Steve Forbert is one of the few artists who can mesmerize a crowd with nothing buta distinctive voice, an acoustic guitar and his trusty harmonica slung around hisneck. More than four decades have passed since Forbertfirst made his way to NewYork City from Meridian, Mississippi and his intimate verbal imagery, paired with aroots-rock musical approach, struck a chord with millions of people during thetransitional period between 70s folk-rock and 80s New Wave.Forberts debut album, Alive On Arrival, became one of 1978s most acclaimedrecords.Rolling Stonecontributing editor David Wild recently reflected that now orthen, you would be hard-pressed to find a debut effort that was simultaneously asfresh and accomplished, comparing it to a great first novel by a young author whosomehow managed to split the difference between Mark Twain and J.D. Salinger.One track from that album, Grand Central Station, March 18, 1977, earned him aspot on the 2014Village Voicelist of The60 Best Songs Ever Written About NewYork City, along with many musical heavyweights like Jim Croce, Tom Waits andFrank Sinatra.Hailed byThe New York Timesas an introspective, homespun philosopher,Forberts second album,Jackrabbit Slim, released in 1979 achieved RIAA Goldrecord status on the strength of its hit single Romeos Tune, which reached #11 ontheBillboardcharts and helped cement his status as a genuinecraftsman.Jackrabbit Slimwas re-mastered and re-releasedin 2019 by Blue RoseMusic to commemorate its 40th anniversaryForberts songs have been covered by a wide range of artists, from Keith Urban and Rosanne Cash to Marty Stuart and John Popper. Forbert also appeared opposite Cyndi Lauper in her iconic music video for Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! ?Forbert has released 20 studio albums, including a Grammy-nominated tribute to Mississippi legend, Jimmie Rodgers. In 2017, An American Troubadour: The Songs of Steve Forbert was released, featuring renowned musicians like John Oates and Robert Earl Keen, performing his songs.?In 2018, Forbert published his memoir Big City Cat: My Life in Folk-Rock. Like the earlier Bob Dylan and Patti Smith books, Forbert has a warm way of describing the pull of NYC and the ensuing challenges of getting traction, against the context of a small-town upbringing. He offers a sparkling observation about the pull of music as excellent as any I have seen, says Entertainment Today.?Forbert was the recipient of the 2020 Governors Arts Award in his home state of Mississippi, having already been inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2016.?Anyone who reviews Steves catalog of music can see the writer in the musician. His songs are as literary as they are musically vibrant. Brutally honest lyrics delivered with sensitivity create an uncommon trust with his listeners. Excelling in every decade of his career, Forbert exemplifies the heart and soul of the troubadour tradition.