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Steve Martin plans tour

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 – Steve Martin will tour in support of his first CD with the Steep Canyon Rangers backing him up.

Martin released "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo" on his own and then the CD was picked up by Rounder. He played gigs in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles, but now will open his tour Sept. 9 in Nashville and end Nov. 3 in Seattle.

Tour dates are:
Sept. 9 Nashville GRAMMY Salute to Country Music
Sept. 12 Brevard, N.C. Mountain Song Festival
Oct. 1 Nashville IBMA
Oct. 3 San Francisco Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Oct. 6 New York Carnegie Hall
Oct. 7 Boston Wang Center
Oct. 9 Atlanta Chastain Park Amphitheater
Oct. 10 Charlotte, NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Oct. 11 Nashville Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 12 Washington, DC Kennedy Center
Oct. 15 Toronto, ON Roy Thomson Hall
Oct. 19 Philadelphia Verizon Theater
Oct. 22 Chicago Cadillac Palace Theatre
Oct. 24 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
Oct. 27 Dallas, TX Meyerson Symphony Center
Nov. 2 Spokane, WA Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox
Nov. 3 Seattle, WA Benaroya Hall Martin is a three-time Grammy winner, the latest for his collaboration with Earl Scruggs on "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" (2001) and two for comedy albums "Wild and Crazy Guy" (1978) and "Let's Get Small" (1977) After playing on "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" with Scruggs, Martin began writing a string of new banjo songs, some with lyrics and some as instrumentals. An album 45 years in the making, "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo" features special vocal appearances by Mary Black, Vince Gill, Tim O'Brien, Dolly Parton and instrumental guest spots by Scruggs, John McEuen, Stuart Duncan, Jerry Douglas, Pete Wernick and Tony Trischka. The CD was recorded in Dublin, Hollywood, Nashville and New Jersey.

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Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
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