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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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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The Crow: New Songs For The Five-String Banjo
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