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Steve Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers slate tour dates

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 – Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will tour the U.S. starting with five New York City shows in support of their new CD, "Rare Bird Alert."

The CD will be issued in three formats: the standard CD, vinyl and a deluxe edition that will include specially created trading cards featuring performers on the album. During street week, Martin and SCR will perform on "Late Show with David Letterman" (March 16th), "The View" (March 17th) and "The Colbert Report" (March 21st.) Martin and SCR will be performing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show (May 3 airdate) and the Conan O'Brien Show (May 3). Martin will also be doing three quesetion and answer non-musical evenings ,and the Steep Canyon Rangers have a solo LA show.

"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 also make special guest vocal appearances. Martin co-wrote two of the CD's songs with the Steep Canyon Rangers.

Martin is a four-time Grammy winner, the latest for "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo," which won Best Bluegrass Album (2009), in addition he won 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 the Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Martin began writing a string of new banjo songs, some with lyrics and some as instrumentals which led to the making of "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo."

Dates of concerts and TV appearances are:
March 14 Highline Ballroom, New York Sold out
March 15-17 Joe's Pub, New York Sold out
March 19 Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York Sold out
March 29 Hanover Theater, Worcester, MA (Q&A, no music)
March 30 Palace Theater, Albany, NY (Q&A, no music)
April 29-30 Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
May 1 Coronet, Los Angeles, CA *SCR only
May 3 Ellen DeGeneres Show, Los Angeles, CA (airdate)
May 3 Conan O'Brien Show, Los Angeles, CA
May 18 Merrill Auditorium, Portland, ME
May 19 Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ
May 20 Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Charleston, WV
May 21 Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, NC
May 22 Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NC
May 24 Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN
May 25 Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI (Q&A, no music)
May 26 Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, TN
May 27 The Woods at Fontanel, White Creek, TN
May 28 Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN
May 29 Von Braun Center, Huntsville, AL
June 21 Lexington Opera House, Lexington, KY
June 22 Effingham Performance Center, Effingham, IL
June 23 ROMP - Bill Monroe Celebration, Owensboro, KY
June 28 Mayo Center PAC - community Theater, Morristown, NJ
June 30 The Warner Theatre, Torrington, CT
July 1 Chautaugua Instituiton Amphitheatre, Chautauqua, NY

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