Years before Americana music earned its own category at the Grammy Awards, Steve Forbert helped pioneer the genre’s mix of folk, roots-rock, and richly delivered storytelling.
He’s been a torchbearer of that sound for more than four decades since, navigating the twists and turns of an acclaimed career that’s taken him from gold records to Grammy nominations, from New York City’s CBGB to Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, from his 1978 debut album to 2022’s vital and versatile Moving Through America.
“I’m not trying to refine or reimagine what I do,” says Forbert, a longtime road warrior who continues to spend the bulk of each year onstage, on the road, and in the writing room. “This is a continuation. I’m telling new stories, but my focus has always been the same. It’s always been about the songs.”