Steve Forbert: "Any Old Time"

Steve Forbert’s tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, "Any Old Time," has been nominated for a 2004 Grammy in the best traditional folk category. Rodgers was country music’s first superstar, grabbing the public’s imagination between 1927 and his death in 1933. His songs are passionate, wistful and gritty – and that’s exactly how Steve Forbert presents them, capturing their timeless power and appeal.
"Any Old Time"
Released: 1/1/2003
Label: Koch
Genre: Country
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Jimmy Rogers
Steve Forbert says Jimmie Rodgers was the Elvis Presley of his day, joyfully singing songs that ranged from rockers to ballads.
Choosing Songs
Forbert says he sifted through Rodger’s 120-song catalog to select songs that would appeal to modern audiences.
Train Whistle Blues
Jimmie Rodgers often sang about trains and hobos, but the wandering and loneliness in his songs is timeless.
Bar Room Life
In two songs, "Blue Yodel #9," and "Gambling Barroom Blues," Forbert says Rodgers portrayed the bravado and despair of alcoholics.
Rough and Rowdy Ways
This song, whose arrangement was inspired by Buddy Holly, makes Forbert believe that Rodgers lived what he sang about.
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