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Steve Martin performs on American Idol finale

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – Steve Martin will perform a song that he wrote from his musical debut CD, "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo" (Rounder), on the American Idol finale this Wednesday, May 20. Finalists are Adam Lambert and Kris Allen.

After an exclusive release through Amazon earlier this year, the CD is out today to all music retailers. Martin will perform music with The Steep Canyon Ranger for three shows at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York on May 27 and 28. Martin will be a featured guest at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on May 30 during Vince Gill's portion of the concert/radio shows. In addition to Gill, several of the other players who performed on "The Crow" will perform with him including Gary Scruggs, Tim O'Brien and Stewart Duncan. Martin will also be appearing on Tavis Smiley on May 19, the Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 25 and on Jimmy Fallon on June 2.

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Rare Bird Alert CD review - Rare Bird Alert
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. »»»
The Crow: New Songs For The Five-String Banjo CD review - The Crow: New Songs For The Five-String Banjo
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 »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Womack planned a good night – Lee Ann Womack pretty much summed up where she's at these days in concluding her show with Don Williams "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good." The ever-strong voiced country traditionalist sang, "I don't need fortune and I don't need fame" with the concluding line of the stanza asking the Man upstairs to "plan a good day for me.... »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
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