Steve Forbert plays 2 UK dates in June

Some of us are Steve Forbert fans round these parts – we recently ran one of our AmericanA to Zs on him and awarded his most recent record an 8 out of 10 of which we said: “Throughout the album his folk roots shine clear, as does his songwriting ability honed over his forty years … Continue reading “Steve Forbert plays 2 UK dates in June”

AmericanA to Z – Steve Forbert

When he first hit the scene in 1978 someone somewhere decided that labelling Steve Forbert with the “new Dylan” tag was a good idea. Unfortunately, the “new Dylan” arrived just when singer-songwriters playing folk rock on a guitar and harmonica weren’t exactly hot. Never a good idea to call anybody “the new” anything. Well, he … Continue reading “AmericanA to Z – Steve Forbert”

Steve Forbert “The Magic Tree” (Blue Rose Music, 2018)

Steve Forbert’s new album ‘Magic Tree,’ recorded in Meridian (his birthplace in Mississippi), Nashville, New York, New Jersey and Virginia, is a collection of his own songs and the music loses nothing in its quality of production despite the country wide recording venues.  Throughout the album his folk roots shine clear, as does his song writing … Continue reading “Steve Forbert “The Magic Tree” (Blue Rose Music, 2018)”

Steve Forbert + Molly Armstrong, The Robinson Theatre, Cambridge, 24th October 2018

Some forty years after being labelled as the “new Dylan”with his debut album, ‘Alive on Arrival’, Steve Forbert remains a respected, much-loved troubadour. Although that early commercial success is long ago, Forbert has developed a cult following through consistently releasing high-quality albums, regular touring and engaging warmly with his fans. This is the last of … Continue reading “Steve Forbert + Molly Armstrong, The Robinson Theatre, Cambridge, 24th October 2018”

Steve Forbert “That’d Be Alright” – Listen

Legendary US songwriter Steve Forbert will release his brand new album ‘The Magic Tree’ on October 26th, and will play a special show at Nell’s Jazz and Blues in London this Sunday (October 21st). ‘The Magic Tree’ is a concept album based on the Enid Blyton books of almost the same name. Actually it’s not, but … Continue reading “Steve Forbert “That’d Be Alright” – Listen”

Steve Forbert has everything going on

It’s true – Steve Forbert in his 40th year in music has just about everything going on, about to happen or coming up soon.   Let’s start with the new album. ‘The Magic Tree’ is out October 26th on Blue Rose Music and it is built on previously recorded acoustic demos, augmented with new backing tracks.  ‘The Magic … Continue reading “Steve Forbert has everything going on”

Trapper Schoepp “Primetime Illusion” (Xtra Mile Recordings, 2019)

On his fourth full length release Trapper Schoepp has pulled off a trick that only really occurs once or twice in any given decade – the reshaping of folk rock to sound fresh and new. On ‘Primetime Illusion‘ he can be found breathing new life into a dependable genre, with an exuberance that probably hasn’t … Continue reading “Trapper Schoepp “Primetime Illusion” (Xtra Mile Recordings, 2019)”

New Caroline Spence album due in May, in the UK this week

It’s been two years now since from the release of Caroline Spence’s well received last album ‘Spades & Roses’, and she is now prepping the release of her third album ‘Mint Condition’, which will feature guest appearances by Emmylou Harris and Ashley Ray.

Celtic Connections kicks off this week

Glasgow’s annual celebration of roots and traditional music from around the globe opens for business this Thursday and then proceeds for the next three weeks with over 300 events scheduled to take place. Always a highlight of the cultural calendar it’s the largest festival of its type in the world showcasing world music, folk, roots, … Continue reading “Celtic Connections kicks off this week”

A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel

It may have been another turbulent year with no sign of the punishment letting up, but it has also been another great year for music. And, in a sense, that’s what really matters. And if nothing else the real world has offered some amusement on the live scene as visiting bands from the USA make … Continue reading “A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel”