Listen: Premiere of Steve Forbert’s New Album “The Magic Tree” Which Comes Out With His Book This Week

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Americana Highways is pleased to premiere Steve Forbert’s new release The Magic Tree (Blue Rose Music), a collection of  earlier demo songs that never made earlier albums, now with new backing tracks, and produced by Karl Derfler (Tom Waits).

The album is being released with what you might well consider its companion book.  The album traces Forbert’s history by resurrecting these abandoned tracks, and the memoirs, Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock (PFP Publishing), co-written with Therese Boyd, traces a similar trajectory.  Originally envisioned as a screen play, the book chronicles four decades of Forbert’s life, with memories pulled from journals he kept.   Managers Danny Fields and Linda Stein and music legends Doc Pomus and John Simon are among those featured.

All the tracks but “Only You (And Nobody Else)” were written by Steve Forbert — that one was co-written by Forbert and Robert Johnson.  Here is the track listing:

  1. The Magic Tree (Version One)
  2. That’d Be Alright
  3. Carolina Blue Sky Blues
  4. Let’s Get High
  5. Tryna Let It Go
  6. Lookin’ At The River In The Rain
  7. Diamond Sky
  8. Movin’ Though America
  9. I Ain’t Got Time
  10. The Magic Tree (Version Two)
  11. Only You (And Nobody Else)
  12. The Music Of The Night

Give it a listen, here, and then check out the tour dates further below.




Steve Forbert on tour 2018/2019


13 – One Longfellow Square – Portland ME

14 – Iron Horse – Northampton MA

15 – Towne Crier – Beacon NY

27 – Maynard Public Library – Maynard MA (signing Big City Cat at 7 PM)

29 – Porter Square Books – Cambridge MA (signing Big City Cat at 3 PM)

29 – Club Passim – Cambridge MA

30 – Turning Point – Piedmont NY


05 – Hopmonk Tavern – Sebastopol CA

06 – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival – San Francisco CA

13 – Club Café – Pittsburgh PA

14 – Natalie’s – Worthington OH

20 – Ramblin Roots Festival – Utrecht NL

21 – Nell’s Jazz & Blues – London UK

27 – Split Level Concerts – Scotch Plains NJ


02 – Mucky Duck – Houston TX

03 – Cactus Café – Austin TX

09 – World Café Live – Philadelphia PA

15 – Capital Ale House – Richmond VA

16 – The Spot on Kirt – Roanoke VA

17 – Forty Acres – Durham NC

30 – Union Stage – Washington DC


01 – Godfrey Daniels – Bethlehem PA


11 – Red Dragon Listening Room – Baton Rouge LA

12 – Duling Hall – Jackson MS


01 – The Soundry – Columbia MD

02 – Havana New Hope – New Hope PA

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