• Steve & Edie ride again

    Not that Steve & Eydie... We're talking Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. It's a safe assumption that our readers are well familiar with Steve Martin, both from his star turns in comedy and film, and his new-found career as a performing/recording

  • Steve Martin and Mark Johnson at IBMA

    Just before we kicked off the Red Carpet interviews last Thursday at World of Bluegrass, Steve Martin stopped by with Mark Johnson, the 2012 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. This new annual prize

  • Earl Scruggs tribute at IBMA

    Our friends at Music City Roots have posted a video from the first part of the Earl Scruggs tribute during last night's IBMA Awards show. Steve Martin introduced the segment, which served as the show's finale, complete with dozens of top

  • Banjos (plural) on Letterman

    This past Monday night, Steve Martin appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, along with Mark Johnson, winner of the 2012 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. Part of this annual award, which carries a

  • Mark Johnson on Letterman with Steve Martin

    As part of being awarded the 2012 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, Florida clawhammerer Mark Johnson will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman September 24. As was the case with prior honorees Noam Pikelny and Sammy

  • Mark Johnson wins 2012 Steve Martin Prize

    Clawhammer banjo innovator Mark Johnson has been announced as the 2012 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, the 3rd annual honoree. While a number of 3-finger banjo pickers have used a roll technique to play old

  • Steep Canyon Rangers at FloydFest

    FloydFesters were treated to a fantastic set of bluegrass with a side helping of Gospel from the Steep Canyon Rangers this morning. I spoke with guitarist Woody Platt after the performance. Just coming off a couple weeks touring out West, he told

  • Give Me The Banjo now on Netflix

    Give Me The Banjo, the recent film documentary about our beloved 5 string by Marc Fields, is now available to Netflix subscribers. Though Fields lists as the project's writer, director and producer, it really was a team effort. Tony Trischka was

  • Graham Sharp and Ziggy Marley

    Graham Sharp shared a fun story about his close encounter last night with reggae superstar Ziggy Marley. He was performing with Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, which runs for ten days with a wide variety

  • Steve Martin banjo board adds J.D. Crowe

    We just heard from Steve Martin, who shared this announcement about his annual banjo prize: Last March, the board of The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass lost a founding member, the great Earl Scruggs. After brief deliberation,