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CRITIC'S CHOICE

Steve Forbert, Tuesday, January 9, at the Little Bear in Evergreen, enjoyed a brief vogue in the late Seventies and early Eighties: He earned ecstatic reviews for his first album (1978's Alive on Arrival), a hit single, "Romeo's Tune," from his second (1979's Jackrabbit Slim) and enduring respect from listeners, in spite of the diminishing commercial returns of his subsequent long-players. But although the years have sanded off some of his boyishness, he's still a vibrant performer who can light up a room armed with nothing more substantial than an acoustic guitar and a mouth harp. Most of all, his new songs are just as strong as the old ones everyone wants to hear him play. Listen and you'll understand.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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