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Steve Forbert Biography

More than four decades have passed since Steve Forbert made his way to New York City from his Meridian, Mississippi birthplace in quest of a career in music. It was the most unlikely time and place for a folk singer to leap into the fray in a burgeoning scene where new wave and punk were emerging while he took the stage as a the archetypal folkie, armed with just an acoustic guitar and sheaf of very personal songs. After busking on the street for change from passers by, he rose to sharing bills at CBGB’s with the likes of Talking Heads, The Shirts and John Cale as well as headlining more traditional venues such as The Bitter End and Kenny’s Castaways. Against staggering odds, he found blazing success early on with a string of critically acclaimed and commercially accepted albums including Alive on Arrival (1978), Jackrabbit Slim (1979), and Little Stevie Orbit (1980) and a most unlikely smash hit single, “Romeo’s Tune.”

His career had its share of triumphs as well as stumbles and disappointments as did his private life. Through it all, over the course of a marriage, divorce, raising three children, writing and recording 18 studio albums and fronting an ever changing line-up of supporting musicians, he persevered and stayed true to his roots and the folk ethos.

Now, those life-changing experiences have been chronicled by Forbert in Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock, co-written with Therese Boyd, that will be released September 14 by PFP Publishing. The memoir, originally conceived as a stage play, offers a uniquely introspective view of a life and career during a period of cultural upheaval and the author’s emerging self-awareness. Sharing reflections and journals he kept at the time, Forbert weaves an absorbing narrative that fully addresses the trials, travails and triumphs that would eventually play out over the course of his prolific 40+ year career. With a colorful cast of characters that includes managers Danny Fields and Linda Stein, along with such music legends as Doc Pomus and John Simon, it offers a revelatory look at his personal life and family, as well. Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock features first-person commentary from those who worked with Forbert on the road and in the studio.

The book will, in a manner of speaking, be accompanied by its own soundtrack. Simultaneous with the release comes an evocative new Steve Forbert album from Blue Rose Music entitled The Magic Tree. Produced by Karl Derfler (Tom Waits, No Doubt, Two Gallants), it offers a series of songs gleaned from previously recorded acoustic demos, augmented with new backing tracks. The collection rings with the verve and vitality that Forbert’s fans have always come to expect. It takes on special meaning in light of the recent health scare that sidelined him for several months while he recovered from kidney surgery and chemotherapy with the help of his girlfriend of 17 years. Consistently upbeat and optimistic, the album’s songs recorded in Meridian, Nashville, New York, and New Jersey and Virginia convey a firm sense that age ought not diminish a lust for living. Big City Cat and The Magic Tree underscore what revered critic the late Paul Nelson wrote about Forbert in Rolling Stone almost 40 years ago: “..Nothing, nothing in this world, is going to stop Steve Forbert, and on that I’ll bet anything you’d care to wager.” 

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Biography and Press: 1980-2018

Memoir and Album Examine Steve Forbert's Life in Folk-Rock (No Depression September 2018)
Steve Forbert Has Everything Going On (September 2018)
Album of the Week: The Magic Tree (September 2018)
Big City Cat (September 2018)
Folk-rock star Steve Forbert talks the punk rock life at CBGB's in new memoir (September 2018)
SF Announces New Album 'The Magic Tree' and October UK Dates (September 2018)
  The Magic Tree and His Memoir (August 2018)
  Steve Forbert: Honorary Shorecat in the Big Little City (August 2018) 
  Steve Forbert Memoir ”Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock” and New Album ‘The Magic Tree’ To Be Released September 14 (Aug 2018)
  Steve’s story ‘Romeo’s Tune’ singer-songwriter forges his own musical journey (May 2018) 
  Steve Forbert, known for his hit ‘Romeo’s Tune,’ brings 40 years of songs to Wilmington (May 2018)
  Catching Up With Steve Forbert (May 2018)
  Steve Forbert Covers LP is Alive on Arrival (October 2017)
  Meet Him in the Middle of Roxbury; Musician Steve Forbert Aims for Succasunna (Sept 2017)
  Steve Forbert keeps on rockin’ steady (Sept 2016)
  Grammy-nominated musician Steve Forbert uses Columbia girl's drawing in latest album (Jan 2016)
  Steve Forbert Still Looking for Inspiration -- and Finding It (April 2015)
  Zen Master Steve Forbert Calls Down the Muse (April 2015)
  Steve Forbert, singer/songwriter of ‘Romeo’s Tune’ fame, to play City Winery (Oct 2014)
  Steve Forbert takes the long view on music and fame (June 2014)
  SESAC Magazine (Fall 2013)
  Alive on Arrival / Jackrabbit Slim Reissue Review (May 2013)
  Songwriting 101: Steve Forbert (Sept 2012)
  Chatting with Steve Forbert (Sept 2012)
  Tinney Contemporary Press Release (October 2011)
  Steve Forbert Coming To The Ark (July 2011)
  Steve Forbert Plays the Narrows Center (March 2011)
  Fine Art From a Cell Phone? (March 2011)
  "Highway of Sight" Press Release (March 2011)
  "The Oil Song" Keeps Steve Forbert Moving (July 2010)
  Oil and Music: A Conversation with Steve Forbert (May 2010)
  Steve Forbert Rescues a Phoenix From the Ashes ( February 2010)
  Pop Culture Press First Listen: Down in Flames (February 2010)
  The Return of Steve Forbert (February 2010)
  The Place and the Time: HuffingtonPost.com (March 2009)
  Roots Artist: Steve Forbert (January 2007)
  "Give Us An Absolute, Songwriter" (February 2005)
  Steve Forbert Interview by Clifford Meth (October 2004)
  Like There's Nothing To It: Pro.qb (March 2004)
  Folkwax: Sittin' In With Steve Forbert (April 2003)
  Songs From the Everyman (February 2002)
  Unsung Singer (September 1999)
  Keeping It Organic (March 1999)
  Tracking Steve Forbert's Last 20 Years in Orbit (October 1998)
  From "Next Bob Dylan" to Underdog (October 1998)
  Rocking Horse Head Review/Interview (1996)
  Steve Forbert Escapes From Hell by Bill Flanagan (October 1988)
  Fireworks by Steve Forbert (July 1984)
  Rolling Stone: Hit and Myth (March 1980)

 

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