Split Level Concerts

Presented at Hamilton Stage

Genre: Alternative

Friday • November 29, 2013 • 8:00 PM










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. “Those styles didn’t
really synch with my musical approach,” reflects Forbert. 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 OrbitStreets
of This Town
The American in MeMission of the Crossroad
 and Evergreen Boy. His tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old
, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004.   Now, 34 years
after his first album, Steve has released an exciting new one, 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.”