Steve Forbert

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On Saturday, November 17, at 8 p.m., Steve Forbert will bring his creative songwriting and masterful musical skills to the Forty Acres Concert stage at the Five Oaks Clubhouse!

Compromised is Steve Forbert’s newest and from the comparative essay of the disc’s title song, (complete with catchy chorus and signature harmonica solo), to the exasperated advice for everyman on the album closer, Whatever, Man, Steve Forbert leaves no stone unturned in his exploration of life, love, turmoil, and survival.

Steve Forbert left his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi in his early 20s and headed for the Big Apple in search of recording deals and larger audiences.

He started out playing for change at Grand Central Station and hitting every open mic night he could before eventually moving into the club scene at infamous spots like New York City’s CBGBs.

At a time when rootsy rock was fading in favor of punk-edged bands such as the Ramones, Talking Heads, and Blondie, Forbert’s folk-pop Romeo’s Tune hit #11 on the charts and brought him into the international spotlight.

Critics and the public embraced his melodic and lyrical styles, a more traditional sound among the post-disco punk and rock of the late 70s and early 80s.

Always following his own instincts, Forbert says, I’ve never been interested in changing what I do to fit popular style and needs. And that’s the motto he has lived by since the release of his debut album, Alive on Arrival, in 1978.

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Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild recently wrote that now or then, you would have been hard-pressed to find a debut effort that was simultaneous as fresh and accomplished as Alive on Arrival. It was like a great novel by a young author who somehow managed to split the difference between Mark Twain and J. D. Salinger.

Tickets are $20 advanced, through the Brown Paper Ticket link, and $25 at the door, if available.

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Biography and Press: 1980-2018

  SESAC Magazine (Fall 2013)
  Tinney Contemporary Press Release (October 2011)
  Steve Forbert Coming To The Ark (July 2011)
  Steve Forbert Plays the Narrows Center (March 2011)
  Fine Art From a Cell Phone? (March 2011)
  “Highway of Sight” Press Release (March 2011)
  “The Oil Song” Keeps Steve Forbert Moving (July 2010)
  Oil and Music: A Conversation with Steve Forbert (May 2010)
  Steve Forbert Rescues a Phoenix From the Ashes ( February 2010)
  Pop Culture Press First Listen: Down in Flames (February 2010)
  The Return of Steve Forbert (February 2010)
  The Place and the Time: (March 2009)
  Roots Artist: Steve Forbert (January 2007)
  “Give Us An Absolute, Songwriter” (February 2005)
  Steve Forbert Interview by Clifford Meth (October 2004)
  Like There’s Nothing To It: Pro.qb (March 2004)
  Folkwax: Sittin’ In With Steve Forbert (April 2003)
  Songs From the Everyman (February 2002)
  Unsung Singer (September 1999)
  Keeping It Organic (March 1999)
  Tracking Steve Forbert’s Last 20 Years in Orbit (October 1998)
  From “Next Bob Dylan” to Underdog (October 1998)
  Rocking Horse Head Review/Interview (1996)
  Steve Forbert Escapes From Hell by Bill Flanagan (October 1988)
  Fireworks by Steve Forbert (July 1984)
  Rolling Stone: Hit and Myth (March 1980)

Slaid Cleaves

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Forty Acres is very pleased to welcome Slaid Cleaves back to our stage at the Five Oaks clubhouse!

On Saturday, October 13, at 8 p.m., Slaid will return to share an array of new and enchanting songs, along with his older treasures.

Slaid Cleaves may be the Americana genre’s most underappreciated songwriter. With a knack for giving breath to perpetually down-on-their-luck characters on albums like 2000s excellent Broke Down, the Austin by way of Maine artist evokes writers from Guy Clark to Tom Petty, crafting detailed portraits of barflies, drifters and day laborers.

I don’t feel any connection to the Dancing With the Stars, National Football League or CMT country music, he tells Rolling Stone Country. I feel like I’m sort of living outside my culture in this little Americana world that we have. It’s a tiny part of the culture, but its very vibrant and has everything I need in it.

I tend to think of songs as the whiskey of writing. Distilled down to the essence, powerful, concentrated, immediate. You can take it all in and really feel it in just seconds.

The characters in Slaid Cleaves’ songs live in unglamorous reality. They work dead-end jobs, they run out of money, they grow old, they hold on to each other (or not), and they die. With an eye for the beauty in everyday life, he tells their stories, bringing a bit of empathy to their uncaring world.

The New York Daily News called his music “a treasure hidden in plain sight,” while the Austin Chronicle declared, “there are few contemporaries that compare. He’s become a master craftsman on the order of Guy Clark and John Prine.

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Advanced tickets are $25, available through the Brown Paper Ticket link. $30 at the door, if available, but we expect to sell out quickly.

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Chris Smither

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On Friday, October 12, at 8 p.m., Forty Acres is very happy to welcome Chris back to the Five Oaks clubhouse stage.

“Humor faces down desolation in Nobody’s Home from Call Me Lucky, an existential ramble from the latest album by the sage, scratchy-voiced, blues-rooted, 73-year-old songwriter Chris Smither: Everybody wants to text me cause they ain’t got nothing to say, he notes.”  NY Times March 2, 2018

“Call Me Lucky, is one of the best records of his more than half-century career. It’s a measure of Smithers talent that you can’t tell whether he was really suffering when he made this album or just playing roles. Whatever, his vocals and melodies are captivating and the lyrics sound fresh and evocative.” No Depression.

“One of the best things about seeing Smither in concert is getting to hear his textured voice, which is one of my favorite sounds on Earth. I was also happy to see that a lot of Smither’s new songs don’t shy away from politics. Smither mentioned Trump, the Catholic Church, and issues with the minimum wage in a few of his tunes. He also spoke at length about the process of writing songs and how difficult that can be.” Pulp, May 23, 2018

CALL ME LUCKY, the new record features Smither trademark songs that offer commentary on the human condition with a wink of an eye and pulls from deep in the soul.

To complete the project are a couple of surprise covers that remind us of Chris’s deftness as a song interpreter as he makes the songs his own.

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The Five Oaks clubhouse is located between Chapel Hill and Durham, at 5109 Pine Cone Drive, Durham, NC 27707.

Tickets are $30 advanced, available through the Brown Paper Ticket link, $35 at the door.

All of Chriss prior shows with us have sold out, so the “day of” availability is doubtful.

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