Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers, Brickell tour
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
– Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell announced their North American dates today for a tour which kicks off on May 22 in Ft. Meyers, Fla.
The tour is the first for Martin and Brickell, who will perform songs from their album "Love Has Come for You," set for release on April 23 on Rounder Records.
The disc features 13 rootsy compositions that combine Martin's five-string banjo work with Brickell's vocals and lyrics. The album was produced by Peter Asher (James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Linda Ronstadt) and features Esperanza Spalding on bass, veteran studio guitarist Waddy Wachtel and Nickel Creek alumni Sara and Sean Watkins.
The SCR and Martin have recorded and tour together.
Tour dates are:
May 22 Fort Meyers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
May 23 St Petersburg, FL Mahaffey Theater
May 24 West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
May 25 Tallahassee, FL Florida State University Ruby Diamond Auditorium
May 26 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheater
May 27 N. Charleston, SC N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
May 29 Nashville, TN Schermerhorn Symphony Center
May 31 Greensboro, NC War Memorial Auditorium
Jun 21 Stamford, CT Palace Theatre
Jun 22 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
Jun 23 Kingston, NY Ulster Performing Arts Center
Jun 25 New York, NY Town Hall Theatre
Jun 27 Philadelphia, PA Kimmel Center Verizon Center
Jun 28 Chautauqua, NY Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater
July 1 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall
July 2 Wilkes Barre, PA Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
Additional dates will be announced.
More news for Steve Martin
CD reviews for Steve Martin
Rare Bird Alert
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.
This features the same outstanding instrumentals supplied by the exceptional Steep Canyon Rangers, and, of course, Martin on banjo, but also includes a much more vocal and lyrical presence to enjoy. »»»
The Crow: New Songs For The Five-String Banjo
Although primarily known for his award-winning work as an actor, writer and stand-up comedian, Steve Martin is also a talented five-string banjo player with a lifelong love affair with the instrument. Martin played the banjo on his comedy albums in the late 1970s and made guest appearances on more recent recordings from other artists including Earl Scruggs and Tony Trischka, but his relationship with the instrument was never officially consummated on-record until this debut full-length musical »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Yes, Town Mountain is "really good"
Town Mountain exited the stage after concluding its regular set, and when the applause demanded the deserved encore, a fan yelled out "You guys are really good." That the mainly Asheville, N.C.-based bluegrass quintet demonstrated time and again.
Town Mountain merged bluegrass and country sounds with enough alterations during the 81-minute... »»»
Country News Digest
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
Trampled By Turtles is an indie folk group, an alt.-country band or a bluegrass act - depending on how you choose to look at them. Perhaps it's best to view the outfit as the ultimate combo platter consisting of just about everything that's good about American music. They play wonderfully, yet they also write intelligent songs that draw everyone from Townes Van Zandt to Nirvana to Ralph Stanley. It's all good, and some (or all) of these influences can be spotted in most of Trampled By Turtles' enjoyable sounds.... »»»
If you move in alt.-country/Americana circles, you simply cannot get away from the name Parker Millsap. He's certainly one of the biggest buzz artists of 2014. Better still, his self-titled album lives up to all the hype. He's a smart songwriter and a passionate singer and is essential listening for anybody looking for high quality contemporary music. Millsap also creates music appealing to a wide variety of musical tastes. You can make a case that he's a country guy, but you can also hear a lot of blues and folk. And if you attempt to put a label on him, he'll quickly tear it right off.... »»»
What a difference a year can make. Last year, Sturgill Simpson was overly anxious about the arrival of his debut album, "High Top Mountain." This year, Simpson is simultaneously anticipating the birth of his debut child and his just-released sophomore album, "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music," and his mood couldn't be more relaxed and joyous.... »»»
NASHVILLE OUTLAWS: A Tribute To Motley Crue
If you're expecting down home, countrified versions of metal band Motley Crue songs from "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue," you probably don't listen to a whole lot of mainstream "country" music. Most likely, this album's original conception was a rather crass attempt to capitalize on the large contingent of classic rock fans that also listen to and enjoy older rock's continuing influence on contemporary country music. »»»
The No-Hit Wonder
After only four albums in a dozen years, there's a certain truthfulness that comes with a title like "The No-Hit Wonder." On the other hand, Cory Branan's apparent attempt at modesty belies a talent that deserves to garner notice, thanks to a wry yet infectious songwriting style that takes pains to share its strengths without ever requiring a second listen. If Branan is reticent to show he's worthy of chart placement, it's certainly not evident here. »»»
When we last heard from Sunny Sweeney in 2011 with "Concrete," her major label debut on Big Machine showed a very different side of Sweeney, whose album 5 years earlier was appropriately titled "Heartbreakers Hall of Fame." Texas honky tonk and traditional country songs blanketed her debut, but the same could not be said for "Concrete," which was the kind of disc that those bemoaning slicked up country had reason to be right. »»»