Ruthie Foster

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Blues music has a rich history of queer singers going all the way back to stars like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. Foster’s own Grammy-nominated tunes blend folk, jazz, gospel, country, and – yes – blues, sticking her in both Contemporary and Traditional award categories. She learned her trade from a combination of church piano and touring with a band during her stint in the Navy, a history that she shares (along with her sexual orientation) in her album The Truth According to Ruthie Foster. Although her initial success was with a more folk sound, she has since transitioned back to her blues roots.

Her homepage, complete with a music section containing several streaming songs, can be found here. For a full 20 minutes of Foster’s music, click here.

 

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