Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert returns to Natalie’s for another engaging evening of music and stories. Forbert left his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi in his early 20s and headed for the Big Apple. His folk-pop “Romeo’s Tune” hit #11 on the charts and brought him into the international spotlight. Critics and the public embraced his melodic and lyrical styles, a more traditional sound among the post-disco punk and rock of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild recently wrote that “now or then, you would have been hard-pressed to find a debut effort that was simultaneously as fresh and accomplished as 'Alive on Arrival.' It was like a great novel by a young author who somehow managed to split the difference between Mark Twain and J. D. Salinger.”
"Big City Cat - My Life in Folk-Rock" is Forbert’s exceptional new memoir co-written with Therese Boyd, which allows him ample opportunity to candidly reflect on specific circumstances that first brought him to the public eye and finds him documenting his early adventures in the big city while pursuing his quest to make music. Sharing reflections and journals he kept at the time, he weaves an absorbing narrative that fully documents the trials, travails and triumphs that would eventually play out over the course of his prolific 40-year career.
The book is accompanied by its own soundtrack as well, an A+ new album entitled "The Magic Tree" that offers a series of songs gleaned from previously recorded acoustic demos, overdubbed with new backing tracks and fleshed out as a series of songs that ring with the verve and vitality that Forbert’s fans have always come to expect. Consistently upbeat and optimistic, they convey a firm sense that age ought not diminish a lust for living. Then again, that’s been Forbert’s mantra for quite some time—honoring his past while plowing his way towards the future.