Steve Forbert's 1978 debut album proclaimed the singer-songwriter Alive on Arrival and indeed, the artist made a strong impression with a set of personal, sometimes gentle, musical reflections on life and love.
Forbert departed Mississippi for New York City in the mid-seventies and managed to carve out a niche in the vibrant club scene of the day, playing famous venues like Gerde’s Folk City and even CBGB’s. That heady period was captured on Alive on Arrival and on Forbert’s 1979 follow-up, Jackrabbit Slim.
Rolling Stone contributing editor, David Wild, recently wrote that "now or then, you would be hard-pressed to find a debut effort that was simultaneously as fresh and accomplished as Alive on Arrival…
it was like a great first novel by a young author who somehow managed to split the difference between Mark Twain and J.D. Salinger.”
Producer, John Simon, renowned for his collaborations with The Band and Leonard Cohen, shepherded Forbert's second release, Jackrabbit Slim, to success.
Forbert credits Simon with helping him nail “Romeo’s Tune” for the Nashville-recorded album, and the song became the artist’s only Top 20 U.S. hit. (It peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.) Though further chart success has eluded Steve Forbert, he’s continued to write particularly insightful songs and has grown an impressive legacy.
He’s received a Grammy nomination, seen his songs performed by Keith Urban, Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart, and even appeared opposite Cyndi Lauper in her music video for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”
Forbert continues to tour, both solo and with his band, and has a string of upcoming dates scheduled both in the United States and abroad.