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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the early '80s, Steve Martin gave up a wildly successful career as a standup comic to focus on acting, becoming a bankable film star, and enjoying rewarding sidelines as an author and playwright. But decades later, Martin took a route back to live performing by turning to his skills as a banjo player -- he'd long used the banjo as part of his stage act, and his final comedy LP, 1981's The Steve Martin Brothers, featured one side of jokes and another of bluegrass-influenced instrumentals. In 2009, Martin released an all-music album called The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, and he was soon touring regularly in tandem with the progressive bluegrass band the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the early '80s, Steve Martin gave up a wildly successful career as a standup comic to focus on acting, becoming a bankable film star, and enjoying rewarding sidelines as an author and playwright. But decades later, Martin took a route back to live performing by turning to his skills as a banjo player -- he'd long used the banjo as part of his stage act, and his final comedy LP, 1981's The Steve Martin Brothers, featured one side of jokes and another of bluegrass-influenced instrumentals. In 2009, Martin released an all-music album called The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, and he was soon touring regularly in tandem with the progressive bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers. Four years into their collaboration, Martin and the Rangers have become a strong live act who don't have to rely on his gags to please a crowd (though the gags are certainly welcome), as evidenced by this album, taken from a show recorded for broadcast on PBS. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live absolutely lives up to its title, with Martin and the band joined on several numbers by singer/songwriter Brickell, who collaborated with Martin on the 2013 album Love Has Come for You. While Martin is funny, he's not a great vocalist, so Brickell brings a strong set of pipes, some fine lyrics, and a warm stage presence to this show, and given her wildly uneven body of work since scoring a hit in 1988 with "What I Am," her work with Martin ranks with the best music she's made since her debut. The Steep Canyon Rangers are in superb form here, filling out the tunes with expert playing and richly imaginative arrangements. For the most part, Martin is content to play the banjo in this concert, and if he's something short of a virtuoso, he's certainly talented and possesses a strong melodic sense, which he displays on original compositions like "Daddy Played the Banjo" and "The Crow." And to no one's surprise, when Martin does go for a laugh, it works, especially on the a cappella number "Atheists Don't Have No Songs," as well as the witty but mordant "Pretty Little One," which shifts gears midway from a love song to a murder ballad. Martin is hardly the first actor of note to take a flier at music, but his 21st century albums have proved he's no dilettante, and Live confirms he can go on-stage without a net and emerge with flying colors; if he wanted to keep doing this instead of another Pink Panther sequel, most fans would probably consider it time better spent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2014
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661884625
  • Catalog Number: 618846
  • Sales rank: 12,636

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Katie Mae - Steep Canyon Rangers
  2. 2 Daddy Played the Banjo - Steep Canyon Rangers
  3. 3 Jubilation Day - Steep Canyon Rangers
  4. 4 The Crow - Steep Canyon Rangers
  5. 5 Get Along Stray Dog - Steep Canyon Rangers
  6. 6 Love Has Come for You - Steep Canyon Rangers
  7. 7 Fighter - Steep Canyon Rangers
  8. 8 Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Baby - Steep Canyon Rangers
  9. 9 Stand and Deliver - Steep Canyon Rangers
  10. 10 Hunger - Steep Canyon Rangers
  11. 11 Atheists Don't Have No Songs - Steep Canyon Rangers
  12. 12 The Great Remember (For Nancy) - Steep Canyon Rangers
  13. 13 Sun's Gonna Shine - Steep Canyon Rangers
  14. 14 When You Get to Asheville - Steep Canyon Rangers
  15. 15 Shawnee - Steep Canyon Rangers
  16. 16 Yes She Did - Steep Canyon Rangers
  17. 17 Pretty Little One - Steep Canyon Rangers
  18. 18 Auden's Train - Steep Canyon Rangers
  19. 19 The Dance at the Wedding - Steep Canyon Rangers
  20. 20 Remember Me This Way - Steep Canyon Rangers
  21. 21 Pitkin County Turnaround/So Long Now - Steep Canyon Rangers
Disc 2
  1. 1 Katie Mae - Steep Canyon Rangers (2:42)
  2. 2 Jubilation Day - Steep Canyon Rangers (3:29)
  3. 3 Get Along Stray Dog - Steep Canyon Rangers (2:00)
  4. 4 Yes She Did - Steep Canyon Rangers (1:36)
  5. 5 Love Has Come for You - Steep Canyon Rangers (3:02)
  6. 6 The Crow - Steep Canyon Rangers (3:49)
  7. 7 Fighter - Steep Canyon Rangers (2:36)
  8. 8 Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Baby - Steep Canyon Rangers (2:56)
  9. 9 Hunger - Steep Canyon Rangers (2:35)
  10. 10 Atheists Don't Have No Songs - Steep Canyon Rangers (2:39)
  11. 11 The Great Remember (For Nancy) - Steep Canyon Rangers (2:33)
  12. 12 Sun's Gonna Shine - Steep Canyon Rangers (3:27)
  13. 13 When You Get to Asheville - Steep Canyon Rangers (3:22)
  14. 14 Pretty Little One - Steep Canyon Rangers (4:21)
  15. 15 Auden's Train - Steep Canyon Rangers (5:40)
  16. 16 The Dance at the Wedding - Steep Canyon Rangers (3:00)
  17. 17 Remember Me This Way - Steep Canyon Rangers (3:46)
  18. 18 Pitkin County Turnaround/So Long Now - Steep Canyon Rangers (4:26)
  19. 19 Daddy Played the Banjo - Steep Canyon Rangers (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Edie Brickell Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Steve Martin Composer, Lyricist
Peter Asher Producer, Musical Producer
Edie Brickell Composer, Lyricist
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer, Mastering
Gary Scruggs Composer
David Horn Director, Executive Producer
Graham Sharp Composer
Mark Linnett Engineer
Wystan Hugh Auden Poetry
Don Worsham Engineer
Scott Pascucci Executive Producer
John Beug Executive Producer
Steve Jones Engineer
Woody Platt Composer
Nicky Sanders Composer
Albert J. Roman Art Direction
Mitch Owgang Producer
John Virant Executive Producer
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