More than four decades have passed since Steve Forbert made his way to New York City from his Meridian, Mississippi birthplace in quest of a career in music.
He found blazing success early on with a string of critically acclaimed albums including Alive on Arrival (1978), Jackrabbit Slim (1979), and Little Stevie Orbit (1980).
His career has had its share of triumphs as well as stumbles and disappointments as did his private life.
Through it all, over the course of a marriage, divorce, raising three children, writing and recording 18 studio albums and fronting an ever changing line-up of supporting musicians, he has persevered and stayed true to his roots and the folk ethos.
Now, those life-changing experiences have been chronicled by Forbert in Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock, co-written with Therese Boyd, which was released on September 14 by PFP Publishing.
Sharing reflections and journals he kept at the time, Forbert weaves an absorbing narrative that fully addresses 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, an evocative new Steve Forbert album entitled The Magic Tree.
Produced by Karl Derfler (Tom Waits, No Doubt, Two Gallants), it offers a series of songs gleaned from previously recorded acoustic demos, augmented with new backing tracks.
Consistently upbeat and optimistic, the album’s songs recorded in Meridian, Nashville, New York, and New Jersey and Virginia convey a firm sense that age ought not diminish a lust for living.
Big City Cat and The Magic Tree underscore what revered critic the late Paul Nelson wrote about Forbert in Rolling Stone almost 40 years ago: “..Nothing, nothing in this world, is going to stop Steve Forbert, and on that I’ll bet anything you’d care to wager.”
Tickets for Steve Forbert are on sale at the hotel, 01383 860328, £15.