Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers announce tour

Thursday, January 19, 2012 – Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers announced tour dates in support of "Rare Bird Alert" (Rounder Records), a Grammy nominee for Best Bluegrass Album.

Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will make stops at several venues and festivals including a performance at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Cal. and multiple nights with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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)

Tour dates are:

Feb. 10 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort & Casino- Grand Theatre

Feb. 11 Porterville, CA Eagle Mountain Casino

April 28 Indio, CA Stagecoach Festival

April 29 Santa Barbara, CA The Granada

May 29-30 Boston Symphony Hall

June 21 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre

More dates will be announced soon.

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