The Steve Martin Brothers

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
With regard to Steve Martin's small discography, "the worst of the four" is how The Steve Martin Brothers is usually tagged, which isn't so harsh when you consider two of the other albums are classics and one is 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
With regard to Steve Martin's small discography, "the worst of the four" is how The Steve Martin Brothers is usually tagged, which isn't so harsh when you consider two of the other albums are classics and one is 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. Frustratingly, Wounded Bird's CD reissue only splits the standup side of the original album into two tracks, making listeners sit through the haphazard flow to get to fan favorites like the "Fart Zone" routine or the great "What I Believe" credo. 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 you've been told. It may even be the best half-standup, half-bluegrass album you'll ever hear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140347724
  • Catalog Number: 3477

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Primary Artist, Banjo, Vocals
John McEuen Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin
Merle Brigante Percussion
Vassar Clements Fiddle, Fid
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Maurice Manseau Guitar
William McEuen Guitar
Roy Huskey Jr. 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
Greg Fulginiti Mastering
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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