Film-star turned country-artist Steve Martin has joined up with the Grammy-winning North Carolina-based band the Steep Canyon Rangers, to record and release The Long-Awaited Album, out on Rounder Records/Decca Records on 22nd September
The record is full of stories that mix humour and melancholy, whimsy and realism, rich characters and concrete details. And lots of banjos!
Steve Martin’s musical career is an extension of the storytelling impulse that drove his work as a comedian, an actor, a screenwriter, a playwright, an essayist, and a novelist. The Grammy Award winning musician found his love for the banjo at the age of 17 and originally used the instrument as part of his stand-up comedy routine. But in 2010, Martin released his first album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-Strong Banjo, and since then, Martin has played many prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, Stagecoach, Bonnaroo, New Orleans’ Jazzfest and The Newport Folk Festival, Royal Festival Hall in London, and the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Martin released his second full-length bluegrass album Rare Bird Alert in 2011
For more information, visit www.stevemartin.com