Steve Martin Will ‘Crow’ Again
The success of Steve Martin‘s ‘The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo,’ (it won a Grammy and spent 31 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard bluegrass album chart) must have gone to the entertainer’s head. He plans to join his touring group, the Steep Canyon Rangers, in the studio in August to record a second album which he says will be “a little more blue grassy” and will once again focus on newly-created music.
“There’s no point for me not to do original compositions,” Steve tells Billboard. “What do I do — cover somebody else’s song? That’s ridiculous. They could get a better singer to do it. The only contribution I could make, really, is in the writing. And sometimes I think I’m at the limit, ‘I can’t write another song!’, and then I go on vacation and pick up the banjo and write two songs.”
The 64-year-old actor-writer-musician-comedian has already started previewing some of the new material at his live dates including ‘Jubilation Day,’ which, he says, is a possible title track for the new album.
“I couldn’t be happier,” says Steve. “To go from my living room saying, ‘I think I’ll do an album’ to winning a Grammy is very exciting. And you have to remember it’s a banjo record, so it’s a little bit puzzling. I don’t think it’s selling on my name at this point; I think it’s selling on the music … which makes me proudest of all. I deeply believe in this music and the musicians. They’ve been very kind, and they seem appreciative that the music is … reaching an audience that the bluegrass world doesn’t usually reach.”
And of course, as a professional comedian, Steve deftly combines his love of the banjo with his flair for humor, telling one audience recently that he appreciates the instrument’s “elements of sadness and melancholy — like the expression on my agent’s face when I told him I wanted to do a banjo tour.”
As for the new music, Steve teases, “I’m going to write a song called ‘Women Like to Slow Dance’ but we’re going to make it really fast.”
Steve starts a new tour April 19 in Detroit and will play the Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 11 in Manchester, Tenn.