The release date is finally here! I have been so fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with so many supremely talented people in this project, and it is very exciting for me to be able to share it with you. Starting on Tuesday, July 16th, you can stream each and every track on my Bandcamp album page or right below on this page! Here is the description of the project from the album page:
Stephen Foster has earned his reputation as the “Father of American Music” by writing and composing songs that have endured for over 150 years. Although many of his songs are still widely recognized today, Foster has a deep catalog of work that reveals his longing and sorrow, yet also a sense of hopefulness.
Having known the song “Hard Times Come Again No More” for many years, I began commonly playing it as a closer to my acoustic sets. My fondness for this song inspired me to research further into both Foster’s catalog, and the man behind the music.
What I discovered was a deep catalog of work that revealed some notable cultural differences between then and now. Even so, it is remarkable how seamlessly many of his songs were able to translate into a modern folk setting.
Through careful selection, I decided on eight of Foster’s songs that I reinterpreted and recorded for a modern audience. My hope is that listeners of this album will discover a newfound appreciation for Foster’s music, and that his timeless songwriting will continue to endure. (Musicians are individually credited on each track.)