Featuring 21 tracks by 22 acts, the ambitious project sets out to showcase Steve's career of five decades, and the impact he's had on artists and musicians throughout popular music and culture.
Blue Rose Music's founder Joe Poletto explains: "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. In my mind, this project is not a tribute but rather a recognition of the spirit of the troubadour in all of those artists who follow their life’s path like Steve does- with purpose and passion."
Out today is the recording of Steve Forbert's "Romeo's Tune" by Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, who bring smoky vocals and dynamic presence to one of Steve's biggest hits - which reached #11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1980 and is ranked the 60th biggest American hit of 1980 by Music Outfitters. "It was an honor and memorable experience to create our interpretation of such a lovely and timeless song," says Nicki. "Thank you Steve for all your years and dedication to music. It is inspiring. May your songs be heard forever."
Steve Forbert is a true American Troubadour. For over 35 years Steve has crisscrossed the nation as a traveling musician making a living singing and performing on the road. Soon lightning struck and the boy from Meridian, Mississippi was in the big-time. With a hit debut record, Alive On Arrival, Steve was on the road and playing in front of thousands. The opening track titled "Romeo's Tune" from his follow-up record, Jack Rabbit Slim, became Steve's greatest hit and the song propelled the album to gold status. As life unfolded and the times changed, Steve continued to stay true to his inner voice. At times it was difficult to process all that life threw at him. Sometimes down, but never out, Steve pressed on. Through his words and music he continued to poetically document his life's journey. 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. In my mind, this project is not a tribute but rather its purpose 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. I've heard of comparisons between Steve and Bob Dylan. The only connection between Steve and Dylan I ever felt made sense, was when I heard Dylan say, "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do."
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