Steve Martin heads to MerleFest
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
– Steve Martin will bring his banjo skills to MerleFest next year.
Martin, who released his first album ever this year, will perform on the Watson Stage on Saturday, May 1. "I've heard great things about MerleFest for years," said Martin. "As a musician, it's an event I'm really looking forward to playing."
Martin released "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo" and has toured with Martin are the Steep Canyon Rangers, who will perform with him at MerleFest.
The SteelDrivers were also confirmed and will perform on Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30.
MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and a celebration of traditional plus music. Scheduled for April 29 - May 2, 2010, the event is held on the campus of Wilkes Community college in Wilkesboro, N.C. Elvis Costello and Jim Lauderdale are among the artists who are performing.
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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.
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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 ...