Marcus Foster Show Review Tuesday, Mar 5 2013 


On March 3, I found myself at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California. That night, Saint Rocke would play host to three amazing musicians: Ruston Kelly, Sean Rowe, and Marcus Foster. Though the venue was not fully packed, it buzzed with the audience’s excitement.


The first set of the night belonged to Nashville based Ruston Kelly. With a soulful voice, and obvious skills on the guitar, Ruston Kelly performed an eight song set list for the audience. With a voice reminiscent of Ryan Adams and Jeff Buckley, Ruston Kelly belted out his extremely well-written lyrics. From the toe-tapping Blue Bird to the amazing cover of Gram Parsons Return of the Grievous Angel , Ruston Kelly wowed the audience. It was a memorable performance, by and extraordinary artist who is sure to go far.


Set List:
1. Blue Bird
2. Wishing You Could be Free
3. Cardboard Crown
4. Return of the Grievous Angel
5. Songbird
6. Two
7. 12th Avenue Breakdown


The second artist to perform was the eclectic baritone, Sean Rowe. With a full band and tattered vocals that are similar to Leonard Cohen, Sean Rowe kicked off his set with the hauntingly beautiful Flying. From the very first note, Sean Rowe had the audience fully captivated and cheering for more. Other mesmerizing songs performed by Sean Rowe included Bring Back the Night, Old Black Dodge, and Downwind. It was an inspiring set that ended far too soon.


Set List:
1. Flying
2. Joes Cult
3. Bring Back the Night
4. Old Black Dodge
5. Old Shoes
6. Down Wind

The last performer of the night was soulful British singer Marcus Foster, who was joined by a full band. Marcus Foster got the audience moving when he kicked off his 14 song set with the haunting tune, Shadows of the City. Though his set included minor setbacks in the form of a broken guitar string and a guitar that was not properly tuned, Marcus Foster performed with ease and charm. Some of the songs performed throughout his set include Rushes and Reeds, Draw the Line, I Was Broken, and John Martyn’s I Couldn’t Love You More.

Set List:
1. Shadows of the City
2. Worn Down by Time
3. The Room
4. Rushes and Reeds
5. Strange Woods
6. Wrong Frame of Mind
7. Draw the Line
8. In This Town
9. Don’t Need to Lose you to know
10. I won’t Let Love Get in the Way
11. Watch This City Burn
12. I Was Broken
13. I couldn’t Love You More
14. Old Birch Tree


Overall, the night was filled with addicting music and great company. While the crowd could have been larger, they could not have been more excited about the music that they were allowed to experience. It was an evening that most will hope to experience again, but few ever will.

To check out tour dates, click here.




Featured Event: Marcus Foster 2013 US Spring Tour Saturday, Feb 9 2013 



Hey all!

I have another featured event that i would like to share with you. This event is Marcus Foster’s US spring tour. Opening acts include Sean Rowe, Ruston Kelly, and The Lone Below depending on the show. I have had the pleasure of seeing Marcus Foster play twice in the last year, and it was an amazing experience. Not only does he have amazing vocals and guitar skills, but he is absolutely charming on and off stage.

If one of his shows happen to be in your area, please do yourself a favor and go see his show. The tour begins on February 27th at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA and ends April 13th at the Hard Rock Cafe in Phoenix, AZ. Below is the schedule for his US spring tour. You can find out more and purchase your tickets by clicking here.

