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County Road 11: Steve Forbert

Published: Feb. 20, 2020 at 1:36 PM CST
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Steve Forbert is an American troubadour. He's criss-crossed the United States and circled the globe a few times playing his brand of unique folk pop-rock music. And just last month, Steve was recognized for his excellence in music, receiving the Governor's Award at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson.

"It's great to be recognized period. We had a great ceremony over in the old capitol and some very nice honorees and everything was very, very harmonious and just a very good feeling about everyone who was gathered there."

Forbert left Meridian in the late 1970's, moving to New York where he released four acclaimed albums, including "Jackrabbit Slim", which feature the top 20 hit "Romeo's Tune".

(nat sound of music..meet me in the middle of the day, let me hear you say everything's ok. Bring me southern kisses from your room. Meet me in the middle of the night let me hear you say everything's all right).

40 years after the release of that groundbreaking album, Steve is still doing what he loves best--writing, playing and singing songs.

"Well I just play all the time as often as possible. It's just a way of life for me. And, uh, I don't do the thing where I hit the road and stay out for three months anymore and that kind of thing, I just play into the weeks and what have you."

Never one to look back, Steve has been working on his latest recording project for several months now. It will be his first collection of cover songs set to be released sometime in the spring. He covers everything from Jimmie Rodgers, to Elton John to the Grateful Dead.

Although Steve has spent most of his life away from Meridian, he's never forgotten his roots, nor his incredible hometown heritage of music that includes the likes of Jimmie Rodgers, Paul Davis, and Jimmy Ruffin.

"Well I don't know. I'm glad to be included on that list. But I do think that Meridian is a pretty real town. I don't think it's ever really been -- it didn't seem to me to be a place to put on a lot of airs. I wasn't sure about these painted horses all over the place. But other than that it's been pretty down to earth and I think that gets into the air."

(Singing...Meet me in the middle of the day, let me hear you say everything's ok. Sneak on out behind the stars and run....)

Steve Forbert--an original. Jackrabbit Slim. Meridian's own. His music standing the test of time--for generations. And that speaks of his greatness more than anything can