Thursday, July 13, 2017
– Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers will release "The Long-Awaited Album" on Rounder Records on Sept. 22.
Produced by Grammy-winning producer Peter Asher, who worked with Linda Ronstadt, the new album is a collection of 14 new songs including "Caroline," "All Night Long" and "Santa Fe."
Martin found his love for the banjo at 17 and originally used the instrument as part of his standup comedy routine. But in 2010, Martin released his first album, "The Crow: New Songs for the 5-Strong Banjo."
Martin released his second full-length bluegrass album, "Rare Bird Alert," in 2011. Martin also collaborated with Edie Brickell on "Love Has Come For You," which combines Martin's five-string banjo work with Brickell's vocals. Martin and Brickell tookwont he Grammy Award for "Best American Roots Song" for the album's title track. Martin and Brickell's second collaboration "So Familiar" earned widespread critical acclaim and also inspired their Broadway musical "Bright Star."
The Steep Canyon Rangers and Martin will host their album release celebration on Saturday, Sept. 30 at The IBMA World of Bluegrass