Makes Stop in Sulphur Springs, Saturday Night
by: Bobby McDonald
Country singer/songwriter, Radney Foster, made an appearance in Sulphur Springs on Saturday night and delighted the crowd at Lou Viney's on Main Street. He was the guest of B.J. and Lori Wilkinson and surprised Lori for her 50th birthday party, hosted at the local restaurant. Guests and those enjoying dinner at Lou Viney's enjoyed the selections of music that he provided and the festive atmosphere.
Foster, a silver-haired 53-year-old country traditionalist artist who has penned hits for himself ("Just Call Me Lonesome") and others (Keith Urban's "I'm In," the Dixie Chicks' "Godspeed [Sweet Dreams]"), arrived in town about 4:00 on Saturday afternoon and visited with several of us in Lou Viney's and set-up his sound, before arriving at the party that was scheduled as a surprise for Lori Wilkerson, at 8:00 p.m.
Foster told us about a special project he is working on with several other songwriting artists, Songwriting With: Soldiers, which gives military men and women suffering from PTSD the opportunity to craft music from their pain. The program allows soldiers, returning from war, to attend sessions, where they are helped and encouraged to write about their pain and experiences in war. "Hopefully, this will help these young men and women with the trauma they have suffered, while protecting our freedoms," expressed Radney Foster. "I feel it is the least we can do to show them just how much they are appreciated and how much we value the freedoms they have so dearly fought for!"
Foster entered Lou Viney's from the rear, to complete the surprise, and immediately opened up with several of Lori's favorite songs....including Your Zip Code, Just Call Me Lonesome, Dancin' Shoes, and A Real Fine Place to Start.
Surprisingly, Foster told everyone about his Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County Connections......."My grandmother was a Carothers from Sulphur Springs, so I grew up knowing and visiting here in Sulphur Springs!"
It was a pleasant evening of music, entertainment, and enjoying friends on Main Street, Saturday night, as Radney Foster came to Sulphur Springs and Lou Viney's.