Shrink-wrapped. And lots of banjos. Rather than a departure, an actor, an essayist, a screenwriter, Martin's musical career is an extension of the storytelling impulse that drove his work as a comedian, a playwright, and a novelist. The long-awaited album, ' steve martin's brand new project with the North Carolina Grammy-winning group the Steep Canyon Rangers, is full of stories that mix humor and melancholy, whimsy and realism, rich characters and evocative details.
That instrument-so dexterously, even acrobatically picked and strummed-proves just as crucial to relating these tales as the lyrics themselves, each chord and riff revealing depths to Martin's narrators and to his musical talent.
Out in the Open
Compassion and determination act as connective tissue when, guided by an ethos best articulated by Sam Beckett who directed that when we falter, throughout this song cycle, the bones, muscle, and blood of daily life dance with loose-limbed motion toward the inevitable, we try again and ''fail better.
While in the studio, the rangers stood in a circle - facing each other and the music with a well-worn brotherhood that was as well open to all they could not imagine transpiring between them. The sessions that produced out in the open were brisk and instinctive, expansive yet intimate, visceral and immediate - and they would have had to be, for herein are songs that tell the big story by drawing the small ones.
Joe henry Shrink-wrapped. And the steep Canyon Rangers are moving along with it. The songs were written as a map, as with all relevant music, and their shared history a compass blade, but the road itself - the journey - was a moving target and, remains one. There is, as much of raymond carver's literate and humane influence on display as the Osborne Brothers, to my ear, as much Welty in the pointed details - both sublime and confounding - as Clark and Van Zandt.
Rare Bird Alert
Shrink-wrapped. 2011 album from grammy and Emmy winning actor, comedian, musician and bestselling author Steve Martin. Following the success of the grammy award winning the crow: new Songs for the Five-String Banjo, Rare Bird Alert features 13 new Martin-penned tracks, including a live version of King Tut, and was produced by Tony Trishka.
Sir paul mccartney and The Dixie Chick make special guest vocal appearances on the album. Shrink-wrapped. On rare bird alert, steve is joined by the Steep Canyon Rangers, who toured extensively with Martin over the last year. Martin co-wrote two of the CD's songs with the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell Live CD/DVD Combo
The live performance was recorded for pbs great performances and features material from martin and Brickells Grammy-nominated album Love Has Come For You, Rare Bird Alert, as well as music from Martins Grammy nominated collaboration with The Steep Canyon Rangers, and his Grammy Award winning album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.
. Steve martin and the steep canyon rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live CD/DVD Combo by Steve Martin 2014-03-11. Shrink-wrapped. Steve martin and the steep canyon rangers, featuring edie Brickell, will release their first ever live concert CD/DVD package capturing their extraordinary performance at the historic Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside California last fall.
This special live cd/dvd features Martins unique blend of comedy and bluegrass and is a first class evening of excellent entertainment. Shrink-wrapped.
The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo
Martin wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on this album, creating a new body of work that will stand alongside the classics for years to come. Comedian, author, actor, and banjo player Steve Martin releases his first musical recording since 1978's number 1 hit "King Tut. This is no novelty record though.
It's some of the best banjo music to come down the pike in a long time. The crow features able assistance from some of Steve's pals, Bela Fleck, including Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Tim O'Brien and Mary Black. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Steve martin and the steep canyon rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live CD/DVD Combo by Steve Martin 2014-03-11.
This new collection's stirring, sublime set of jointly written compositions match Martin's inventive, expressive five-string banjo work with Brickell's distinctive vocals and detail-rich lyrics. Rolling stone professes the first single, 'won't go Back, ' 'retains the rootsy feel of Martin and Brickell's earlier collaborations but adds a new full-band folk-rock feel - and even a thumping electronica bridge.
Shrink-wrapped. So familiar' also features a variety of prominent players from the worlds of bluegrass, emmy-award winning composer/arranger Geoff Zanelli, Cobra Starship's Victoria Asher, pop and rock, including seminal banjo ace Béla Fleck along with session bass legend Leland Sklar, folk, Mike Einziger of Incubus, and Martin's much-acclaimed longtime bluegrass cohorts the Steep Canyon Rangers.
The songs also benefit from multi award-winning artist and producer Peter Asher, making imaginative use of a wide array of acoustic and orchestral instrumentation, who contributes expansive arrangements, lending a cinematic quality to the songs' intimate character studies. Shrink-wrapped. Steve martin and the steep canyon rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live CD/DVD Combo by Steve Martin 2014-03-11.
Comedian, playwright, actor, author, and musician steve martin joins up with his fellow Texas native Edie Brickell singer-songwriter who initially burst onto the national scene as New Bohemians front-woman on this, their second studio album collaboration, entitled 'So Familiar. The grammy-winning duo showcase an organic, evolving relationship that continues to bring out new creative strengths.
