Steve Forbert and the New Renditions
Grammy Award-nominated folk-rock singer-songwriter Steve Forbert brings his band, the New Renditions, and his distinctive folk-rock sound to the YMCA Boulten Center in Bay Shore on September 13th, at 8pm. Best known for hit songs “Romeo’s Tune” and “Goin’ Down to Laurel,” Forbert was touted as a “new Dylan” when he burst upon the scene in downtown New York in the mid-1970s.
Originally from Meridian, Miss., Forbert traveled to New York in 1976 and played for spare change in Grand Central Station while seeking work in the local folk venues. He quickly garnered folk club dates, but also performed at CBGB’s, the wellspring of punk-rock, where he became a favorite of the crowd for his dynamic, energetic, non-stop performances that owed as much to the Ramones as to Bob Dylan.
More than four decades have passed since Steve Forbert made his way to New York City from Meridian in quest of a career in music. It was the most unlikely time and place for a folksinger to leap into the fray in a burgeoning scene where new wave and punk were emerging. Forbert took the stage as an archetypal folkie, armed with just an acoustic guitar and sheaf of very personal songs. After busking on the street for change from passersby, he rose to sharing bills at CBGB’s with the likes of Talking Heads, the Shirts and John Cale, as well as headlining more traditional venues such as the Bitter End and Kenny’s Castaways. Against staggering odds, he found blazing success early on with a string of critically acclaimed and commercially accepted albums including Alive on Arrival (1978), Jackrabbit Slim (1979), and Little Stevie Orbit (1980), and a most unlikely smash hit single, “Romeo’s Tune.”