Steve Martin throws down the gauntlet

Steve Martin took to Twitter last week, in a blatant attempt to influence Grammy voters heading into Awards Season.

Hollywood has long embraced the tradition of pushing projects forward in the press, both to hopefully garner Oscar nominations, and subsequently, to win votes for the actual awards. Since the ’30s, Variety would be filled with glossy ads touting this film or that, something that continues to this day, and has crept into the music world as well.

And even in bluegrass. During the IBMA voting period each year, we receive dozens of solicitations from artists’ representatives pleading the case for their various bands, acts, albums or songs. All of these may be mildly irritating, but hey… you can’t blame a guy or gal from trying.

But Martin has gone too far! Perhaps embracing the tenor of an election season in the US, he has sunk to demeaning his opponents for the bluegrass Grammy on Twitter.

When will it end!?

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • I think Steve’s best attack so far was against Jim Lauderdale, who he said “couldn’t sing his way out of a reinforced steel paper bag”. LOL.

  • Darren Sullivan-Koch

    People are always attacking various musicians, trying to prove that so-and-so ain’t bluegrass because they commit some violation or other: including (but not limited to) electric bass, drums, featuring a female singer who doesn’t play an instrument, non-standard chord changes, material not written by Bill Monroe, etc.

    But Steve Martin may just have committed the one sin that clearly has no place in today’s bluegrass community: he has a sense of humor.

    • Darren… Is your irony threshold set to 11? =)

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  • Darren Sullivan-Koch

    If it ain’t four middle-aged white males in jeans and sportcoats—each with a stone-faced serious demeanor—playing acoustic instruments and singing songs written in the 1940s in a high piercing tone, then it ain’t bluegrass and it NEVER WILL BE!

    (And yeah, I’m joking…but every good joke has a kernel of truth!)