More than four decades have passed since Steve Forbert made his way to New York City in search of a career in music. It was the most unlikely time and place for a folk singer to leap into the fray in a burgeoning scene where new wave and punk were emerging. Forbert rose to sharing bills at CBGBs with the likes of Talking Heads, The Shirts and John Cale as well as headlining more traditional venues such as The Bitter End and Kennys Castaways. Forbert found blazing success early on with a string of critically acclaimed albums including Alive on Arrival (1978), Jackrabbit Slim (1979), and Little Stevie Orbit (1980) and a most unlikely smash hit single, Romeos Tune.
Forbert's dynamic career has been chronicled by Forbert in 'Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock,' co-written with Therese Boyd, that will be released September 14 by PFP Publishing. The memoir, originally conceived as a stage play, offers a uniquely introspective view of a life and career during a period of cultural upheaval and the authors emerging self-awareness. The book will, in a manner of speaking, be accompanied by its own soundtrack. Simultaneous with the release comes an evocative new Steve Forbert album from Blue Rose Music entitled The Magic Tree.
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