Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers
Steve Martin is currently in the fifth decade of a uniquely varied and accomplished career in which he's excelled as a comedian, actor, author and playwright, and as a Grammy-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer.
This spring, Rounder Records will release Steve Martin’s third full length album called “Love Has Come For You.” The album is a unique collaboration with songwriter Edie Brickell and is set for release on April 23. The remarkable new album offers 13 eloquently rootsy compositions that combine Martin’s inventive five-string banjo work with Brickell’s distinctive vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics. “Love Has Come For You” is a substantial departure, as a well as a creative milestone, for both artists.
In 2011, Martin released his second full length bluegrass album “Rare Bird Alert.” Produced by Tony Trishka, the album featured 13 Martin-penned tracks as well as special guest vocal appearances by Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chicks. Additionally, Martin co-wrote two of the CD’s songs with the Grammy®-winning bluegrass band, Steep Canyon Rangers. Prior to this, Martin was honored with a Grammy® for his debut album, “The Crow: New Songs For The Five-String Banjo,” which won for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010.
Martin began his career on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967-1969), for which he earned his first Emmy Award® for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety, or Music in 1969. In the mid-1970s, Martin shone as a stand-up on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and made appearances on HBO’s On Location and NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Martin’s films are widely popular successes and are the kind of movies that are viewed again and again: The Jerk (1979), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), Roxanne (1987), Parenthood (1989), L.A. Story (1991), Father of the Bride (1991), and Bowfinger (1999).