Comedian, actor, author, playwright and Grammy Award-winning banjoist Steve Martin takes centre stage with the Steep Canyon Rangers and special guest Edie Brickell to perform new music from their upcoming release Love Has Come For You (in stores April 23). Love Has Come for You features 13 compositions that combine Steve Martin's inventive five-string banjo work with Edie Brickell’s distinctive vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics.
Over the years, Martin used his banjo in his comedy. But there is another side of him that clearly takes the music seriously.
"When I first started doing my comedy act," Martin explains, "I just desperately needed material. So I took literally everything I knew how to do on stage with me, which was juggling, magic and banjo and my little comedy routines. I always felt the audience sorta tolerated the serious musical parts while I was doing my comedy. I just have an affection for it offstage and the sounds it can make. It's magic, and it's beautiful."
In 2001, he played banjo on Earl Scruggs's remake of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". The recording was the winner of the Best Country Instrumental Performance category at the Grammy Awards of 2002. In 2008, Martin appeared with the band, In the Minds of the Living, during a show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In 2009 Martin released his first all-music album, The Crow: The album won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member John McEuen produced the album.