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Steve Forbert Launches “Native Mississippians” Music Series in Pascagoula

Grammy-nominated Steve Forbert returns home to help launch a new live music series in his home state of Mississippi.

The Meridian native will perform at the Grand Magnolia Ballroom in Pascagoula on Tuesday, May 3 as part of the “Native Mississippians Singer/Songwriter Sessions.”

The show will start at 7 p.m. and tickets are on sale at http://www.grandmagmusic.com or in person at Scranton’s Restaurant.

Libby Rae Watson of Pascagoula will open the show.

Forbert left Mississippi in his early twenties and headed to New York, the first stop in what would become a critically acclaimed career spanning more than four decades. He was at the forefront of the roots/rock movement in the United States, helping to develop the “Americana” musical genre before the term was even coined.

His biggest hit, “Romeo’s Tune”, was released shortly after his arrival. The song reached number 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

“Romeo’s Tune is the song that gave me a career in music,” Forbert said. “If you can conjure up six or seven hit records, that’s wonderful. But you gotta have one. It gets you a ticket to the show.

Along the way, he received a Grammy nomination, had his songs performed by Keith Urban, Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart, and even appeared alongside Cyndi Lauper in her music video for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

The Forbert show kicks off the new “Native Mississippian Singer/Songwriter Sessions” at the Grand Magnolia. Other shows in the series will include a pair of Mac McAnally concerts on Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14 as well as a Paul Overstreet show on Friday July 8.