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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.

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