AN AMERICAN TROUBADOUR: THE SONGS OF STEVE FORBERT - Massive Compilation Album Out Today
AN AMERICAN TROUBADOUR: THE SONGS OF STEVE FORBERT CELEBRATES BELOVED SONGWRITER WITH PERFORMANCES BY JOHN OATES, ROBERT EARL KEEN, JIM LAUDERDALE, TODD SNIDER, JACKIE GREENE & MORE
SPRAWLING 21-TRACK SET OUT TODAY VIA BLUE ROSE MUSIC
“It was very cool for me to be able to re-imagine Steve Forbert’s song ‘I Blinked Once.‘ I was drawn to his great lyrics and ability to take a simple idea and craft it into a memorable song. We gave it a harder edge in the production and turned it into a duet with myself and the legendary Bekka Bramlett, whose energy is a thing to behold.” - John Oates
“My thanks go to Blue Rose Music for putting together this entirely flattering compilation!”
- Steve Forbert
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (October 6, 2017) - Nearly two-dozen artists from across the musical spectrum have come together to celebrate the catalog of “quintessential journeyman” (No Depression) Steve Forbert with An American Troubadour: The Songs Of Steve Forbert, out today on Blue Rose Music. Featuring performances by John Oates and Bekka Bramlett, Robert Earl Keen, Jim Lauderdale, Todd Snider, Jackie Greene, John Popper, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, and more, the 21-track collection spans the Mississippi native’s four-decade career and features both faithful homages and adventurous reimaginings of some of his most beloved songs. Live For Live Music, who premiered the full album stream, noted the creativity, "with each artists putting their own unique twist on some of Forbert's most well-loved tunes."
Hailed by The New York Times as “an introspective, homespun philosopher,” Steve Forbert relocated to New York City in the late 1970’s and released his debut album, Alive On Arrival, to enormous critical acclaim. Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild recently reflected that "now or then, you would be hard-pressed to find a debut effort that was simultaneously as fresh and accomplished,” comparing it to “a great first novel by a young author who somehow managed to split the difference between Mark Twain and J.D. Salinger.” Forbert’s follow-up, Jackrabbit Slim, went gold on the strength of hit single “Romeo’s Tune,” which reached #11 on the Billboard charts and helped cement his status as a genuine craftsman in it for the long haul. In the decades since his breakthrough, Forbert has tirelessly toured the world, released a slew of studio and live albums, earned a GRAMMY nomination, and seen his songs recorded by the likes of Rosanne Cash, Keith Urban, and Marty Stuart.
“Some say that Steve is too young to have a ‘tribute’ record and I think that’s true because Steve has a lot of music left in him,” says Blue Rose Music founder Joe Poletto. “In my mind, this project is not a tribute but rather its intention is to recognize the spirit of the troubadour in all of those artists who follow their life’s path like Steve with purpose and passion.”
For more information and tour dates, please visit his official website here.
An American Troubadour: The Songs Of Steve Forbert
01. Kelly Fitzgerald - Thinkin’
02. John Oates featuring Bekka Bramlett - I Blinked Once
03. Elliott Peck - Goin' Down To Laurel
04. David Luning - Steve Forbert's Midsummer Night's Toast
05. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers - Romeo's Tune
06. Jim Lauderdale - What Kinda Guy?
07. Robert Earl Keen - It Isn’t Gonna Be That Way
08. James Maddock - Grand Central Station, March 18, 1977
09. Amy McCarley - Cellophane City
10. John Popper - You Cannot Win (If You Do Not Play)
11. Megan Palmer - Running On Love
12. Jesse Bardwell - The Sweet Love That You Give (Sure Goes A Long, Long Way)
13. Wes Langlois - I’m In Love With You
14. Jackie Greene - If You’re Waiting On Me
15. Eric Lindell - January 23-30, 1978
16. Gwyneth Moreland - Autumn This Year
17. Todd Snider - It Sure Was Better Back Then
18. Bill Lloyd - When The Sun Shines
19. Jason Crosby - Tonight I Feel So Far Away From Home
20. HUGElarge - Rock While I Can Rock
21. Tim Bluhm - Search Your Heart
About Steve Forbert:
With a career spanning four decades, Steve Forbert has established himself as one of America’s most enduring and respected songwriters and performers. In the 1970’s, he followed his muse from Meridian, Mississippi to New York City, where he began playing for change at Grand Central before graduating to iconic clubs like Gerde’s Folk City and CBGB’s. His debut album, Alive On Arrival, earned raves everywhere from The New York Times to Rolling Stone, but his commercial breakout arrived with his sophomore release, Jackrabbit Slim, which went gold and yielded the hit single “Romeo’s Tune.” Forbert has released 18 studio albums, garnered a GRAMMY nomination, and had his music recorded by Rosanne Cash, Keith Urban, and Marty Stuart among others.
About Blue Rose Music:
Blue Rose Music is an artist collective that assists in the business and creative development of select musicians and projects. With extensive marketing and technology resources, Blue Rose enables artists to bridge their traditional audience-building avenues with today’s web, social and digital sharing capabilities. A portion of all revenue is donated to The Blue Rose Foundation, which provides pre-school scholarships to financially disadvantaged children.