Steve Martin


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The banjo has long been a staple of Martin's 1970s stand-up career and he periodically poked fun of his love for the instrument. On the Comedy Is Not Pretty! album he included an all-instrumental jam, titled "Drop Thumb Medley," and played the track on his 1979 concert tour.

In 2001, he played banjo on Earl Scruggs' remake of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". The recording was the winner of the Best Country Instrumental Performance category at the following year's Grammys. Martin released his first all-music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo with appearances from stars such as Dolly Parton, exclusively to Amazon.com on January 27, 2009, with a wider release on May 19, 2009. This album won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

In the American Idol Season 8 Finals, he performed alongside Michael Sarver and Megan Joy in the song "Pretty Flowers".

Martin played banjo along with the Steep Canyon Rangers on the June 27, 2009 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, and began a two-month U.S. tour with the Rangers in September 2009, including an appearances at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Benaroya Hall in Seattle. On November 9th 2009 he and the Steep Canyon Rangers played 'An evening of Bluegrass and Banjo' at the Royal Festival Hall in London with support from Mary Black.

Martin played his banjo for a few moments during an interview on the Late Show with David Letterman on October 5, 2009. He also appeared in a comedy skit, showing him playing the banjo with the head of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi and playing for the UN. In 2008, Martin appeared with the metalcore band, In the Minds of the Living, during a show in Myrtle Beach. On April 29 2010 Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will play the New Orleans Jazzfest, one of the largest music festivals in the U.S. In June 2010 Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will play Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Martin appeared on Later... with Jools Holland, series 35 episode 9 playing his banjo accompanied by Steep Canyon Rangers.

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