‘Rare Bird Alert’ CD Review

Editor's Picks
on March 31, 2011

Rare Bird Alert
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
CD ($18.98)

He’s best known as a comedian, but Steve Martin’s “sideline” as a bluegrass banjo picker is no joke. His first CD, The Crow, won a Grammy last year. On his second, backed by the outstanding Steep Canyon Rangers band, he gallops and glides with impressive instrumental chops through 13 more original tunes. Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chicks make vocal guest appearances, and Martin’s trademark wit shines on the clever “Athiests Don’t Have No Songs” and “King Tut,” a string-band re-do of his 1978 novelty tune.

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