Glen Foster has release a brand new live album called Feelin’ Alive
When it comes to taking control of a room, Canadian folk-rock veteran Glen Foster is a master. And now, he’s got a brand new live album to demonstrate that; Feelin’ Alive is available now.
In late February of last year, about a month before the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic shut down the world, Glen Foster and friends — known professionally as the Glen Foster Group — presented a full-throttle live concert to an intimate crowd of just over 150 people at the Christ Community Church in his hometown of Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island.
Now, as Canadians are quickly becoming fully vaccinated, Glen has released this epic, 80-minute concert as his first-ever live album. It features 14 cuts spanning his entire back-catalogue, and two bonus tracks recorded from the studio floor — “Friends Like That” and “Three Man Band.”
Whether you’re familiar with Glen or not, Feelin’ Alive is a perfect showcase of his talents and capabilities; his signature folk-rock sound paired with a mesmerizing stage presence, his master songwriting abilities and the roar of a devoted and enchanted crowd are all the proof you’ll need.
Reminiscing on the performance quality of the gig, Glen said the band had been working steadily leading up to the gig.
“My voice was in peak form and the band was playing great,” he said. “It worked out perfectly that we had recorded that concert and were due to release a new album soon.”
In Glen’s 40-plus-year career, he’s released not only this stunning new live record and singles like the aforementioned “Three Man Band” — which was written as a stirring tribute to CCR’s John Fogerty — but eight fully-original studio albums, which include 2020’s Not Far Away, the Party Out There Tonight EP (2019) and his 1982 breakthrough, Walk into the Mirror, released with his former band, The Falcon.
Proud of his efforts and looking forward to getting back on stage, Glen said they’re “so glad to be back playing some live gigs this summer after the long COVID-19 layoff.
“We have [this] brand new album and single to share, and I’m also releasing a Christmas album later this year…
“I don’t have time to not be busy,” he quipped.
Glen is simply a “do-it-all-myself” kind of guy. Whether working the fretboard or the microphone, he makes it all look easy. Of course, easy is easier said than done; it only comes with decades of blood, sweat, toil and tears. Glen knows that first-hand.
For Glen, music is a lifelong labour of love. He grew up on a balanced diet of guitar bands like the Ventures and Santo and Johnny, pop icons like the Beatles and Beach Boys, and singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Paul Simon. He’s criss-crossed the country with countless bands, backing Ray Materick of “Linda, Put the Coffee On” fame and fronting The Falcon. He’s gigged with everyone from Lighthouse, Dr. Hook and Stan Rogers to Valdy and Sammy Hagar.
On top of playing gigs all across the world, he’s been an instrument repairman, salesman and teacher — just to name a few of his day jobs. He was even a music student with two silver medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Fans itching for more original music from this Canadian legend can also look forward to his upcoming Christmas-themed album, The Spirit of Christmas, due out this November.
In the meantime, Feelin’ Alive is available now!