Steve Forbert
Plus: Abe Loomis
Pure Americana before the genre was recognized, Forbert's groundbreaking footprints are in legion with the likes of Warren Zevon, Gene Clark, and Gram Parsons
Iron Horse Music Hall

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,” at a time when rootsy rock was fading out and the Ramones, Talking Heads and other New Wave and punk acts were all the rage. Still, critics raved about Steve’s poetic lyrics and engaging melodies, and the crowds at CBGB’s accepted him alongside those acts. He continued to write 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 an exciting new one, Over With You. “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.”

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