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Steve Martin Brothers
     

The Steve Martin Brothers

by Steve Martin
 
With regard to Steve Martin's discography, "the worst" is how The Steve Martin Brothers is usually tagged, which isn't so harsh when you consider some of his other albums are classics or just plain old good. It's an oddball release for sure, with half devoted to standup -- very loose and stream-of-consciousness standup -- and the other half showing off Martin's

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With regard to Steve Martin's discography, "the worst" is how The Steve Martin Brothers is usually tagged, which isn't so harsh when you consider some of his other albums are classics or just plain old good. It's an oddball release for sure, with half devoted to standup -- very loose and stream-of-consciousness standup -- and the other half showing off Martin's self-taught banjo playing and his love of lively bluegrass. The worst thing about the album is the sloppy way the standup side is put together. What must be the intro to his "cocktail" act in Vegas is stuck in the middle of the set while other short bits are sequenced in a way so there's no momentum. The instrumental side of the album is actually pleasant and sometimes exciting, with Martin's fast fingers skillfully delivering these tunes with renowned folk like Vassar Clements and John McEuen at his side. Even Martin admits this was a way to finish off his contract at Warner Bros. and concentrate on acting, but it's hardly the disaster some make it out to be. It may even be the best half-standup, half-bluegrass album you'll ever hear.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Wounded Bird Records
UPC:
0664140347724
catalogNumber:
3477

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Martin   Primary Artist,Banjo,Vocals
John McEuen   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin
Merle Brigante   Percussion
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Maurice Manseau   Guitar
William McEuen   Guitar
Roy Huskey   Bass
Brian Savage   Flute
Richie Cicero   Overdubs
Aspen Studio Strings   Strings
II Maury Manseau   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Martin   Arranger,Composer
Earl Scruggs   Arranger
Michael Denecke   Engineer
Dino Lappas   Engineer
William McEuen   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Concept
Richie Cicero   Engineer,overdub engineer
Christine Sauers   Artwork,Graphic Design
Traditional   Composer

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