Greetings, My name is Bill Foster.
I am a musician based in the Northern Shenandoah Valley town of Strasburg, Virginia. I play guitar and mandolin and sing lead and harmony vocals.
Currently you can find me playing each Thursday at Hotel Strasburg's Depot Lounge. Additionally, I co-host the Sunday acoustic Open Mic at Cristina's Cafe in Strasburg.
While my primary interest has been Bluegrass music which I have followed since the early 1970's, I also enjoy other genres of music, ie. Classic Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Americana, Singer/Songwriter.
Since the summer of 2017 I have been Program Director for the on-line radio station
Bell Buckle Radio, a station owned by Valerie Smith of Bell Buckle, Tennessee. I also produce my own program Foster's Corner heard on the same station.
I have played with a number of bands. From 2006 through 2010, I was a member of Strasburg, Virginia's Five of a Kind Bluegrass Band. Prior to that, from 2000 to 2005, I was a member of SW Florida's Swinging Bridge band.
Over the years some other bands I have been with were DC area's New River Express, Winterwood and Outer Banks.
Since 1995, I have been a contributing writer for Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and currently write their "Additional Releases" column. Also since 1995 I have been a professional member of the IBMA - International Bluegrass Music Association and I am a 2004 graduate of their Leadership Bluegrass program.
From December 1985 thru February 2017, I was a part-time producer/host of Bluegrass music programs on "WAMU's Bluegrass Country". Starting with Bluegrass Overnight in 1985, I co-hosted the program until 1999 when I moved to Florida. Upon moving back to Virginia in 2006, I rejoined the overnight hosts until 2007 when the overnight show was discontinued. I created Foster's Corner which started as a monthly program and soon became a weekly show. With the change in station ownership, I stopped the program in February 2017.
I was an emcee at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival in Woodstown, NJ from 2013 to 2019
From January 2015 to September 2017, I was co-owner of the now-closed ShenRiver Music Group music publishing company.
I also have a small web site company with a few clients, Bill's Web Services.