Premiere: John Oates, Bekka Bramlett Sing Steve Forbert’s ‘I Blinked Once’

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John Oates and Bekka Bramlett

The first single to be released from Blue Rose Music‘s upcoming An American Troubadour: The Songs Of Steve Forbert album, is a rousing performance by John Oates and Bekka Bramlett of the song “I Blinked Once.” Best Classic Bands is delighted to premiere the video today (April 19), in advance of its official release on April 21.

The album showcases a number of notable artists lending their voices and style to classic Steve Forbert songs.

Forbert’s debut album, Alive on Arrival, was released in 1978 and featured such memorable songs as “Goin’ Down to Laurel” and “You Cannot Win if You Do Not Play.” His 1980 single, “Romeo’s Tune,” reached #11 on the pop charts. He has since recorded over 20 albums.

The acclaimed singer-songwriter wrote “I Blinked Once” in 1987 for his 1988 album Streets Of This Town, originally released on Geffen Records. “It was one of the easiest songs that I have ever written,” he says. “I got up in the middle of the night and wrote it by moonlight. I recorded it at Garry Tallent’s Shorefire Studio in Long Branch, New Jersey. Now almost 30 years later, John Oates and Bekka Bramlett have recorded their version in Nashville.” The song was produced by Oates and David Kalmusky at Addiction Studios.

Watch the video for “I Blinked Once”…

Oates says: “It was very cool for me to be able to re-imagine Steve’s song. I was drawn to his great lyrics and ability to take a simple idea and craft it into a memorable song. We gave it a harder edge in the production and turned it into a duet with myself and the legendary Bekka Bramlett, whose energy is a thing to behold.”

John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. He and Hall were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Oates knows a good song when he hears one: he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.

Oates released his much-anticipated memoir, Change of Seasons, in March 2017 via St. Martin’s Press. Hall & Oates are co-headlining a North American arena tour this summer with Tears for Fears.

Bekka Bramlett has recorded with dozens of artists including Bob Seger, Robert Plant, Buddy Guy, Rita Coolidge and Faith Hill and toured with Fleetwood Mac and Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo. She is the daughter of classic rock legends Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett.

Adds Steve Forbert: “Thanks to John for putting his legendary stamp on ‘I Blinked Once‘ and for taking the time from his busy schedule to film a video. His cover is a great way to kick off the An American Troubadour album and teaming up with Bekka Bramlett was a wonderful choice, as I have enjoyed working with her in Nashville myself.”

Listen to “I Blinked Once” here…

Joe Poletto, Founder of Blue Rose Music adds: “There is so much depth to Steve’s words and music and we’re honored to have Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates and his fine collaborator Bekka Bramlett cover ‘I Blinked Once.’ Their take on this classic Forbert tune captures the spirit of Steve and marks the first of many wonderful covers to be found in the record. We are proud to share this troubadour album with all of Steve’s fans around the world.”

Blue Rose Music is an artist collective that assists in the business and creative development of select musicians and projects. A portion of all revenue is donated to The Blue Rose Foundation, which provides pre-school scholarships to financially disadvantaged children.

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  1. Jack the hugger
    #1 Jack the hugger 22 April, 2017, 09:51

    Maybe Steve Forbert will get more attention from the songwriters hall of fame with this tribute cd

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