Kenny Foster to Release “It Don’t Work Like That” on 28 May to All Streaming Platforms.
Foster’s stripped-back acoustic rendition of “It Don’t Work Like That” was co-written with Melissa Fuller. This is the third song to be featured in “The Vintage Collection” which are a culmination of demos that, to this point, have only been heard at live shows but have featured some fan favorites. Previous releases include “Lonely Land” (Feb 2021) co-written with Mando Saenz and produced by Mitch Dane, which found a home on the Fresh Folk Playlist and “Love You Now” (Nov 2020), a duet with Mae Estes, which Foster co-wrote with hit songwriter Kirsti Manna (of Blake Shelton’s “Austin”), landing a spot on the Next From Nashville Spotify Playlist.
A Few Words from Kenny about “It Don’t Work Like That”:
“One of the sneakiest trappings of youth is the idea that they have it figured. That they’re invincible. That nothing bad happens to those who have cracked the code, succeeded in some sense, climbed some social ladder, gotten good grades, as if that’s all there is to do with this life and the time we have left.
This is a cautionary tale. A song about the unforeseen blunders of youthful frivolity from a narrator who’s been there/done that.
I’m not bitter at the idea of naivete. I hope everyone gets some semblance of that in their lives, and that they can hold onto it unscathed for as long as possible. I think the thing that really brings me pause is seeing those who have time on their side hell-bent on smashing headfirst into adult decisions that have inescapable and sometimes irreversible consequences.
The best way to avoid regret is to listen to the hard-fought wisdom of those who got it honest.
There’s the way we think things work, and then there’s the way they actually do. Confusing the two is the foundation of human frustration, discord, and strife. Ignore at your own peril. Sooner or later, we all find out that It Don’t Work Like That.”
Kenny has shared the stage with artists including Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Butch Walker, Lady A and countless others. He was named one of the Top 10 New Artists You Need to Know by Rolling Stone and received press in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and Forbes. He has been featured in two Super Bowl commercials with Sheryl Crow and Danica Patrick, respectively. Kenny appeared in numerous episodes of ABC’s “Nashville” and had songs placed in “Extreme Home Makeover” and “Boston Med.” Later this year, Kenny will be featured in an upcoming documentary to air on the BBC alongside artists like Emmylou Harris, Brandy Clark and Jamey Johnson. Kenny is also honored to be included in the CMA Foundation “It Starts with M.E.” National Campaign for Music Education and performed as part of the CMA Songwriter’s Series, alongside songwriting legends Lori McKenna, Marcus Hummon and Lee Thomas Miller as well as fellow emerging star Tenille Townes. Kenny has performed at the highly-acclaimed C2C Festival in London, and was also invited to perform at the launch of C2C Berlin and at the famed Melkweg venue in Amsterdam as support for Hunter Hayes. Kenny headlined an Armed Forces tour to Asia, performing at bases in Guam, Singapore and Diego Garcia, rounding out 2019 by performing in 11 countries.
In addition to writing for himself, Kenny writes with and for a variety of other artists and has cuts from numerous emerging stars in Nashville, including Mae Estes (Best Side), The Young Fables (Half as Good), Sarah Jane Nelson (Sins of the Father). He has received numerous songwriting awards and his work has received recognition in American Songwriter Magazine. He is currently a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition that will result in a performance at MerleFest this September.
Kenny was in the midst of a UK/European tour when the world screeched to a halt due to Covid-19. He decided to put this unexpected time to good use as we waited for the chance to return to life on the road. Kenny partnered with the CMA Foundation to create a songwriting curriculum “So You Want to Write a Song?” and taught an online class for a CMA Foundation partner school. Foster wrote a one-man show called “Troubadour” that we hope to tour in theatres in 2022. Kenny is a long-time partner with the non-profit organization CreatiVets who pair Nashville songwriters with veterans to create a song out of their experiences that tells their story and hopefully provides some catharsis and healing. They released a record of these songs with Big Machine called “Veteran Songs” on July 4th, 2020 which included “Light Like Mine” co-written and performed by Foster. Additionally, Kenny hosted 32 episodes of a weekly online series called “Kuarantine with Kenny” for German promoter, Sound of Nashville, featuring guests like Cam, Drake White, Lindsay Ell and many others.