Echo In The Valley
Echo in the valley is the follow up to béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn's acclaimed, self-titled debut that earned the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. This time around, the mission was to take their double banjo combination of three-finger and clawhammer styles 'to the next level and find things to do together that we had not done before, ' says Béla.
The results are fascinating, the only instruments used are banjos, especially considering their strict rules for recording: all sounds must be created by the two of them, and they must be able to perform every recorded song live. With one eye on using the banjo to showcase america's rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Echo in the Valley is a wildly innovative and beautiful body of art.
Steve martin and the steep canyon rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live CD/DVD Combo by Steve Martin 2014-03-11. The duo's front-porch, from béla's 1937 gibson Mastertone to a banjo ukulele and a massive, minimalist aesthetic includes seven banjos between them, restored 1905 upright banjo bass. Shrink-wrapped.
Co-written by fleck and washburn with wild re-imaginings of appalachian music, echo in the Valley is a reflection of the times, from the emphatic mantra 'Don't Let It Bring You Down' to 'Come All You Coal Miners, ' written from the point of view of coal miner advocate Sarah Ogan Gunning.
Nobody Knows You
Steve martin and the steep canyon rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live CD/DVD Combo by Steve Martin 2014-03-11. Deft musicianship, distinctive vocals, impeccable songwriting, and creative arrangements are just some of the qualities that set The Steep Canyon Rangers apart from the rest of the pack. Shrink-wrapped.
Shrink-wrapped. Unafraid to break the mold, whether taking the unexpected musical turn or bringing home the surprising lyric, it's no wonder that Steve Martin chose them as just the right band to record and tour with. Shrink-wrapped. Nobody knows you is the most adventurous and fully realized accomplishment The Steep Canyon Rangers have achieved to date.
Tell The Ones I Love
Shrink-wrapped. The follow-up to their grammy® win is a freewheeling and high-energy collection of 12 original songs entitled 'Tell the Ones I Love. The album showcases the steep canyon Rangers myriad talents instrumental agility, and inventive songwriting, tight harmony vocals, not to mention the integration of percussion.
Shrink-wrapped. Since 2009 the steep canyon rangers have received widespread acclaim as Steve Martin s backing band, but in 2012 the music community really tipped its hat to the quintet by presenting them with the Grammy® for Best Bluegrass Album. Steve martin and the steep canyon rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live CD/DVD Combo by Steve Martin 2014-03-11.
Recorded at levon helm s famed studio and produced by larry campbell, the highly sought after musician and Grammy®-winning producer Bob Dylan, Levon Helm 'Tell the Ones I love' is a testament to just how far the boundaries of bluegrass can be stretched. Shrink-wrapped.
Steep Canyon Rangers - Lovin' Pretty Women
The rangers have written their own material since they first started jamming together in a stairwell on the campus of UNC. Shrink-wrapped. That's why the rangers have been able honor the bluegrass masters who came before while nudging the genre forward in new and exciting ways. Traditionally, bluegrass bands have gotten by playing all the standards, " says Sharp.
Shrink-wrapped. Why try to recreate something that you can't outdo? So that was our motivation to just be original. It's an album filled with the vim and vigor of a band in love with making music. With "lovin' pretty women", the Steep Canyon Rangers dig even deeper into a traditional bluegrass sound, but with a sophisticated twist.
. It gave us the opportunity to figure out how to be unique within a format steeped in tradition. The new album showcases a band at the top of its game, whether dipping their banjos and guitars in the gospel water of "Be Still Moses" or telling stories from the coalmines in "Call The Captain" and "Cumberland Moon.
The rangers' compelling harmonies throughout are testament to the band's belief that the voice is as vital a musical instrument as anything with strings. Whether they're "lovin' pretty women" or making new fans all over the world, there s one thing the Steep Canyon Rangers will definitely be doing creating timeless acoustic music that honors tradition, while boldly moving it into the future.
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Love Has Come For You
Although these new musical partners have already built widely-respected individual bodies of work, their inaugural duo effort is a substantial departure, as a well as a creative milestone, for both artists. Produced by legendary musician and producer, waddy wachtel, and featuring the guest stylings of Esperanza Spalding, as well as the Steep Canyon Rangers, Love Has Come For You is playful, Nickel Creek alumni Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, spacious, Peter Asher, and irresistibly accessible.
Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Item is in 100% working order and guaranteed. Steve martin and the steep canyon rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live CD/DVD Combo by Steve Martin 2014-03-11. Steve martin is currently in the fifth decade of a varied and accomplished career as a comedian, author and playwright, and as a Grammy®-winning, actor, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and songwriter.
His fellow texas native edie brickell initially burst onto the national scene in the late 80s fronting the New Bohemians, and has since carved out an iconoclastic solo career that's solidified her reputation as compelling singer and a songwriter of rare insight. Cd case not included. This cd has been professionally cleaned and resurfaced.
Love has come for you offers 13 eloquently rootsy Martin/Brickell compositions that combine the former's inventive, expressive five-string banjo work with the latter's heart-tugging vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics. Shrink-wrapped.