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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, fresh off their 2014 GRAMMY win (Best American Roots Song) are set for their first-ever live concert television broadcast as PBS’ Great Performances premieres "Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live" March 4th, 2014 on WNET. (Check local listings for airings in your area). In addition, on March 11th, 2014, Rounder Records will release a deluxe two-disc CD/DVD package documenting this special event. Highlighting Martin’s unique blend of comedy and bluegrass, this extraordinary live performance was taped in stunning HD and recorded in crystal clear 5.1 audio at the historic Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California in the fall of 2013.
With music supervision by the renowned Peter Asher (Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor), the concert features material from Martin and Brickell's GRAMMY-winning collaborative album "Love Has Come For You" as well as songs from “Rare Bird,” Martin’s highly acclaimed GRAMMY-winning project with the Steep Canyon Rangers in addition to music from his GRAMMY-winning solo album “The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.”
The deluxe two-disc CD/DVD package, also titled "Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live," contains two hours of comedy and music including four previously unreleased tracks: “Pretty Little One, “ “Auden's Train,” “The Dance at the Wedding,” and “Katie Mae.” Pre-orders available HERE.
Steve Martin is now in the fifth decade of a varied and accomplished career as a comic, actor, musician, author and playwright. Recently honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a Governor’s Award special Oscar, he is also a GRAMMY-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and songwriter.
Edie Brickell initially burst onto the national scene in the late 1980s fronting the New Bohemians, and has since carved out an iconoclastic solo career that's solidified her reputation as a uniquely compelling singer and a songwriter of rare insight.
Although these new musical partners have already built widely respected individual bodies of work, their inaugural collaboration is a creative milestone. Martin and Brickell's recent GRAMMY win in the category of Best American Roots Song for "Love Has Come for You" marked Brickell's first GRAMMY Award and Martin's fifth, including his two wins in the comedy field.
Backed by the virtuoso playing of the GRAMMY Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers (Mike Ashworth, Mike Guggino, Charles R. Humphrey III, Woody Platt, Nicky Sanders, Graham Sharp), the songs combine Martin’s inventive five-string banjo playing with Brickell’s heart-tugging vocals to create a playful and accessible collection of songs.