Radney Foster will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his album Del Rio, TX, 1959 by releasing Del Rio, Texas, Revisited: Unplugged and Lonesome. The album will be released on Radney’s own Devil’s River Records on August 14. Fans can pre-order an autographed copy at radneyfoster.com.
Del Rio, TX, 1959 showcased Radney as a songwriter with hits “Just Call Me Lonesome,” “Nobody Wins,” and “Easier Said Than Done.” Two decades later, Del Rio, TX Revisited: Unplugged and Lonesome will reinvent the album as an acoustic collection.
“This time everyone was in the same room, with live takes with no fixes and no headphones,” Steve Fishell, who produced the original Del Rio and played guitars on Revisited, said. “We have all new tempos and new grooves. Imagine the original version of Eric Clapton’s ‘Layla’ compared to his 1992 live unplugged version and you’ll get the idea.”
Radney went into the studio in early March with the Dixie Chicks’ Martie McGuire (fiddle), Jon Randall Stewart (guitar), Glenn Fukunaga (doghouse bass), Michael Ramos (keyboard) and Steve Fishell (dobro). Their goal was to loosen all restraints and let feeling guide their playing.
“Things worked out beyond my wildest expectations,” Radney said. “Twenty years ago, I worried about every single detail. With this new record, you have these incredible musicians doing surprising things on the fly. There’s a looseness yet remarkable precision.”
“I don’t do a lot of sessions, but I was so flattered when Radney asked me,” Martie McGuire said. “I actually had the original Del Rio on cassette and it’s one of the handful of records in my life that I really, honestly wore out. When I went back and listened to the tunes, I knew all the words and chords. This record sounds very Texas in the chord progressions and the licks and these songs feel like how I learned to play fiddle. I felt very at home.”
“It was really fun to have Martie’s feminine perspective,” Radney continued. “The timbre of her voice and the richness of the tone that she gets out of the fiddle is remarkable. She has this way of playing things that sound deceptively simple, but she’s putting a lot of emotion into the notes. When she and Jon Randall started playing bluegrass tunes in the studio before anything happened, I thought, ‘This is gonna work!’”
Del Rio, TX Revisited: Unplugged and Lonesome may be comprised of songs first recorded 20 years ago, but for Radney, the songs on are timeless. “These songs are still as real to me,” he said. “They take on different meanings because it is 20 years later, but the stories still resonate.”
Over the last 20 years, Radney’s songs have been cut by stars like Keith Urban, Sara Evans, the Dixie Chicks and Gary Allan. He has several tour dates planned throughout the remainder of the year in support of his new project.