So Familiar

So Familiar

by Steve Martin
     
 

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Steve Martin picked up his banjo again in 2009, recording his first-ever all-instrumental album with his Steep Canyon Rangers, and then he wound up devoting the better part of the next half decade to the instrument he loved since a teenager. Never shy on-stage, he nevertheless wasn't a natural frontperson, so once he ran through two albums with the Rangers, he joined

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Steve Martin picked up his banjo again in 2009, recording his first-ever all-instrumental album with his Steep Canyon Rangers, and then he wound up devoting the better part of the next half decade to the instrument he loved since a teenager. Never shy on-stage, he nevertheless wasn't a natural frontperson, so once he ran through two albums with the Rangers, he joined forces with Edie Brickell, an unexpected but natural fit. Bluegrass may not have been in Brickell's vocabulary per se but she's an old versatile folkie comfortable with an array of Americana, something proven out by her new millennial group the Gaddabouts. When Brickell teamed with Martin, they found a common folk-pop ground assisted by producer Peter Asher on 2013's Love Has Come for You, and its 2015 sequel So Familiar is indeed a sequel: it offers more of the same, more of the tasteful dance numbers and romanticism heard on the first. This is hardly a bad thing. Martin and Brickell have an easy, natural chemistry, with Edie helping to focus Steve's nimble, graceful playing while the banjoist returns the favor by loosening up the singer, so she doesn't seem as precious as she sometimes did with the New Bohemians. While the duo sometimes sneaks a glance toward yesterday -- "Another Round" rambles forward like a square dance and "Way Back in the Day" makes its nostalgia plain -- this is unapologetically well-tailored contemporary music, drawing upon the traditions of Kentucky and Laurel Canyon to create something gentle, pretty, and substantive, something that is as enchanting as it was the first time around.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2015
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0888072373952
catalogNumber:
613739
Rank:
4423

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Martin   Primary Artist
Peter Asher   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Ukulele,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Guitar (Resonator),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Edie Brickell   Background Vocals
Béla Fleck   Baritone
Nathaniel Kunkel   Banjo,Percussion
Victoria Asher   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Graham Sharp   Banjo,Background Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Chris Bleth   Clarinet,Penny Whistle
Rob Berman   Piano,Accordion,Celeste,Harmonium,fender rhodes
Mike Einziger   Electric Guitar
Steep Canyon Rangers   Banjo
Steve Aho   Banjo,Percussion,Piano,Conga,Drums,Marimbas,Background Vocals,Vibes,Cajon,Hand Clapping
Mike Guggino   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Charles Humphrey   Double Bass
Woody Platt   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Nicky Sanders   Fiddle
Jeff Alan Ross   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Baritone Saxophone,Wurlitzer,Guitar (Baritone),Hammond B3
Ann Marie Simpson   Violin
Mike Ashworth   Percussion
Cindy Wu   Violin
Isaiah Gage   Celli
Vardan Gasparyan   Celli
Koyo Kim   Viola
Abby Khalek   Violin
Rachel Kim   Violin

Technical Credits

Steve Martin   Composer
Peter Asher   Producer
Edie Brickell   Composer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Vocal Engineer,Drum Engineering,Percussion Engineer
Chris Bleth   Engineer
Geoff Zanelli   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,String Conductor
Julian Dreyer   Engineer
Ann Marie Simpson   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,String Conductor

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