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Steve Martin  The Crow Recording/Album Reviews

Submitted by Zosobonzo44 (see all reviews from this person) on 5/11/2010

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I loved it, very enjoyable. I like the range of different banjo sounds it has.

Overall Rating: 8

Submitted by bosun (see all reviews from this person) on 1/18/2010

Where Purchased: gift

Overall Comments

very much enjoy this CD Wish it had a book of "tabs" to go with it so that I could try to play along 28/1 Have now got one from Amason thanks to a members advice

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Crusher (see all reviews from this person) on 12/17/2009

Where Purchased: Received as gift

Overall Comments

Didn't know what to expect when I received this as a gift. This is actually a very enjoyable body of work. Well worth adding to one's collection!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by ATL newbie (see all reviews from this person) on 10/11/2009

Where Purchased: Live Show

Overall Comments

Not sure where to put this note, since I didn't really find a category for live shows, but I just saw Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers in Atlanta. What a great show! Steve Martin was, as you'd expect, funny throughout the show, but he didn't turn this into a comedy tour. Far from it. This show is all about the music. Just about everything they played was written by Steve or the Rangers. That said, one nod to the classics was a superb rendition of Orange Blossom Special that brought the house to its feet.

A great evening, and a rare treat to see Steve live playing his banjo. Highly recommended.

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by Oplunk (see all reviews from this person) on 4/9/2009

Where Purchased: amazon.com

Overall Comments

First, I am surprised that no one has reviewed this stellar album. Steve Martin is a first-class banjo player, both 3-finger and clawhammer. This album showcases his talents as a player, composer, and songwriter. While most selections are original instrumentals, four of the tracks are songs written or co-written by Steve. Steve's 3-finger is pretty straight ahead Scruggs, complimented nicely by the all-over-the-place-in-a-good-way Tony Trischka. Steve's clawhammer is crisp and clear and somewhat like Mark Johnson in attack and style. Guest artists include Earl Scruggs, Gary Scruggs, Tim O'Brien, Vince Gill, Tony Trischkas, Pete Wernick, Dolly Parton, Mary Black, and producer John McEuen, and others. The tunes are well-crafted and the picking is inspired. My only criticism is obvious pick noise on one track. This is a must-have for comedic banjo players. And, serious pickers, too!

Overall Rating: 10

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