Steve Forbert with Jon Shain
Meet me in the middle of the night, let me hear you say everything's alright," warbled Mississippi-born Steve Forbert on his era-defining 1980 hit song Romeo's Tune. "Let me smell the moon in your perfume" he sang - and it was that kind of lyrical poetry, along with Steve's roots-rocking musical approach, that struck a chord with millions of people in the transitional period between 70's folk-rock and 80's new wave. Steve's brash-but-still-sensitive take on the songwriter genre propelled his sophomore album, Jackrabbit Slim, up the Billboard charts and led to sold-out shows and a feature in Rolling Stone magazine...all at the tender age of 21. When 80s tastes turned to punk and disco, songcrafters like Forbert (and even Bob Dylan) fell out of favor with the mainstream. But Steve's fantastic live show and his quality songwriting have outlasted the trends, and the profound honesty evident in his body of work has carried his career to a place where he has received a Grammy nomination, been inducted into the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame, and released14 studio albums (including his latest, 2009's critically-acclaimed The Place and The Time). Steve continues to write and tour regularly from his Nashville home base, and is one of the few artists who can mesmerize a crowd with nothing but his distinctive voice, an acoustic guitar, and his harmonica slung around his neck. http://www.steveforbert.com Local bluesy songwriter Jon Shain opens the evening. From learning Piedmont Blues at the side of Big Boy Henry to his years playing with the bluegrass inflected Flyin’ Mice to his solo career, Jon Shain has always weaved a variety of roots music influences into his songwriting. Shain has been headlining esteemed listening rooms up and down the East Coast, in addition to
opening sold out theatre shows for John Hiatt, Keb’ Mo’, Little Feat, and others. Recommended for fans of: Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan http://www.jonshain.com.
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