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STEVE MARTIN RECEIVES GRAMMY NOMINATION  FOR “BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM”

Martin Named Billboard’s #1 Top Bluegrass Artist and
CD For The Year; “The Crow” Continues Its #1
Chart Position This Week Having Been #1 For 25 Weeks

LOS ANGELES, CA—December 17, 2009—Grammy® and Emmy© winning actor, comedian, author and musician Steve Martin has received a Grammy nomination for “Best Bluegrass Album” for The Crow: New Songs For The Five-String Banjo (Rounder.)  Billboard Magazine has named Martin as the Top Bluegrass Artist of 2009 and The Crow: New Songs For The Five-String Banjo the top Bluegrass Album of the year.  The Crow once again reaches #1on the Top Bluegrass Albums chart having been on the charts for 42 weeks and holding the #1 spot for 25 of those weeks. Steve wrote or arranged all of the songs on the album, plays banjo on all of the tracks and sings the vocals on the comedic “Late For School” track. This past fall Martin toured North America and played Royal Festival Hall in London, with the award-winning bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers, in support of the CD which won two International Bluegrass Music Association awards.

Steve Martin is a three-time Grammy® winner, the latest for his collaboration with Earl Scruggs on Foggy Mountain Breakdown (2001) and two for comedy albums Wild and Crazy Guy (1978) and Let’s Get Small (1977.) After playing on the Grammy® Award winning Foggy Mountain Breakdown with Earl Scruggs, Martin began writing a string of new banjo songs, some with lyrics and some as instrumentals. An album 45 years in the making, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo features special vocal appearances by Mary Black, Vince Gill, Tim O’Brien, Dolly Parton and instrumental guest spots by Earl Scruggs, John McEuen (producer of The Crow), Stuart Duncan, Jerry Douglas, Pete Wernick and Tony Trischka. 

Steve will be appearing on The Today Show on December 24th to talk about The Crow and his new movie “It’s Complicated” in which he co-stars with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin.  “It’s Complicated” will be released on Christmas Day.  The 52ndAnnual Grammy Awards are on January 31, 2010 and will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. EST/PST.  It has also been announced that Martin and Baldwin will co-host the 82nd Annual Oscar Awards on March 7th.

For more information on Steve Martin, including message boards, tour dates and more, please visit www.stevemartin.com.

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