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Where Purchased: Live Show
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
Where Purchased: amazon.com
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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