b. 28 September 1942, Hertford, North Carolina, USA. Born partially sighted but now totally blind, Forehand is an exceptionally talented guitar player and vocalist. He began singing gospel music on street corners before switching to the electric guitar. Moving to New York in the early 60s, he played at blues clubs as a solo act, calling himself Little Buster, and also with drummer Melvin Taylor, building up a loyal following that enabled him to gradually augment the group with other instruments, including bass, organ, saxophone and trumpet. He recorded sides for Jubilee Records in the 60s, the most successful of which were ‘Looking For A Home’ and ‘Young Boy Blues’, but a mooted album was cancelled.
After two sides on Minit Records Forehand was forced to concentrate on live work, steadily building up a strong reputation throughout the 70s and 80s. Recording as Little Buster And The Soul Brothers for the Rounder offshoot Bullseye Blues, he released the acclaimed Right On Time! in 1996, earning a W.C. Handy nomination for Best Soul Blues Album. Apart from the seasoned originals (some of which dated to an aborted recording session in the mid-80s), the album included a track, ‘Whatever It Takes’, written by legendary songwriter Dan Penn.