High-powered folk blues singer Ruthie Foster will appear at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Foster blends blues, folk, gospel revival and soul with heartfelt lyrics and a voice that rings with joy.

The ascendant folk blues star, whose astonishing voice has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin, came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas. Foster's list of achievements include Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards; 2012 and 2009 Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary Blues Album; the 2010 Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year; the 2013 Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Blues Artist of the Year (female); and recent Blues Music Award wins for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year.

Her first two albums established Foster as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter in the Austin scene and caught the attention of Texas independent label Blue Corn Music. Since then, she has released seven albums on that label including two live albums.

Foster, a main stage performer at the 2008 North Atlantic Blues Festival, has collaborated on stage with artists ranging from Bonnie Raitt to The Allman Brothers and Susan Tedeschi; and has recorded tracks with Warren Haynes, Big Head Todd and The Blind Boys of Alabama, among others.

Tickets are $25, general admission. The Strand lobby and balcony bars are open for all concerts for those 21 and older. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.