Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 190

Steve Forbert- Streets Of This Town

Steve Forbert should have been a huge star. Even though he's best known for 1980's "Romeo's Tune", it was this 1988 album that first introduced me to him. After a six year layoff due to a lawsuit with his previous record label, Forbert returned with this record produced by Garry Tallent and featuring guest appearances by other E Streeters. This album came out at the right time and had the right songs to be enormous. I still scratch my head why it never put him over the top. The songs are just timeless.

I owe it to Edie Brickell & New Bohemians for first hearing Steve Forbert. I went to see the New Bo's in '88/'89 at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas and Forbert was the opening act. Just him and his acoustic guitar and he tore the house down. It was the first time I had ever seen a gig like that. I was so impressed I bought his cassette the next day. As soon as I heard the beginning of "Running On Love", I was hooked. It also impressed me that he could strip down these rich and full songs and they still sounded so good live.

I never have had the chance to see him again live, nor have I ever gotten another one of his albums. I don't really know why that is, but this album will always be special to me.

Like a young Dylan....

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