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Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert had his first major hit back in 1979. Thirty-plus years later, he’s still writing acclaimed songs having released 14 studio albums, including a Grammy-nominated tribute to Mississippi legend, Jimmie Rodgers. He has seen his songs performed by the likes of Keith Urban, Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart, been inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Fame - and even appeared opposite Cyndi Lauper in her music video for ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’!
Forbert's debut album, ‘Alive On Arrival’, showcased his unique blend of traditional American roots and pop stylings and became one of the year's most acclaimed records. His second , ‘Jackrabbit Slim’, featured the number 11 Billboard hit ‘Romeo’s Tune’ - which still gets regular airplay on BBC Radio 2. Forbert’s intimate verbal imagery, paired with a roots-rocking musical approach, struck a chord with millions of people during the transitional period between ‘70s folk-rock and ‘80s New Wave.
With his brash-yet-sensitive take on songwriting, Forbert’s unaffected delivery leads to regular sell out shows all over the world. His most recent album ‘Over With You’ was critically well received. “That album is very personal,” Forbert says. “The songs are about what people feel in deep relationships — mainly love and friction.” Ahead of the November release of his brand new studio album ‘Compromised,’ Steve has put together ‘A Safe Past Tense’ a CD collection of studio demos and live recordings recorded between 2010 and 2012. This will be available at shows on his autumn tour – which include dates in Sweden, the UK and the USA.
Forbert is one of the few artists who can mesmerize a crowd with nothing but a distinctive voice, an acoustic guitar and his trusty harmonica slung around his neck, letting the purity of his music stand on its own.
As one reviewer recently remarked, “Forbert is a hardcore troubadour who, artistically speaking, continues to fight the good fight by releasing one excellent album after another and working his ass off show after show to earn every single fan’s loyalty.”
Steve Forbert Videos
Goin' Down To Laurel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPEggl6exC8
I Blinked Once (Classic BBC Archive): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok8TjUU1ml8&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL604BE042691BD7AC