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Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo
Genres: Country, Special Interest, Pop
Comedian, actor, author, and banjo player Steve Martin releases his first musical recording since 1978's number 1 hit "King Tut." This is no novelty record though. It's some of the best banjo music to come down the pike in... more »
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Comedian, actor, author, and banjo player Steve Martin releases his first musical recording since 1978's number 1 hit "King Tut." This is no novelty record though. It's some of the best banjo music to come down the pike in a long time. The Crow features able assistance from some of Steve's pals, including Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Tim O'Brien and Mary Black. Martin wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on this album, creating a new body of work that will stand alongside the classics for years to come.
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Nancy G. (Zelda777) from LOUISVILLE, KY
Reviewed on 7/6/2011...
Bought this out of curiosity, but I was wonderfully surprised. It is a top notch album. Steve Martin is an awesome banjo player and the selections are interesting and varied. The liner notes and graphics are delightful and charming. If you love bluegrass or any type of banjo music, this is a 'must have.' I did not find it boring...at all, in any shape or form or way.
Michelle S. (Chelly10s) from W HOLLYWOOD, CA
Reviewed on 12/3/2009...
Cool because it's Steve Martin's life's work on the banjo, but in general, it's a little boring. Pretty flowers is an excellent song, though.
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Who knew he could write this stuff?
D. Steiner | Allenspark, CO USA | 01/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Martin wrote 14 of the 15 songs on this album. If you like original banjo music, this is for you. Martin had help from Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, Mary Black, Tony Trischka, Tim O'Brien and Pete Wrenick. It was produced by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen, a high school friend of Martin's. You can get this as a download from Amazon, but you will miss out on the 24 page book by Martin about the recording, the ensemble and his long relationship with the 5-string banjo. Forty-three minutes of great stuff."
A Wild And Crazy Album
Shell-Zee | Long Island, NY | 01/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Comedian, actor, novelist, playwright and all around fool Steve Martin takes off his rabbit ears, removes the arrow from his head and picks up his banjo and wails. Yes, move over John Hartford, John McEuen and Earl Scruggs. Steve can really play with the best of 'em. And he's smart enough to surround himself with some of the finest country and bluegrass muscians around; Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, John McEuen and Earl Scruggs to name just a few. Like comedian Woody Allen who shows off his Dixiland chops on clarinet, Steve Martin demonstrates his outstanding Bluegrass prowess on the five string banjo...A virtuoso indeed and equally impressive his songwriting is absolutely first rate.
Honestly, this collection could easily have been recorded by the late-great John Hartford. It's just that colorful, warm and humorous. Several compositions, "Tin Roof", "Words Unspoken" and "Wally On The Run" sound as if they were recorded during John's legendary "Aeroplane" sessions. And the lovely "Blue River Waltz" has that same haunting lilt as "Untangle Your Mind", an early John Hartford composition. OK, Steve you can put the arrow back on your head now, get into your happy feet routine and show off your wild and crazy persona. Just don't be a "JERK". Don't put the banjo down. You've got so much more to say with it."