Wait no longer for Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers disc

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

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Rare Bird Alert CD review - 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 CD review - 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 »»»