By: Dori Corr
Folk-rock singer/songwriter Steve Forbert will be bringing his extensive collection of well-crafted, unforgettable songs to the New Hope Winery on Saturday, May 10. Doors open at 7:00p.m., show time is at 8:00 p.m.
Steve Forbert debuted as a recording artist in 1978 with the album “Alive on Arrival”, which earned him critical acclaim for its taut, poetic lyrics; and was quickly anointed “the new Dylan”. The follow-up, 1979’s Jackrabbit Slim, reached the Top 20 chart on the strength of the folk-rock hit single “Romeo’s Tune.“
Critics raved about Steve’s poetic lyrics and engaging melodies, 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. Forbert vaulted from playing guitar for spare change in Grand Central Station, to carving out a niche in the vibrant Manhattan club circuit of the day.
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.”
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.”
Since his debut, Forbert has released twelve albums, all of which are a blend of folk and rock that exemplify his perpetual originality. He’s continued to write particularly insightful songs and has grown an impressive legacy. His most recent studio album was 2012’s “Over with You.” 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.”
Tickets to see Steve Forbert live can be ordered online, or by calling 215-794-2331. All seats are $27 (plus a $5 service fee on each ticket).