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Steve Martin slates Opry debut

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 – Steve Martin will make his Grand Ole Opry debut May 30 with a performance from his first music album, "The Crow - New Songs for the Five-String Banjo." Life-long friend John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), who produced the album and assembled an all-star cast to record with Martin, will appear on the show along with Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Stuart Duncan and Tim O'Brien.

The artists will perform songs from the "The Crow" album, and Martin will sing Late for School, the second time he will have sung in public since an appearance on Saturday Night Live earlier this year, when he hosted for the 15th time.

"We're excited to welcome Steve Martin to the Opry in May," said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. "Of course, we've all been fans of his work on stage, television, and in film for years, but we've also been very impressed with his musicianship. Just as when other celebrities from all walks of life have paid the Opry a visit in the past, this will be a great night for all of us - for the Opry, for Steve, and for all of his fans and ours coming out to the show and tuning in."

McEuen and Martin began their friendship as teenagers in Orange County, Cal., working at Disneyland's Magic Shop, and have worked together over the years on various projects. "This will be a lifelong memory high point - one of just how far a dream can go," McEuen said. "Two kids from Orange County at the Opry. Well, when Steve picks, fans will see how much it means to him to bring his music to the heart of country music. The audience will find out he's a musician disguised as an actor."

"The Crow" is currently available exclusively through Amazon, but will be available at all music retailers later this year,

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