American singer/songwriter Steve Forbert rose to popularity in 1979 thanks to his breakout hit "Romeo's Tune," a tuneful slice of Americana-driven rock with a memorable piano melody and a poetic sense of introspection that became one of his hallmarks. When his next two albums failed to make as big a commercial impact, he left New York and set up shop in Nashville, mounting a comeback with 1988's Streets of This Town, which he followed with a string of albums throughout the '90s. His 2002 tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old Time, earned a Grammy nomination, and Keith Urban's 2007 cover of "Romeo's Tune" helped revive interest in his biggest hit. Heading into the 2010s, he continued to release quality folk-rock albums, offering a pair of late-career highlights in 2012's Over with You and 2018's The Magic Tree.
Forbert was born in Meridian, Mississippi, in 1954. After learning guitar at age 11, he spent his high school years playing in a variety of local bands before quitting his job as a truck driver and moving to New York City at the age of 21. There, he performed for spare change in Grand Central Station and worked his way up to the Manhattan club circuit. After signing to CBS imprint Nemperor, Forbert debuted in 1978 with Alive on Arrival, which earned critical acclaim for its taut, poetic lyrics. The follow-up, 1979's Jackrabbit Slim, was his most successful outing, reaching the Top 20 on the strength of the hit single "Romeo's Tune." Earning comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, Forbert recorded two more albums for Nemperor in 1980's Little Stevie Orbit and a 1982 self-titled effort, which in spite of their quality, failed to produce another hit along the lines of his breakout.