Music

Steve Martin CDMy new favorite CD is “The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo” by Steve Martin. Yes — that Steve Martin. We all remember him strumming on the banjo as part of his stand-up comedy act, but turns out he’s a serious and seriously talented banjo composer and player. On the surface, the tracks here — Martin wrote 14 of the 15 — are foot-stompin’ bluegrass at its best. Even our 16-month-old grandson, Capt. Adorable, dances along when the strummin’ and the fiddlin’ start! But “The Crow” is so much more than a banjo homage —  it’s a celebration of life and love and friends and family. Martin’s songs tap into such authentic emotion that you’ll wonder how the “wild and crazy guy” from Saturday Night Live could write such a sweet song as “Pretty Flowers” or such a heart-pulling melody as “Words Unspoken.” I’m telling you, you’ve got to buy this CD. And I’m talking the real actual CD here. Oh, sure, you could be all cool and modern and download it for your laptop or MP3 player, but then you’d miss out on the delightful CD book that explains the background for each song and honors Martin’s friends — such as music greats Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs and Vince Gill — who help out on the album. “The Crow” is a must-have winner. Go listen. Now.

11 thoughts on “Music

  1. I once saw Steve Martin interviewed and I was mesmerized at how deep he is and a person I would love to sit down and chat with. I felt that the “comedian” side of Steve was but one tiny aspect of this hugely talented man. That music sounds uplifting!! Thanks for the recommend!

  2. Who would’ve thought, all those years ago, that such a wildly funny man could be such a tremendous musician? I love this CD…true talent.

  3. I saw him play a banjo recently on tv and thought it was a joke at first. Then I started to pay attention and was truly impressed.

    After reading this post, I am seriously considering buying his CD. Very cool.

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