Years before Americana music earned its own category at the Grammy Awards, Steve Forbert helped pioneer the genre's mix of folk, roots-rock, and richly delivered storytelling. He's been a torchbearer of that sound for more than four decades since, navigating the twists and turns of an acclaimed career that's taken him from gold records to Grammy nominations, from New York City's CBGB to Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, from his 1978 debut album to 2022's vital and versatile Moving Through America. The album will be released on Blue Rose tomorrow, May 13, 2022. Forbert has two live sessions that are available to stream for release day: he'll be performing on WXPN's "Free at Noon" at noon ET — find out how to listen HERE. Steve will also be performing a session for Paste magazine at 5 pm ET that will be live-streamed on Facebook; check HERE.
Steve has announced tour dates through June, including two weeks in the UK (scroll down for complete dates or go to https://www.steveforbert.com.
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It's the songs that take center stage with Moving Through America. Filled with character portraits and quirky insights, the album unfolds like a mosaic of modern-day American life, delivered by someone who's been crisscrossing the country for nearly half a century. With an author's nuance and a humorist's wit, Forbert offers glimpses into the everyday lives of his characters: a dog running from the sky's thunderclaps; a Houston man preparing to take his girlfriend out for fried oysters; a road-tripping motorist steadily making his way across the Midwest. Forbert inhabits each character, turning their storylines into first-person narratives that blur the lines between subject and scribe.
Moving Through America marks a new chapter in a story that's still unfolding. These are songs for the head, the heart, and the heartland, from the acoustic funky-tonk of "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" to the Tom Petty-worthy "Say Hello to Gainesville," which salutes the head Heartbreaker himself.
Backed by the same band that appeared on his collection of cover songs, Early Morning Rain, in 2020, he sounds every bit as spirited as he did in the late 1970s, back when he left his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, and headed to New York in search of new horizons.
"I was a fan of the Byrds and The Rolling Stones," he recalls of those early years up North, "but I also loved the singer/songwriters from that era. Country music, too. Gram Parsons was a real touchstone for me, and there wasn't a name yet that could encompass all those sounds. I wanted to keep that sound alive with my own music, and I didn't care that this was the late 1970s in New York City. I watched pop music go through a lot of changes, particularly in the eighties, but it never made me want to change what I was doing. I was making music that sounded like the way I felt.”
His unwavering work ethic soon paid off. "Romeo's Tune," a track from Forbert's 1979 breakthrough, Jackrabbit Slim, became a hit, climbing to Number 11 in the U.S. and pushing its accompanying album to gold status. When New Wave bands began to dominate the FM airwaves a couple of years later, Forbert stuck to his guns, continuing to fly the flag for organic roots music that proudly blurred the lines between genres. Releasing 20 albums in twice as many years, he has remained prolific well into the 21st century, serving as an elder statesman of Americana music while still writing music that's spry and steadfast. He's also a member of the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame, author of the lauded memoir Big City Cat: My Life in Folk-Rock, and a Grammy nominee for his tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old Time. Meanwhile, his older songs continue to resonate in today's world, with Keith Urban recording his own version of "Romeo's Tune" on the artist's platinum-certified album Greatest Hits: 18 Kids.
Moving Through America is an album of songs that’ll get under your skin. Once again, this legacy songwriter finds narrative gold in the everyday, delivering a batch of songs that show he’s got plenty of fuel left in the tank. Steve Forbert is still moving through America, and with his latest album, he takes us with him.
1. Buffalo Nickel
2. Moving Through America
3. Fried Oysters
4. Living the Dream
5. Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
6. Times Like These
7. I Can’t Get Back
8. Say Hello to Gainesville
9. It’s Too Bad (You Super Freak)
10. What’s a Dog Think
11. USS Palo Alto
MAY 13 Philadelphia, PA - "Friday at Noon" Live on WXPN
MAY 13 Paste Magazine - livestream event, 5 pm ET
MAY 19 New York, NY - The Iridium
MAY 20 Stanhope, NJ - Stanhope House
MAY 27 Pawling, NY, Daryl’s House
MAY 28 Bryn Mawr, PA - Bryn Mawr Gazebo
JUN 04 Old Saybrook, CT - Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
JUN 05 Cambridge, MA - Club Passim
JUN 10 Fall River, MA - Narrows Center for the Arts
JUN 11 Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
JUN 15 Manchester UK / Band On The Wall
JUN 16 Milton Keynes UK / The Stables
JUN 17 London UK / Academy 02, Islington
JUN 19 Bristol, UK - Folk House
JUN 22 Crawley, UK - The Hawk Studio
JUN 28 Glasgow, Scotland - St. Lukes UK
JUN 29 Thorner Nr Leeds/ Victory Hall
JUN 30 Birmingham/ Kitchen Garden Cafe
JUL 02 Easton Woodbridge / Maverick Festival
JUL 03 Cambridge - Junction UK
JUL 10 Piermont, NY - Turning Point
AUG 05 Asbury Park, NJ - The Wonder Bar
AUG 25 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe