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Radney Foster honors his father through charity concert

John R. Foster Scholarship Fund benefits St. Luke's Episcopal School

Radney Foster is one of the hardest working singer/songwriters going, but he always makes time for one thing near and dear to him that takes place under the lights of a San Antonio stage.

In a hallway at St. Luke's Episcopal School, Foster shares his music, memories and stories of a man whose legacy lives on at St. Luke's through its students.

"He was my best friend and I miss him all the time," Foster said.

When Foster's parents moved from Del Rio to San Antonio, they became involved with St. Luke's Church and the school. When Foster's father, John R. Foster, passed away five years ago, Radney Foster was asked to hold a charity concert in his father's name. It's a concert the entertainer will never forget.

"It was emotional for me because of so many memories of my dad," Radney Foster said. "And it had not been long since he passed away, so that was really close to the bone and there were several songs that I sang that I couldn't help but think in the moment of my dad, and so those got tough."

The concert launched the John R. Foster Service Scholarship Fund. Over the years, friends like Jack Ingram, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison have helped Radney Foster and St. Luke's raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The man who plays hundreds of shows a year knows an upcoming concert will be unlike any other because it carries his father's name.

"Me having an opportunity to honor him and to give back at the same time, is really something he would be proud of," Radney Foster said. "It's something he said all the time. 'If you ever feel down, go do something good for somebody else and you'll be amazed at how much better you feel.'"

Radney Foster, Randy Rogers and Charlie Robison will perform the benefit concert at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre on April 4. Tickets are available by clicking here.

To see the full interview, click here.


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