Folk rocker STEVE FORBERT will be appearing as part of a trio for ten special Eastern United States shows this July. With the intent of preserving the spontaneity of his solo shows, Forbert is keeping the accompaniment sparse and acoustic.

Joining him will be percussionist Eddie O. Phillips, a longtime member of the Jackson, TN blues music community and lead guitarist Mark Stuart, best known for for his clean, clear stylings on several albums recorded with his wife, Stacey Earle.

Material for these shows will span Forbert's 37 years as a recording artist, including songs from his acclaimed first two albums, songs from the 1988 and 1992 discs made for the Geffen label, songs from a 2003 Grammy nominated tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, and songs from his forthcoming 15th studio album entitled Compromised.


As a young man from Meridian, Mississippi, STEVE FORBERT traveled to New York City and played guitar for spare change in Grand Central Station. He vaulted to international prominence with a folk-rock hit, “Romeo’s Tune,” during a time when rootsy rock was fading out and the Ramones, Talking Heads and other New Wave and punk acts were moving in to the public consciousness. Still, critics raved about Steve’s poetic lyrics and engaging melodies, and the crowds at CBGB’s club in New York accepted him alongside those acts. “I’ve never been interested in changing what I do to fit emerging trends,” Forbert observes. “Looking back on it, I was helping to keep a particular American songwriting tradition alive at a time when it wasn’t in the spotlight.”


After his first two records came a plethora of well-crafted, unforgettable songs on such albums as Little Stevie Orbit, Streets of This Town, The American in Me, Mission of the Crossroad Palms and Evergreen Boy. His tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old Time, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004. In 2012, 35 years after his first album, Steve released his most recent, Over With You. Its ten fresh but mature songs pinpoint a wide range of emotions that color personal relationships — emotions that most listeners have undoubtedly felt and struggled to understand at some point in their lives. “This is an album that has taken a lifetime to make,” explains Forbert. “You don’t just pull these songs out of thin air — you have to live them.”


www.steveforbert.com


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STEVE

FORBERT

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Friday, July 10, 7:30pm,

$20