Steve Martin With His Banjo Hangs Out With The Steep Canyon Rangers Again In The Studio To Make (A) The Long Awaited Album!!

Read about Steve Martin‘s new banjo project with Steep Canyon Rangers.



Comedian and movie star Steve Martin is no slouch with the banjo.

In 2009 he released an album of almost all original tunes called The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, issued on major label Rounder Records and produced by John McEuen of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Martin then joined forces with North Carolina’s bluegrass blue-blood, Grammy-winning outfit Steep Canyon Rangers, which served as his stellar backup band to promote the record.  (Listening Through The Lens caught this on the road at the New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2010 and was won over by their musicianship and humour).

The successful collaboration led to the release of 2011’s Rare Bird Alert, which featured Martin as a temporary member of the Rangers and included guest spots by none other than Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks.  Two collaborative albums with Edie Brickell (HER lyrics and vocals, hIS banjo melodies) followed, again with acclaim.

Now we have a new release, called somewhat tongue-in-cheekily-entitled The Long Awaited Album.  It will be out September 22, 2017 (again via Rounder Records) and reportedly will be replete with tales covering a wide spectrum of emotions including a fair dollop of whimsy.



The Long Awaited Album Track List

1. Santa Fe

2. Caroline

3. All Night Long

4. Canadian Girl

5. Office Supplies

6. Bad Night

7. Strangest Christmas Yet

8. Always Will

9. So Familiar

10. Nights in the Lab

11. Angeline the Barista

12. On the Water

13. Girl From River Run

14. Promontory Point


If you want a laugh, have a look at this mouth-watering promo:



Read more about the Steep Canyon Rangers on this site – HERE and THERE and THERE AGAIN and LASTLY.


Read about Steve Martin‘s new banjo project with Steep Canyon Rangers.


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