Local Music: Ruthie Foster

Perhaps no one best embodies the blues genre quite like Ruthie Foster. Born in rural Gause, TX, she began her musical career in an unexpected way--by enlisting in the Navy and joining the branch's Pride group. Her incredible skill was recognized by several record companies, including Atlantic Records in New York. However, seeing that she'd have to sacrifice her authenticity for her record deal, Foster walked away and returned back to Texas. Since then, she has released five albums, been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Blues Album, and is gearing up to release her sixth album, Joy Comes Back.