Steve Martin: Rare Bird Alert

Steve MartinSteve Martin seems to have been enjoying his musical collaboration with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Things have gone well thus far: the fans love the show, his first banjo CD The Crow was well received by the bluegrass community, and won a Grammy! Following on that success, Steve is all set to release his second CD.

Like his first CD, this one is full of tunes, 13 to be exact, written by Steve himself. The Steep Canyon Rangers function as the band for the recording, with several special guests, namely The Dixie Chicks and Paul McCartney.

“It’s very hard to believe,” Martin said of having the former Beatle perform on his album. “I was a kid when I first heard Paul McCartney, and if you told me one day that he’d be singing one of my tunes, I’m still flabbergasted.”

McCartney gives voice to a track called “Best Love,” which Martin describes as “a love song, but it has a little humor in it.” (

Much of the material for the CD was written while Martin was on tour with the SCR during 2010. Rare Bird Alert is scheduled for a March 15, 2011 release, with a national tour following in May.

We look forward to hearing the tracks from this CD and we’ll be sure to bring you a review and further details as they become available.