Wednesday, February 16, 2011

STEVE MARTIN AND THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS TO PLAY
NEW YORK IN MARCH

Appearances on Letterman, The View and Colbert Report

Rounder Records is pleased to announce that multi-talented Grammy® and Emmy winning actor/comedian/musician and bestselling author Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers will be performing in New York the week of March 14 in support of their March 15 release, Rare Bird Alert (Rounder).  Rare Bird Alert is a follow-up to his Grammy®-winning 2009 release, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo (Rounder).  Martin will be joined by the Steep Canyon Rangers, who also toured extensively with Martin over the last year and are featured on the new album.  While in New York, Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will also be performing on The Late Show with David Letterman on March 16; The View on March 17 and The Colbert Report on March 21.

Rare Bird Alert features 13 new Martin-penned tracks, including a live version of "King Tut," and was produced by Tony Trischka. Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chicks also make special guest vocal appearances on the album.  Martin co-wrote two of the CD's songs with the Steep Canyon Rangers.

Steve Martin is a four-time Grammy® winner, the latest for The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, which won Best Bluegrass Album (2009), in addition he won 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 which led to the making of, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo which was released on Rounder Records in 2009.

New York Dates (all tickets go on sale on Friday, February 18):
Monday, March 14 – Highline Ballroom
Tuesday, March 15 – Joe’s Pub
Wednesday, March 16 - Joe’s Pub
Thursday, March 17 - Joe’s Pub
Saturday, March 19 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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