Steve Martin—side-splitting Saturday Night Live comedian, blockbuster film star, and prolific author—is now exposing the world to his musical talent on the banjo. That’s right, the Hollywood legend picks a mean tune, which can be heard on his recently released album The Crow. But this year Martin is also bringing his five-string on the road with help from Western North Carolina bluegrass aces Steep Canyon Rangers. In addition to high-profile stops at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and Carnegie Hall in New York City, Martin will also perform with the Steep Canyon boys at their annual Mountain Song Festival in Brevard, N.C., on September 12. Additional acts on the festival bill include Seldom Scene, David Grisman Quintet, and Shannon Whitworth. More festival info here. Check out Martin picking with banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs below.
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