Tour Dates:

Wed/Feb-27 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Sun/Mar-03 Hermosa Beach, CA Saint Rocke
Mon/Mar-04 San Diego, CA Casbah
Tue/Mar-05 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Wed/Mar-06 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Fri/Mar-08 Seattle, WA Vera Project
Sat/Mar-09 Vancouver, BC Media Club
Sun/Mar-10 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Tue/Mar-12 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
Wed/Mar-13 Denver, CO Hi Dive
Fri/Mar-15 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Sat/Mar-16 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
Tue/Mar-19 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Wed/Mar-20 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Thu/Mar-21 Columbus, OH Woodlands Tavern
Fri/Mar-22 Pontiac, MI Pike Room
Sat/Mar-23 Toronto, ON Gladstone Hotel(CMW)
Tue/Mar-26 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
Wed/Mar-27 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
Thu/Mar-28 Boston, MA Café 939
Fri/Mar-29 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live Upstairs
Sat/Mar-30 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
Tue/Apr-02 Charlotte, NC Casbah
Wed/Apr-03 Decatur, GA Eddie’s Attic
Thu/Apr-04 Decatur, GA Eddie’s Attic
Fri/Apr-05 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre
Sat/Apr-06 Nashville, TN Exit / In
Sun/Apr-07 Memphis, TN 1884 Lounge
Tue/Apr-09 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
Wed/Apr-10 Dallas, TX The Door
Thu/Apr-11 Austin, TX Red 7
Sat/Apr-13 Phoenix, AZ Hard Rock Café



Top 10 Chrismas Songs (7-5) Sunday, Dec 23 2012 


Thanks for the awesome responses to yesterdays post. Very much appreciated….. So here are songs 7-5…. Hope you enjoy!

7. Enya– Oíche chiúin (Silent Night)

Ok, so I know you’re probably thinking “Oh great, ANOTHER version of Silent Night?”, but I guarantee that won’t bother you once you’ve listened to both versions. Enya’s version of Silent Night is more traditional in its arrangement,but doesn’t over do it. Her voice is clear, smooth, and absolutely beautiful. The fact that it is sung entirely in Gaelic only adds to charm of this version.

6. Marcus Foster– Blue Christmas (Elvis Cover)

Marcus Foster’s version of Elvis’ Blue Christmas is quite spectacular. There’s not much that better than sitting with a hot cup of coffee and listening to Marcus’ ridiculously amazing voice singing Blue Christmas. Listening to this song makes it easier to get through the hectic season.

5. Sam Bradley– Christmas Lights

Now I debated putting Sam Bradley’s version of Let it Snow on this list, because it is amazing, but I chose to go with Christmas Lights. This song is a play off of his song Lights, which is one of my favorite songs from him. It’s a very tongue-in-cheek Christmas song, which is the best kind. Just what the doctor ordered when you become sick of hearing the choir-like versions of every Christmas song.



Take Cover Thursday No. 5 Thursday, Nov 29 2012 

So after a weeklong break, Musically Inspired is back with Take Cover Thursday. For some reason this weeks Take Cover Thursday was a little more diffcult to put together. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy these covers and continue to read. Enjoy…..

Marcus Foster– Couldn’t Love You More (John Martyn)

John Martyn is an amazing artist who has songs that don’t need perfecting. Couldn’t Love You More was always one of those songs for me. It was a song that I had considered “Not to be touched”. That was until I heard Marcus Foster’s version of the song.  Covers like Marcus’ prove that even the greatest of songs can be fine-tuned and perfected if done with respect and passion. Marcus’ soulful voice complements the music and makes the lyrics come to life. You could almost imagine that he was the first one to ever sing this song. Marcus Foster truly did an amazing job with this cover.

Jeff Buckley- Just Like a Woman (Bob Dylan)

The late Jeff Buckley’s cover of Bob Dylan’s Just Like a Woman is one that I have adored for a while. Jeff Buckley’s heart breaking voice and overall arrangement of the song are beautiful.  Out of all the artists who  have covered this wonderful song, Jeff Buckley’s version is by far the most impressive.

Mumford and Sons– Unfinished Business (White Lies)

Mumford and sons version of Unfinished Business was one of the first covers I had heard from them. Though the arrangement is quite different from the original, their version is still quite powerful. Mumford and Sons have an ability to take a song and completely make it their own while still respecting the overall feel of the song. They did a remarkable job at portraying the pain of the lyrics while kicking the arrangement up a notch. This is quite possibly one of my favorite covers from them.

This concludes this weeks edition of Take Cover Thursday. Until next time…