The Recording Academy Texas Chapter recently played host for GRAMMYs On The Road at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, held Oct. 12–14 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including GRAMMY-nominated blues artist Ruthie Foster and indie pop/rock sextet Royal Teeth.
Foster discussed the music scene in Austin, Texas, early music education and serving in the U.S. Navy.
"The Austin music scene is about all of these different genres coming together, and that's what makes … this city," said Foster. "That's something [that] I do in my own [music]. I try to bring it a little country, gospel, soul, and reggae."
After attending college in Waco, Texas, Foster joined the U.S. Navy and performed with Pride, the Navy's pop/funk band. Combining elements of gospel, blues, jazz, folk, and soul, she self-released her debut album, Full Circle, in 1997. Foster subsequently signed with Blue Corn Music and released Crossover in 1999. Several albums followed, including 2002's gospel/blues collection Runaway Soul, 2004's folk/pop set Stages and 2007's The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster, the latter of which peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Blues Albums chart. Foster garnered her first GRAMMY nomination in 2009 for Best Contemporary Blues Album for The Truth According To Ruthie Foster. Her latest album, Let It Burn, was released in January and peaked at No. 2 on the Blues Albums chart.
Royal Teeth's Nora Patterson and Gary Larsen discussed their latest single "Wild," music education and their excitement for the 55th GRAMMY Awards.
"The whole vibe of [the GRAMMY Awards] is just perfect," said Larsen. "There's a lot of awards shows, but the GRAMMYs are the biggest for a reason. It just has this presence about it that's just really big."
Formed in southern Louisiana and based in New Orleans, Royal Teeth comprise Stevie Billeaud (guitar), Josh Hefner (percussion), Larsen (vocals/guitar), Patterson (vocals), Andrew Poe (vocals/keyboards/percussion), and Joshua Wells (bass). With a sound spanning pop, rock and electronica, Royal Teeth inked a deal with Dangerbird Records, which rereleased their debut EP, Act Naturally. Released in May, the EP features a cover of the Knife's "Heartbeats" and "Wild," the latter of which has been featured in commercials for State Farm and Buick.