It’s been 40 years since Steve Forbert lost his job as a truck driver in his hometown of Meridian, Miss., and blew into New York City with an ass-pocket full of Folk/Rock songs and a dream to make a living from them. In relatively short order, Forbert went from subway busking and opening for Talking Heads at CBGB to an exultant New York Times show review to a label-bidding frenzy. Nemperor Records scored Forbert’s signature, releasing both his unexpected and brilliant Alive on Arrival in 1978 (which sparked some “next Bob Dylan” chatter) and his glossier but equally sincere and captivating Jackrabbit Slim in 1979. Read more about Forbert in this week's Sound Advice.
Steve Forbert plays Southgate House Revival Wednesday. More info/tickets: southgatehouse.com .