HICKORY — Singer-songwriter Radney Foster has been penning hits for decades for well-known artists, including Luke Bryan, Hootie and The Blowfish and Los Lonely Boys.
His unique storytelling and musical talent will be featured as Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes Foster for the Visiting Writers Series on Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.
The event, sponsored by Café Rule, also will raise funds from VIP ticket sales to benefit the Hickory chapter of the American Cancer Society. A private pre-performance reception, reserved seating for the Visiting Writers segment, and post-performance intimate storyteller concert and book signing is available for $75 for one ticket or $125 for two tickets. These events will accompany the regular Visiting Writers event that is free.
A songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, Foster made his recording debut as part of the Foster and Lloyd duo, recording three studio albums with nine singles on the country charts. Foster began his solo career in 1992 and his album “Del Rio, TX 1959” produced four consecutive Top 40 hits. Overall, Foster has had 13 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the top 10 hits “Just Call Me Lonesome” and “Nobody Wins.”
“For You to See the Stars” is Foster’s recent album and is a project comprised of two parts — a book and a CD. The book is a collection of short stories published by Working Title Farm. Even though the stories are fiction, they are informed by Foster’s upbringing on the Mexican border in Del Rio, Texas.
During the presentation, Shari Smith, publisher, founder, and director of Working Title Farm, will interview Foster. Smith considers Catawba County home, specifically Claremont, which is the subject of her book, “I Am a Town.” She is the force behind Working Title Farm, an artist’s collective and the publishing imprint of River’s Edge Media she operates from Boone.
For information or to redeem general admission tickets, visit lr.edu/VWS or call the L-R box office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 828-328-7206. To buy tickets for the private reception and concert that benefit the fundraiser, visit visitingwriters.eventbrite.com.