Steve Forbert is a case study in what-else-am-I-gonna-do? perseverance. The Mississippi-born singer/songwriter’s bardic talent was obvious enough for at least four major labels to have taken a chance on him at various times in his career. Through some early chart success with “Romeo’s Tune,” a lot of the “next Dylan” nonsense, declining commercial fortunes and solidifying cult status, Forbert has churned out album after album of solid, personal tunes and has maintained a touring schedule best-described as “chronic.”
In 2012, Forbert released Over with You, a wizened, stripped-down effort heavy on breakup songs. The recordings foreground his wear-and-tear singing and his lucid, sturdy songwriting. It’s dry and intimate folk/rock with subtle pop accents, a naked, bittersweet set certain to please his longtime fans and to bear out his reputation as an American treasure, if not the next Dylan.
Steve Forbert lends a hand at the Shadowland Theatre’s fundraising concert on Friday, December 12. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25. The Shadowland Theatre is located at 157 Canal Street in Ellenville. For tickets and additional information, call (845) 647-5511 or visit www.shadowlandtheatre.org.