Live [Blu-Ray + CD]

Live [Blu-Ray + CD]

by Steep Canyon Rangers
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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. 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. [Live was released on both CD/DVD and Blu-Ray.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2014
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0888072352742
catalogNumber:
613527
Rank:
109178

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Tracks

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

  1. Katie Mae
  2. Jubilation Day
  3. Get Along Stray Dog
  4. Yes She Did
  5. Love Has Come for You
  6. The Crow
  7. Fighter
  8. Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Baby
  9. Hunger
  10. Atheists Don't Have No Songs
  11. The Great Remember (For Nancy)
  12. Sun's Gonna Shine
  13. When You Get to Asheville
  14. Pretty Little One
  15. Auden's Train
  16. The Dance at the Wedding
  17. Remember Me This Way
  18. Pitkin County Turnaround/So Long Now
  19. Daddy Played the Banjo

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steep Canyon Rangers   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Steve Martin   Composer,Lyricist
Peter Asher   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   Liner Notes
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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