I wanted to give a quick shout-out to a great show at the Hotel Café tonight since I won’t get a chance to do a full weekly report until tonight.
Veteran troubadour Steve Forbert and up-and-coming cellist/singer-songwriter Ben Sollee both will be playing the Hotel tonight.
Forbert, best known for his 1980 hit “Romeo’s Tune,” has a fine new album Over With You that he will undoubtedly be sharing songs from. The disc has been described as a song cycle revolving around the ups and downs of relationship. The Mississippi native’s crackly voice lends an air of experience to this set of songs. My personal favorite is “Baby I Know” which has the great line “baby I know you’re only 90% happy with me/I’ll get it back to 100 girl. I can again you’ll see.” Another terrific cut is the jaunty “All I Need To Do.” Anyone who has been in a relationship will find things that will resonate in them on this album.
Ben Sollee is one of Forbert’s guests on Over With You (Ben Harper is another). Sollee also has a new album, Half-Made Man. Sollee’s solo work is not quite what you’d expect from someone who first became noticed for his cello-playing. His music is an eclectic blend of roots music that is pulled together by his soulful vocals. He calls his new CD “an album of self-portraits” (I did an interview with him for americansongwriter.com) and the title track is a particular standout track.
Both albums are very fine efforts, which makes this chance to see the two together at the Hotel Café makes this show one well worth going out for on a Monday night. Forbert will also being doing one of those great “chat and play” events at the Grammy Museum on Tuesday night.