Friday Five: Radney Foster

Juli Thanki | July 20th, 2012

One of our favorite Texans, Radney Foster, turns 53 today. Numerous country artists, including Sara Evans, The Mavericks, and Brooks & Dunn have recorded songs that Foster has written or co-written over the years. Here are five of my favorites.

5. The Kinleys – “I’m In”

Whether it’s Foster’s 1998 original with Abra Moore or The Kinleys’s 2000 recording, this giddy and infectious song puts a smile on my face. Keith Urban’s version is arguably the weakest of the three, but his take on “I’m In,” as well as his fine cover of “Raining on Sunday,” have certainly earned Foster a decent amount of mailbox money over the past decade.


4. Dixie Chicks – “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)”

This song, which Foster wrote for his young son to listen to when the two were separated, beats any other lullaby out there. Put it on “repeat” in your kid’s room and maybe you’ll be able to avoid reading Goodnight Moon five times a night.


3. Rosie Flores – “Bring It On”

Foster and the Rockabilly Filly make a great songwriting pair; and they sound good together too on this duet from Flores’ 1999 record Dance Hall Dreams.


2. New Grass Revival – “Love Someone Like Me”

Foster and Holly Dunn wrote this one, which appears on Dunn’s 1987 album, Cornerstone, but you can’t beat this version from John Cowan and crew, released in 1986.


1. Pam Tillis – “I’ve Seen Enough to Know”

This Foster/Tillis cut can be found on Tillis’ Put Yourself in My Place, a fantastic album featuring songwriters like Harlan Howard and modern classics like “Maybe It Was Memphis.” Over 20 years later, it remains one of my favorite Tillis songs, as it tells the story of a pair, awkward as “a couple of left-footed dancers,” who are slowly becoming something more as “signs of a real love” start to appear between them.

  1. bob
    July 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Good songs especially “Godspeed” and “I’m In”. I like Urban’s version of the latter better than the Kinley’s but the best version I’ve heard is by Radney’s co-writer Georgia Middleman. Unfortunately, she hasn’t recorded it. Right now she’s touring as a Blue Sky Rider with Gary Burr and Kenny Loggins.

    Other Radney favorites:

    “Half of My Mistakes” written with Bobby Houck
    “Nobody Wins” with Kim Richey
    “Just Call Me Lonesome” with George Dukas

  2. sunsetpark
    July 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Excellent choice for a Friday Five! From his Foster & Lloyd period I like Leavin in Your Eyes and Texas in 1880, although I’m not sure what role he had in writing those two. Nobody Wins, Raining on Sunday, Godspeed, and I’m In are favorites also. He’s written some fine songs.

  3. Ben Foster
    July 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Great picks! Especially love “Godspeed” and “I’ve Seen Enough to Know.” Also a big fan of Evans’ “A Real Fine Place to Start” and Foster’s hit “Nobody Wins.” All great tunes.

  4. TX Music Jim
    July 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Radney is a joy to behold live he is a amazing writer but does not get his due as a performer. Just call me lonesome is a classic.

  5. Rick
    July 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Now that Kim Richey has moved back to Nashville after living in England for a few years, I wish she and Radney would get back together and cook up another Del Rio Texas style album!

  6. luckyoldsun
    July 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I once got a CD of his called “Another Way to Go”–or something like that. I ordered it and put it on in the car. Every song seemed to have some cascading, blaring “hook.” After about the sixth song with another manipulative crescendo of crappola, it became so unbearable that I was overcome with an uncontrollable urge to pop the disc out of the player and fling it out the window like a frisbee at 70 mph! That’s the last Radney Foster CD I ever bought.

    But “Del Rio, Texas” was a good album. I’ll grant you that.

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