Double banjos on Ellen

ellen.gifTony Trischka and Steve Martin on The Ellen DeGeneres ShowTony Trischka is in Los Angeles today to tape an appearance for The Ellen DeGeneres Show with banjo picking comedian/actor Steve Martin. This show is set to air on Thursday, February 8. Times vary from one market to another.

They will perform their double banjo version of Martin’s tune, The Crow, from Trischka’s new CD, Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular.

Tony has been on something of a whirlwind tour to promote the new project, and flew out to the west coast on Monday with his band, Michael Daves (guitar, vocals), Brittany Haas (fiddle) and Skip Ward (bass).

I couldn’t resist, and asked Tony the inevitable Ellen question.

“Steve emailed me yesterday to suggest that we should work up one more tune in case Ellen does want to dance. I, however, won’t be dancing!”

Sounds like an instant YouTube hit – Steve Martin and Ellen DeGeneres dancing to a rip roaring banjo tune!

The Ellen show is widely syndicated in larger markets all over the United States. Find a list of stations and airtimes on the show’s web site.

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John Lawless

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  • I tuned in about 20 seconds late. If they introduced the rest of the musicians, I missed it. Can someone tell me who the other players were?