Singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster is no stranger to Asheville, having already played a number of venues and a couple of Christmas Jams. Not many women make it onto the Christmas Jam roster, either, but Foster has the kind of chops that warrant hubris, and the kind of good-natured makeup that keeps her humble and relatable. When asked, in her interview, about playing a mix of blues, soul, gospel and reggae, she said, "We try to do it all and have a hallelujah time." Foster's most recent album is Let It Burn
, hailed by NPR as "solid originals and surprising covers, along with several stirring collaborations with The Blind Boys of Alabama." Which is why the Texas-based musician is a fine choice to kick off Diana Wortham Theatre's Mainstage season. Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. Seth Walker opens. $15/$25/$30. http://www.dwtheatre.com. Photo by John Carricoa
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