the mid-'70s, Steve Forbert left his truck-driving days in the small town
of Meridian, Mississippi, to become a folk hero in the giant metropolis
of New York City. Armed with just a guitar and a harmonica, he managed
to cause a stir in NYC amid the flash and clatter of the emerging New Wave.
Albums like "Alive on Arrival" and "Jackrabbit Slim", which featured the
hit "Romeo's Tune," established him as the fresh face of the folk-rock
scene. Unfortunately, fallings out with record labels followed closely
on the heels of his early success.
to Nashville in the mid-'80s, Forbert pressed on with his songs and a loyal
audience that stood by their man. "I know that I'll keep playing
and writing songs," he explains, regardless of the level of his fame or
success. "This is what I do. I'll just keep doing it as long as I can."
"When I make
a record," Forbert says, "I want to completely capture who I am at that
time. I just want to make something that is no-apologies-me.
Personally, I leave a lot of things on my records that are
as in human. It's what makes Forbert's songs so unique, so disarming, so
universally true. With the right lyric, Forbert can turn your
head with just a whisper.
skill is his ability to write about everyday loves, losses, regrets, and
hopes and to channel the best of folk, rock, country, and R&B into
his uniquely American sound.
a complex yet plainspoken artist who puts his heart on the line in each
song. His ability to continue to write compelling songs and
to stay fresh rests on his uncanny perspective that it's about the music,
not the music business. "The music business is like a moving train and
if you're not on that train it's a bitch to catch it," he offers. "If I
happen to round the bend and there's a train and I get on it, great, but
I'm just going to run at my own pace," he says, giving you plenty of chance
to catch up with him and reconnect.
Got A Hold On Me
Tell Me (I Know)