Foster & Lloyd

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Foster & Lloyd
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Years active1986–1990, 2010–present
LabelsRCA Nashville, Effin El
MembersRadney Foster
Bill Lloyd
Radney Foster

Foster & Lloyd is an American country music duo consisting of singer-songwriters Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd. After pairing up in 1986, the duo recorded three albums for RCA Nashville, charting nine singles on the Billboard country charts. The highest-peaking of these was their debut single "Crazy Over You", a No. 4 hit in 1987. After disbanding in 1990, Foster and Lloyd began solo careers. They reunited in 2010 to release a fourth studio album.

Description and history[edit]

The tandem consists of Radney Foster (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Bill Lloyd (harmony and occasional lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitars).

They met while employed at MTM publishing in Nashville.[1] They co-wrote the country hit "Since I Found You" in 1986 for Sweethearts of the Rodeo before obtaining their own record deal.[2] Their self-titled debut LP produced five hit singles on the U.S. Billboard country music charts. Follow-up albums, Faster & Llouder (1989) and Version of the Truth (1990) were less successful. After the third record, they parted ways and embarked on solo careers.[2] They reunited in 2010 and released a fourth studio album in May 2011.

In 1987, while still a member of the duo, Lloyd released his debut solo album, Feeling the Elephant.[3] The album's power pop style greatly differed from that of Foster & Lloyd, and was critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful.[4] Following the disbanding of the group, Lloyd released a second album, Set to Pop.[5]


They were hailed by critics for their tasteful blend of popular country and rock and roll. Foster described their style "a country garage band" which is "harking back to what was best in music in the '50s and '60s and making it part of the '80s."[6][7] Their musical style combined Foster's plainspoken lyrics with Lloyd's virtuoso guitar licks and power pop sensibilities.[1]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
Foster & Lloyd 33
Faster & Llouder
  • Release date: April 4, 1989
  • Label: RCA Nashville
44 142
Version of the Truth
  • Release date: May 12, 1990
  • Label: RCA Nashville
It's Already Tomorrow
  • Release date: May 17, 2011
  • Label: 'Effin 'Ell Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Title Album details
The Essential Foster and Lloyd
  • Release date: April 16, 1996
  • Label: RCA Records


Year Single Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1987 "Crazy Over You" 4 Foster & Lloyd
"Sure Thing" 8 8
"Hard to Say No"[8]
1988 "Texas in 1880" 18
"What Do You Want from Me This Time" 6 17
"Fair Shake" 5 5 Faster & Llouder
1989 "Before the Heartache Rolls In" 43 46
"Suzette" 48 52
1990 "Is It Love" 43 26 Version of the Truth
"Can't Have Nothin'" 38 59 Version of the Truth (re-issue)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country
1990 "Tomorrow's World" Various artists 74 Single only

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1987 "Crazy Over You" Richard Kooris
"Hard to Say No"
1988 "Texas in 1880" Steve Boyle
"What Do You Want from Me This Time"
1989 "Before the Heartache Rolls In"
"Fat Lady Sings"
"Suzette"[9] Dean Lent
1990 "Is It Love" Michael Salomon/Bud Schaetzle
"Tomorrow's World" (Various) Gustavo Garzon
"Can't Have Nothin'" Marius Penczner
2011 "It's Already Tomorrow" Steve Boyle


  1. ^ a b Builta, David. "Radney Foster's hit moves up on charts." Del Rio News-Herald 29 Sept 1987: 8
  2. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Foster & Lloyd biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  3. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Bill Lloyd: Feeling the Elephant". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  4. ^ Murray, Noel (11 October 2012). "A beginners' guide to the heyday of power-pop, 1972-1986". The AV Club. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Set to Pop - Bill Lloyd". AllMusic.
  6. ^ Thomas, Ann. "Del Rioan Radney describes basis for unique sound of Foster & Lloyd music." Del Rio News-Herald 16 Apr 1988: 7
  7. ^ Builta, David. "Del Rioan Radney Foster Makes Good in Nashville." Del Rio News-Herald 8 Mar 1987: 3
  8. ^ "RCA Duo On Freeway To Success" (PDF). Billboard. November 14, 1987.
  9. ^ "New Videoclips" (PDF). Billboard. September 9, 1989.

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