Steve Forbert is a true American Troubadour.
His 1978 debut album proclaimed the singer-songwriter Alive on Arrival and indeed, the artist made a strong impression with a set of personal, sometimes gentle, musical reflections on life and love.
Forbert departed Mississippi for New York City in the mid-seventies and managed to carve out a niche in the vibrant club scene of the day, playing famous venues like Gerde’s Folk City and even CBGB’s. That heady period was captured on Alive on Arrival and on Forbert’s 1979 follow-up, Jackrabbit Slim.
Rolling Stone contributing editor, David Wild, recently wrote that “now or then, you would be hard-pressed to find a debut effort that was simultaneously as fresh and accomplished as Alive on Arrival . . . it was like a great first novel by a young author who somehow managed to split the difference between Mark Twain and J.D. Salinger.”
Producer, John Simon, renowned for his collaborations with The Band and Leonard Cohen, shepherded Forbert’s second release, Jackrabbit Slim, to success. Forbert credits Simon with helping him nail “Romeo’s Tune” for the Nashville-recorded album, and the song became the artist’s only Top 20 U.S. hit. (It peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.) Though further chart success has eluded Steve Forbert, he’s continued to write particularly insightful songs and has grown an impressive legacy.
He’s received a Grammy nomination, seen his songs performed by Keith Urban, Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart, and even appeared opposite Cyndi Lauper in her music video for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Forbert continues to tour, both solo and with his band, and has a string of upcoming dates scheduled both in the United States and abroad.
An American Troubadour: The Songs Of Steve Forbert, is out today, via Blue Rose Music and features 21 songs by 22 acts, showcasing Steve’s career of five decades, and the impact he’s had on artists and musicians throughout popular music and culture.
Blue Rose Music’s founder Joe Poletto explains: “Some say that Steve is too young to have a ‘tribute’ record, and I think that’s true because Steve has a lot of music left in him. In my mind, this project is not a tribute but rather a recognition of the spirit of the troubadour in all of those artists who follow their life’s path like Steve does- with purpose and passion.”
John Oates covering I Blinked Once from 1988’s “Streets Of This Town”
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, covering “Romeo’s Tune“, one of Steve’s biggest hits – which reached #11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1980 and is ranked the 60th biggest American hit of 1980 by Music Outfitters.
“It was an honor and memorable experience to create our interpretation of such a lovely and timeless song,” says Nicki. “Thank you Steve for all your years and dedication to music. It is inspiring. May your songs be heard forever.”
- Kelly Fitzgerald – Thinkin’
- John Oates featuring Bekka Bramlett – I Blinked Once
- Elliott Peck – Goin’ Down To Laurel
- David Luning – Steve Forbert’s Midsummer Night’s Toast
- Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers – Romeo’s Tune
- Jim Lauderdale – What Kinda Guy?
- Robert Earl Keen – It Isn’t Gonna Be That Way
- James Maddock – Grand Central Station, March 18, 1977
- Amy McCarley – Cellophane City
- John Popper – You Cannot Win (If You Do Not Play)
- Megan Palmer – Running On Love
- Jesse Bardwell – The Sweet Love That You Give (Sure Goes A Long, Long Way)
- Wes Langlois – I’m In Love With You
- Jackie Greene – If You’re Waiting On Me
- Eric Lindell – January 23-30, 1978
- Gwyneth Moreland – Autumn This Year
- Todd Snider – It Sure Was Better Back Then
- Bill Lloyd – When The Sun Shines
- Jason Crosby – Tonight I Feel So Far Away From Home
- HUGElarge – Rock While I Can Rock
- Tim Bluhm – Search Your Heart