Steve Forbert to perform at local venue

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Folk rock artist Steve Forbert is coming to the Blue Jay Listening Room on Friday, Jan. 8.

Forbert's debut album, “Alive On Arrival,” became one of 1978's most acclaimed records. Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild recently reflected that “now or then, you would be hard-pressed to find a debut effort that was simultaneously as fresh and accomplished,” comparing it to “a great first novel by a young author who somehow managed to split the difference between Mark Twain and J.D. Salinger.”

Forbert's second album, “Jackrabbit Slim,” released in 1979 achieved RIAA Gold record status on the strength of its hit single “Romeo’s Tune,” which reached No. 11 on the Billboard charts and helped cement his status as a genuine craftsman. “Jackrabbit Slim” was re-mastered and re-released in 2019 by Blue Rose Music to commemorate its 40th anniversary.

Forbert has released 20 studio albums, including a Grammy-nominated tribute to Mississippi legend, Jimmie Rodgers. In 2017, “An American Troubadour: The Songs of Steve Forbert” was released. It featured renowned musicians like John Oates and Robert Earl Keen performing his songs.

Forbert’s songs have been covered by a wide range of artists from Keith Urban and Rosanne Cash to Marty Stuart and John Popper. Forbert also appeared opposite Cyndi Lauper in her 1983 iconic music video for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

The Blue Jay Listening Room is located at 2457 3rd St. S., Jacksonville Beach.

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