The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
First off, there's no "King Tut" here, and this isn't Steve Martin with an arrow through his head using the five-string banjo as a prop and trying to be funny. The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo is exactly what the title says it is -- it's a banjo album, spotlighting Martin originals on the instrument (of the 16 tracks, all but one are his own compositions). And guess what? Martin is pretty good at the banjo, and this is no vanity project. Tracks like the stirring and revealing "Daddy Played the Banjo," the blisteringly kinetic "Hoedown at Alice's," the very pretty "Freddie's Lilt," and the expansive, even beautifully ornate "Calico Train" (there are two ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
First off, there's no "King Tut" here, and this isn't Steve Martin with an arrow through his head using the five-string banjo as a prop and trying to be funny. The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo is exactly what the title says it is -- it's a banjo album, spotlighting Martin originals on the instrument (of the 16 tracks, all but one are his own compositions). And guess what? Martin is pretty good at the banjo, and this is no vanity project. Tracks like the stirring and revealing "Daddy Played the Banjo," the blisteringly kinetic "Hoedown at Alice's," the very pretty "Freddie's Lilt," and the expansive, even beautifully ornate "Calico Train" (there are two versions here) not only wouldn't seem out of place on any progressive bluegrass album, they'd probably be the best cuts on it. Martin has a lot of help, yes, from the likes of Mary Black, Vince Gill, Tim O'Brien, Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs (Scruggs' presence here should tell you something about Martin's playing chops), Tony Trischka, and Pete Wernick, and the album is lovingly produced by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, but make no mistake, this is completely Martin's album and it's his vision all the way. He even takes a very successful shot at frailing the banjo with the lovely and modal "Clawhammer Medley," the one non-original here. Everyone knows that Martin can be very funny, but The Crow isn't a joke. It's a first-class banjo album. One wonders if entering an archery tournament is next on this talented performer's agenda. Here's guessing Martin's probably pretty good at that, too. [A Deluxe Edition was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/2009
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661063723
  • Catalog Number: 610637

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Daddy Played the Banjo (3:19)
  2. 2 Pitkin County Turnaround (2:26)
  3. 3 Hoedown at Alice's (3:13)
  4. 4 Late for School (3:47)
  5. 5 Tin Roof (2:18)
  6. 6 Words Unspoken (2:54)
  7. 7 Pretty Flowers (2:42)
  8. 8 Wally on the Run (1:37)
  9. 9 Freddie's Lilt (2:55)
  10. 10 Saga of the Old West (3:23)
  11. 11 Clawhammer Medley (2:16)
  12. 12 Calico Train (4:47)
  13. 13 Banana Banjo (2:16)
  14. 14 Blue River Waltz (2:18)
  15. 15 The Crow (3:24)
  16. 16 Late for School (2:34)
  17. 17 The Slow Crow (3:13)
  18. 18 Calico Train (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Primary Artist
Russ Barenberg Guitar
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Earl Scruggs Banjo
Tony Trischka Banjo
Dolly Parton Vocals
Pete Wernick Banjo
Mary Black Vocals
David Amram Percussion, Wind Instruments
John McEuen Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Bass
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Vince Gill Vocals
Tim O'Brien Vocals
Bruce Martin Percussion, Tabla, Bodhran
Matt Flinner Mandolin
Craig Eastman Fiddle, Octave Violin
Liam Óg O'Floinn uillean pipes, tin whistle, Drones
Chris Caswell Piano, Accordion, Performing Ensemble
Skip Ward Acoustic Bass
Brittany Haas Fiddle
Michael Daves Guitar
Hans Olson Harmonica
Jourdan Urbach Violin
Technical Credits
Steve Martin Composer
John McEuen Producer
Dae Bennett Engineer
Pat McMakin Engineer
Salli Ratts Artwork
George Tutko Engineer
Michael Manning Engineer
Ciaran Byrne Engineer
Billy Robinson Engineer
Rob Clark Engineer
Traditional Composer
Greg Carr Artwork
Travis Stefl Engineer
Bill Harmon Photo Courtesy
Johnnie Truesdale Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo [Deluxe Edition]

    Steve Martin is very talented with the banjo. I first remember hearing him play on TV with Glen Campbell and during the 70's he added some banjo picking music to one side of his stand up comedy routine albums. It would have been nice if they would have also added that work too, and made this a two cd editon.

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