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Album Review

First off, there's no "King Tut" here, and this isn't Steve Martin with an arrow through his head using the five-string banjo as a prop and trying to be funny. The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo is exactly what the title says it is — it's a banjo album, spotlighting Martin originals on the instrument (of the 16 tracks, all but one are his own compositions). And guess what? Martin is pretty good at the banjo, and this is no vanity project. Tracks like the stirring and revealing "Daddy Played the Banjo," the blisteringly kinetic "Hoedown at Alice's," the very pretty "Freddie's Lilt," and the expansive, even beautifully ornate "Calico Train" (there are two versions here) not only wouldn't seem out of place on any progressive bluegrass album, they'd probably be the best cuts on it. Martin has a lot of help, yes, from the likes of Mary Black, Vince Gill, Tim O'Brien, Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs (Scruggs' presence here should tell you something about Martin's playing chops), Tony Trischka, and Pete Wernick, and the album is lovingly produced by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, but make no mistake, this is completely Martin's album and it's his vision all the way. He even takes a very successful shot at frailing the banjo with the lovely and modal "Clawhammer Medley," the one non-original here. Everyone knows that Martin can be very funny, but The Crow isn't a joke. It's a first-class banjo album. One wonders if entering an archery tournament is next on this talented performer's agenda. Here's guessing Martin's probably pretty good at that, too.

Customer Reviews

Love Bluegrass Music, Love Steve Martin

Wow. In one word. I am absolutely thrilled that Steve Martin has created a Banjo Bluegrass album. I have always loved the sound of Bluegrass Music, and it's great that he is putting the spotlight on this genre of music, and presenting it to the masses. How talented is this man?! A comedian, an actor, an author, and a top class Banjo Player and Singer. This guy should be given some sort of medal ! This album is a fantastic depiction of Banjo Playing and Bluegrass Music at its best - you feel like getting up and dancing!! I especially love the tracks where Steve sings, as we all know he's got a lovely voice (Blue Shadows, On The Trail...! How much do I love the film Three Amigos?! I loved it as a kid, and love it just as much now as an adult - must have watched that film about 1000 times!) Anyway, getting back to the music. This album not surprisingly has had SIX nominations at the Bluegrass Awards in America. If you love American roots music with a bit of folk you'll love this album. A Must Buy!!

the crow steve martin

terrific album sets your feet tapping, singing is atrocious but seems to blend in with the way of life associated with ho down country music im'e really glad iv'e added it to my collection


Genre: Comedy

During the 1970s, Steve Martin was the most successful standup comedian in America, earning the level of commercial success -- sold-out arena performances, platinum records, hit singles, and delirious fan adulation -- usually reserved for rock stars. Although his career went on to encompass stints as an acclaimed dramatic actor and playwright, for many supporters, the "Wild and Crazy Guy" persona defined on his comedy records remains Martin's true artistic legacy. Although born August 14, 1945,...
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