Rex Foster's Story
A Texas Singer-Songwriter with a widely diverse background. Rex was an integral presence in the 60’s psychedelic music revolution, the Texas outlaw music of the ’70s, the singer-songwriter genre of the ’80s, influential in developing the concept of “house concert” in the ’90s and internationally appreciated after 25 tours of Europe. With 9 CDs under his belt, the future is bright with the opportunity to move forward and continue dancing with his creative muse.
If the definitive history of the last five decades of Texas music were published today, Rex Foster would be mentioned by a handful of household names as having been part of the scene. Among them: Gary P. Nunn, Willie Nelson, B.W. Stevenson, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Willis Allen Ramsey, Walt Wilkins, and Kevin Welch.
He is one of those special regional songwriters whose work transcends geographic boundaries. Like his friends Van Zandt, Clark and Wilkins, his work is about things that matter and his delivery is such that audiences can't help but respond and become involved.
He writes and sings about brittle ladies and fine-haired children, raising chickens in high rent ghettos, about freedom and its abuse, lives on the loose and even about a short ride with a dark-hearted Jesus! And that's just for starters.
There was a time of dues-paying...a thousand gigs, a million nights, playing with everyone and playing alone. Touring with Merle Haggard, touring alone; on the move touring Ireland with Peter Rowan; coast-to-coast America; T.V. and everything in between. By 1982, the road had taken its toll and Rex put on the brakes.
In 1972, Rex started developing his trademark jewelry worn by Emmy Lou Harris, Pam Tillis, Roseanne and Johnny Cash, the Bellamy Brothers, Haggard, Jerry Jeff, Rodney Crowell, Brooks, Dunn, and Sting. Rex combines fine metals with ancient woolly mammoth and walrus tusk artifacts to continue the reverence of life. View his work at https://rexfosterjewelry.com/.
With his 9th album "Heart" being released in 2019, Foster is enjoying an energetic infusion of his new songs into his world tour.
And, forever writing new songs, it seems. Haunting, evocative songs. Some as flinty as his Hill Country origins. Some sly and rude. Some elusive as smoke. Some to wear home. All of them label-resistant. And, all of them crowd pleasers in the hands of a very capable, maybe even great performer whose peers are moved to heartfelt admiration.