Martin, Brickell announce new CD
Thursday, August 20, 2015
– Steve Martin and Edie Brickell will release their second studio album "So Familiar," on Rounder Records on Oct. 30.
Produced by Peter Asher, the album features 12 new songs.
"So Familiar" is the follow-up to 2013's "Love Has Come for You," which won the Grammy for Best American Roots Song and also inspired their new musical "Bright Star. The show, which was originally staged last year at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, will open at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 17 to be followed by a Broadway premiere in 2016.
Martin and Brickell toured together, which led to "LIVE: Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell" coming out last year.
"I guess that this is the logical sequel to the first album, but it's also different in a lot of ways," Martin said. "It sounds bigger and wider, and it has a lush feeling that I really like. I think that Edie's voice sounds beautiful with these arrangements, and I love the way the banjo sounds with strings. Peter really had a vision for this record, and he really came up with some wonderful things."
"What Peter did was so beautiful," said Brickell. "He has a great musical imagination, and he always surprises us. I'm so impressed by his ability to come up with things that feel grand and intimate at the same time. Peter has a really great ability to create something majestic and incorporate that into a traditional-sounding song."
Béla Fleck, who is featured on "Heart of the Dreamer," bassist Leland Sklar, Cobra Starship's Victoria Asher, Mike Einziger of Incubus, film composer/arranger Geoff Zanelli and Martin's longtime bluegrass cohorts the Steep Canyon Rangers all help out.
"So Familiar" will include two exclusive bonus tracks when fans order at Barnes & Noble. Fans ordering there before Nov. 8 will automatically be entered into a drawing for a one-of-a-kind handwritten signed lyric book, a signed specialty screen printed banjo head & Deering banjo as well as a pair of tickets to opening night of "Bright Star" in Washington.
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- 04/28/14: Brickell, Simon arrested, charged with being disorderly
- 02/24/14: Martin, Brickell team for summer tour
- 02/20/14: Martin, Brickell go live
- 07/26/13: Martin, Brickell, SCR visit World Cafe
- 06/19/13: Martin, Brickell play Telluride, replace Mumford & Sons
- 05/06/13: Martin, Brickell play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight
Much as the duo of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell are reaching toward each other on their second album's cover, their second pairing bridges musical spectrums. Unfortunately, not entirely successfully.
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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. »»»
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