ever-changing music industry or battling a sudden illness – Radney definitely has stories to tell. In 2015, the legendary songwriter got the diagnosis every musician fears – a severe case of pneumonia and laryngitis. During a grueling six weeks of vocal constraint, Radney’s writing side took over in the form of a short story inspired by the song, “Sycamore Creek,” and the idea for a new endeavor was born. For You to See the Stars is a project that includes a book and a CD. The book is a collection of fictional short stories based on Radney’s upbringing on the Mexican border in Del Rio. The beauty of the CD/book combo lives within Radney’s extensive imagery, which not only further expands the meaning behind his songs, but gives a glimpse into the thought process behind his songwriting. Among the songs is “Raining on Sunday,” co-written with Darrell Brown, which became one of Keith Urban’s top Billboard singles. Radney has written eight number-one hit singles, including his own “Nobody Wins” and “Crazy Over You” with duo Foster & Lloyd. His discography contains countless cuts by artists ranging anywhere from country (Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to contemporary (Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys). Highly recognized and accomplished in the music world, Radney also recently starred in the world premiere of Troubadour at Atlanta’s Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre and appears in the upcoming feature film, Beauty Mark.