He spent much of the decade in Nashville, where he continued honing his songwriting skills and performed regularly throughout the South. In 1988, he signed to Geffen
, where the E Street Band's Garry Tallent
produced his comeback album, Streets of This Town. Pete Anderson
took over the production reins for 1992's The American in Me, but Forbert's continued lack of chart success prompted the label to cut him loose. A deal with the Warner Bros.
label resulted in two more studio albums, 1995's Mission of the Crossroad Palms and 1996's Rocking Horse Head, but in 1998 Forbert moved into independent territory for his next album, the rollicking live set Here's Your Pizza. Forbert signed with Koch Records
for his next studio disc, 2000's Evergreen Boy, where he also released Any Old Time (a tribute to country music legend Jimmie Rodgers
) in 2002 and Just Like There's Nothin' to It (a collection of new songs) in 2004.
During this period, Forbert also released two compilations of rare and unreleased material, Young, Guitar Days and More Young, Guitar Days, as well as several live recordings. On Stage at World Cafe Live appeared in 2007 from Decca Vision
as well as a new studio set, Strange Names and New Sensations, from 429 Records
that same year. The Place and the Time arrived in 2009. The Chris Goldsmith-produced Over with You, a sparse song cycle that showed Forbert's fine songwriting skills, appeared in 2012. Compromised, a thoughtful and easygoing set including contributions from Joey Spampinato of NRBQ
, songwriter and trumpeter Kami Lyle
, and veteran producer John Simon
, arrived in 2015, while 2017 saw the release of Flying at Night, his 17th studio long-player. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi