Young, Guitar Days

by Steve Forbert

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Far from being a collection of second-rate unfinished songs, B-sides, and live tracks that didn't make the cut because they were subpar, Young, Guitar Days is a treasure trove of 20 terrific gems from Steve Forbert's early-'80s years that sounds as fresh and inspired as anything he's released. Not only a treat for established fans, there is also enough great music here to convince even newcomers of his remarkable talents. The singer/songwriter's voice and approach have changed little over the course of his career, so these songs -- all of which originate from the early '80s -- sound like recent recordings. From the good-time pedal steel-driven country & western of "The Weekend" to the appropriately bluesy slide guitar of "No Use Running From the Blues" to the impassioned cover of Terry Stafford's "Suspicion" (complete with '60s-styled backing vocals and an early indication of Forbert's love of AM radio fare that later resulted in his take on "When You Walk in the Room"), the styles are varied but still completely identifiable as emanating from Forbert's uniquely Americana-based approach. The sound is beautifully clear, exuding an airy unforced quality, as the performances brim with the youthful enthusiasm of an artist who has already found his voice and is excited about his future. The music is contagious in its rootsy joy and the songs stand as some of the best in his catalog. Since he wrote the liner notes and chose the tracks, it's clear that Forbert agrees, making this an essential addition to his discography and a wonderful collection of songs -- regardless of why they were left to languish in obscurity for almost 20 years between their recording and 2001 release.

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released October 27, 2009

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Steve Forbert Nashville, Tennessee

Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert had his first major hit in 1979 when he was only 25 years old, shortly after moving to New York City from his hometown of Meridian, Miss where he had been working as a truck driver Thirty-plus years later, he’s still writing acclaimed songs and has released 14 studio albums, including a Grammy-nominated tribute to another Mississippi legend, Jimmie Rodgers. ... more

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Track Name: House of Cards
Oooh, I guess I knew it would happen eventually
But I was not prepared for the word
No, I was not prepared for the word
No, they didn't give me no warning 'fore they told me the news
And I could not believe what I heard
No, I could not believe what I heard

Hey, well it started to hit me later on in the night
I reacted by blowing my stack
I reacted by blowing my stack
Oooh, feeling cheated and taunted and mad at the whole world at large
As I pissed on a black cadillac
As I pissed on a black cadillac

House of cards--(and) don't it make ya wonder?
House of cards--(oh) don't it make ya wonder?

Oooh, thousands of people gathered outside of his gate
Some came to sell souvenirs
Some came to sell souvenirs
Yes, souvenirs of the hillbilly singer who conquered the world
Now dead after 42 years
Dead after 42 years

Yes, and then came the stories all pushin' their way through the press
Stories of madness and pain
Stories of madness and pain
Oooh, they'll do what they can to ravage, exploit, and destroy
His glory, his fame, and his name
His glory, his fame, and his name

Ooh, the King undisputed, reclusive an' high on a throne
The symbol an' saint, he was youth
Oh, the symbol an' saint, he was youth
Yes, an' now that he's dead an' he's laid in his great, marble tomb
We're all left with a whole lotta truth
We're all left with a whole lotta truth

Ooh, I guess a lotta sad people grew up on that hot, summer day
One more big dream swept away
One more big dream swept away
Yes, he's gone an' he's free, but still all of his music remains
I don't know what more I can say
And I don't know what more I can say . . . except

House of cards--(and) don't it make ya wonder?
House of cards--(oh) don't it make ya wonder?

Steve Forbert
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