Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

So my dad informed me the other day that he read in the paper that we have a new neighbor just up the road in Brevard, NC; One Mr. Steve Martin. Apparently he has settled into the mountains here to hang out with his new band The Steep Canyon Rangers.

For those of you who are unaware, this is the same Steve Martin of TV and movies.
He has been a banjo player since his early years as a stand up comic and even scored a number 17 hit with King Tut back in 1978.

Since those early days Martin has played with a number of bluegrass legends on several albums and in 2009 recorded an album "The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo" which won him the Grammy for best Bluegrass album in 2010. Check out the title track The Crow and see for yourself that he should be taken seriously as a musician.

The Crow [mp3] - Steve Martin (iTunes)

and below is a video why you can still laugh at Steve Martin =)


boyhowdy said...

It's a great combo, too - though I haven't seen 'em together, I have seen the SCR several times, and they're generally awesome and hilarious.

Curt Shannon said...

Very cool... Martin is no virtuoso on banjo, but is certainly passable. Good song and the video is hilarious.