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The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

Radney Foster on Writing, Reading, and Redemption

Artist Radney Foster

Just finished the book myself and it's definitely a fine read...as I am a huge fan of his songwriting, I'm not surprised by the quality of his writing, but there is a lot of humanity in his stories..."Bridge Club" as an example...my wife and I have probably had a hundred conversations about our personal reminiscences of that particular day...and how it ties into what we experienced our memories of the day in question?  His stories have a lot of recognizable human experiences in them, and there is redemption or a search for it in each/all of them...Shari Smith is correct...Radney does write a pretty sentence.

I saw him in concert last Saturday night too in Indianapolis...suffice it to say his voice has recovered completely, and the new songs take their place as equals alongside the others in his catalog...he's still a damned fine perfomer and songwriter too...

Both book and record...I recommend them highly...and thanks Henry for another enjoyable Reading Room!