The renowned roots-rock troubadour returns with an album of songs for the head, the heart, and the Heartland. Moving Through America is out now! Listen here.

  • 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.” 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.”

    Steve’s new album The Magic Tree serves as sound track to his new memoir, Big City Cat – a chronicle of the singer-songwriter’s forty years making music. The album rings with the verve and vitality that Forbert’s fans have always come to expect and takes on special meaning in light of the recent health scare that sidelined him for several months while he recovered from kidney surgery and chemotherapy. Consistently upbeat and optimistic, the album’s songs convey a firm sense that age ought not diminish a lust for living. The Magic Tree underscores what revered critic the late Paul Nelson wrote about Forbert in Rolling Stone almost 40 years ago: “… Nothing, nothing in this world, is going to stop Steve Forbert, and on that I’ll bet anything you’d care to wager.”



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Watch Steve Forbert's latest lyric video, "Moving Through America"

"Moving Through America" is the titular track and second single from Steve Forbert's new album, which comes out May 13! Check out the lyric video and Pre-Order the new album on vinyl, CD, or digital! Album Pre-Order:

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Live Music lives! Steve Forbert recently performed an intimate live show at The Narrows Center for Arts in Fall River, Massachusetts to a socially distant crowd of 100 mask wearing fans. Steve played the live show on October 16th. Supporting live music during COVID is no easy task, but The...