The Real Thing
D. A. Foster
Review By David Bowling
I hadn’t thought of the Shaboo Inn for years. Back in my single days when I had hair, I frequented the Shaboo on a number of occasions as I lived about 30 minutes away. During it’s 11 year existence, it was the home of about 3000 concerts. It had a capacity of about 1000 but managed to attract a number of well-known artists early in their careers including Aerosmith (four nights for $700 and four cases of beer), The Police, Tom Waits, Journey, Hall & Oates, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, AC/DC, Hall & Oates, and hundreds more.
David “Lefty” Foster was in his 20’s at the time but was a co-owner of the Inn. It was blues artists such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, and T-Bone Walker with whom he developed a closeness and was often invited up on state.
In 1979 he formed the Shaboo All Stars and set out on his own musical journey. He is about to release his new album, The Real Thing.
Foster is a blues singer pure and simple. He is also an interpreter of songs. Whether it’s Brook Benton’s “Lie To Me,” Eddie Hinton’s “Super Lover,” Jerry Lyn Williams “The Real Thing.” or George Henry Jackson’s “Down Home Blues” he moves them over to a blues format.
C.A. Foster has created a lot of memories for many music lovers. The Real Thing should add a few more.