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Steve Martin visits Big Apple

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 – Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers will be performing in New York in mid-March in support of their March 15 release, "Rare Bird Alert "(Rounder).

The new CD is a follow-up to the 2009 release, "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo" (Rounder). Martin will be joined by the Steep Canyon Rangers, who also toured extensively with Martin over the last year and are featured on the new album. While in New York, Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will also be performing on The Late Show with David Letterman on March 16; The View on March 17 and The Colbert Report on March 21.

"Rare Bird Alert" features 13 new Martin-penned tracks, including a live version of King Tut and was produced by Tony Trischka. Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chicks make special guest vocal appearances. Martin co-wrote two of the songs with the Steep Canyon Rangers.

Dates for New York shows are:
Monday, March 14 - Highline Ballroom
Tuesday, March 15 -17 - Joe's Pub
Saturday, March 19 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, Feb. 18.

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