Singer/songwriter Steve Forbert began his musical career in a small town in Mississippi playing a plastic guitar. At 14, with a real guitar in tow, Forbert formed his first band. His passion for music hasn’t dwindled since. He moved to New York City in 1978 and signed his first record deal just months later. His largest success came in 1980 when his single, “Romeo’s Tune,” reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Critics and fans have likened his vocal style and songwriting to that of Bob Dylan.
Forbert has released 14 studio albums, one of which received a Grammy nomination. In 2006, he was inducted into the Mississippi Musician’s Hall of fame. Currently, Forbert is working on co-writing a new recording in Nashville, as well as regular touring.
Daughter of The Band drummer/vocalist Levon Helm and “Love Has No Pride” co-writer and iconic beauty Libby Titus, Amy Helm was born with music in her blood. Although she took to it slowly, choosing to first focus on earning a degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her musical heritage has finally caught up with her in 1998 when she joined her father’s band, the Barn Burners. During her time with the Barn Burners, Helm was shaped into a charismatic and talented vocalist under the careful tutelage of her musically seasoned father.
In 2001, Helm formed her own group, Ollabelle. Ollabelle is a Sunday-night-gospel-session-turned-musical group and has influences in many genres, including bluegrass, rock, blues, soul, traditional/folk and jazz. They have released four albums, including 2011’s Neon Blue Bird, which the band self-produced in order to experience true artistic freedom. Helm continues to play with Ollabelle, and made regular appearances in her father’s last venture, the Levon Helm Band.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles.” -Old Town School
“his live shows are legendary” – Providence Journal