The Forbes Brothers
A recent Free Press review of this album says that the songwriting "rivals even surpasses much of what's coming out of mainstream Nashville nowadays." I'm inclined to agree, although, as everyone knows by now, that has little to do with success in this airbrushed era of Nashvegas music, when each twang must be perfectly equalized and every singer picture-perfect and preferably adolescent. But there's a place for a band like the Forbes Brothers in the bars and festivals of their home state, beloved by their legions of fans, who know all the words and sing along. This seven-piece band rarely ventures to our town (I wonder why), but it'll be at the Ark on Thursday, August 12. You're more than welcome to grab a beer and try out the band's most undeniably hooky tune:
| Hip-hop, country-rock, blue-eyed soul, and rock 'n' roll: |
Mix it with the blues, and I'll meet you at the crossroads.
Come on, Ann Arbor, you know you want to.
[Originally published in August, 2004.]