Steve Martin issues "Rare Bird Alert"
Thursday, January 6, 2011
– Steve Martin will release his second full length bluegrass album, "Rare Bird Alert," on Rounder Records on March 15. Martin will be joined by the Steep Canyon Rangers, who toured extensively with Martin over the last year.
Following the success of the Grammy Award winning "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo," "Rare Bird Alert features 13 new Martin-penned tracks, including a live version of King Tut and was produced by Tony Trishka. Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chick make special guest vocal appearances on the album. Martin co-wrote two of the songs with the Steep Canyon Rangers.
"'Rare Bird Alert' represents an intense, but joyful period of songwriting and touring. My love of this music continues," said Martin, best known for his comedy and acting.
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