Steve Martin gigs on A Prairie Home Companion
Thursday, June 18, 2009
– Steve Martin will perform during a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion on Saturday, June 27. The live broadcast, hosted by Garrison Keillor, returns to Tanglewood, Mass. for the 10th annual live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion from the Koussevitzky Shed. The show will feature special guests bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers and Martin performing songs from his musical debut CD, "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo" (Rounder).
Actor Martin Sheen and musician Stuart Duncan also will be on the bill.
Martin released the disc on his own through Amazon in January and then Rounder put it out May 19. Rounder also released a deluxe pop-up version of the album, on June 16, which included two additional songs; an instrumental version of Late for School and The Slow Crow. Martin wrote all songs on the CD.
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Following up their 2009 Grammy Award winning "The Crow," Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers present another stellar bluegrass release. With this one, Martin stretches his musical wings by writing or co-writing all of the songs and brings along his trademark brand of humor as well.
This features the same outstanding instrumentals supplied by the exceptional Steep Canyon Rangers, and, of course, Martin on banjo, but also includes a much more vocal and lyrical presence to enjoy. ...
Although primarily known for his award-winning work as an actor, writer and stand-up comedian, Steve Martin is also a talented five-string banjo player with a lifelong love affair with the instrument. Martin played the banjo on his comedy albums in the late 1970s and made guest appearances on more recent recordings from other artists including Earl Scruggs and Tony Trischka, but his relationship with the instrument was never officially consummated on-record until this debut full-length musical ...