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The Crow: New Songs For The Five String Banjo CD (2009)

Artist: Steve Martin

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In its own way, it is as good as any of his old comedy albums. Although no humor is involved in this, it is wonderful to listen to, either as background music or to take your mind off the pressing issues of the day. The music is thoughtful and up to date. Not the twangy stuff you might normally think of when referring to banjo music. The accompanying backgrounds are perfect in their richness, but do not overpower Martin's banjo. He can sing pretty well too. I don't see how anyone couldn't love this album.

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Steve Martin Does It Again!

by Martin on 8/3/2009

In its own way, it is as good as any of his old comedy albums. Although no humor is involved in this, it is wonderful to listen to, either as background music or to take your mind off the pressing issues of the day. The music is thoughtful and up to date. Not the twangy stuff you might normally think of when referring to banjo music. The accompanying backgrounds are perfect in their richness, but do not overpower Martin's banjo. He can sing pretty well too. I don't see how anyone couldn't love this album.

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The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo is the first full-length bluegrass album from actor/comedian/musician Steve Martin. After playing on the Grammy Award winning Foggy Mountain Breakdown with Earl Scruggs, Martin began writing a string of new banjo songs, some with lyrics and some as instrumentals. An album forty-five years in the making, The Crow features special appearances by Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Mary Black, Tim O'Brien, Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick and Tony Trischka. Recorded in Dublin, Hollywood, Nashville and New Jersey and produced by John McEuen, of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the album consists of fifteen original tracks written by Martin. I have loved the banjo my whole life," says Martin. "The songs on this record represent the influence of a dozen players and a thousand tunes, and I thank them all. But it's the banjo itself I thank most for generating nostalgia for experiences I never had, joy I was yet to experience, and melancholy that was yet to come." "Steve shows the same skill at crafting a story within the lyric of a song as he does with a novel or comedic script," according to producer John McEuen. "People will be pleasantly shocked at how vast and varied this music is. This album will show Steve as a composer of unique melodies, hot licks and soulful lyrics. He is definitely a songwriter with an unusual twist for notes and lyrics." The Crow comes packaged with a 24-page booklet, featuring Steve's writing on the role the banjo has played in his life, along with his inspiration for each song that appears on the album."

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Label Rounder Records
SKU 211030470
UPC 011661064720
UPC 14 00011661064720
Format CD
Release Date 5/19/2009
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Author Steve Martin
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Artist Martin,Steve
Label Philo Records/rounder Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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