Martin, Rangers spotlighted on World News
Friday, October 7, 2011
– Following their win last week at the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards for Entertainer of the Year, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers will appear on ABC's "World News with Diane Sawyer" tonight at 5:30 p.m. central / 6:30 p.m. eastern.
The segment will spotlight Martin's banjo career as well as his landmark year with the Steep Canyon Rangers including their album, "Rare Bird Alert" on Rounder Records, and tour.
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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 ...