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 70’s, the singer songwriter genre of the 80’s, influential in developing the concept of “house concert” in the 90’s and internationally appreciated after 20 tours of Europe. With 8 CDs under his belt the future is bright with opportunity to move forward and continue dancing with his creative muse.
If the definitive history of the last three 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, the late B.W. Stevenson and Jerry Jeff Walker. Some might even acknowledge his having been an influence on their own music.
He is one of those special regional songwriters whose work transcends geographic boundaries. Like his friends Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Willis Allen Ramsey, 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.
But history is an unfolding tale and now more than ever, Foster is poised to create a distinctive chapter of his own. His 1991 album, "Artist", along with his 1994 release, "Believin'" are collaborative efforts with Nashville songwriter/producer Rick Beresford. Response to these albums...high praise and strong airplay...serves as a springboard to reassert Foster's influence on world wide appreciation of Texas music.
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 in England, France, coast-to-coast; two albums, T.V. and everything in between. By 1982, the road had taken its toll and Rex put on the brakes.
Since then, he and his wife Kelly have been growing with their beautiful daughter, Rachel. He dedicated the first five years of her life to being home as Papa. During this interlude he developed the trademark jewelry worn by Emmy Lou Harris, Pam Tillis, Roseanne and Johnny Cash, the Bellamy Brothers, Haggard, Jerry Jeff and Rodney Crowell.
And, forever writing 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.