Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers stop at Kansas City's Midland Theatre in Missouri tonight, June 21, in support of their bluegrass album, Rare Bird Alert (Rounder Records), which recently received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. The tour comes on the heels of a banner year that saw Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers winning 'Entertainer of the Year' at the 2011 International Bluegrass Association Awards.
About the band: "In the roughly three years since Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have been touring together they have delighted audiences at Bonnaroo, New Orleans' Jazzfest and The Newport Folk Festival to name a few." The album features 13 new Martin-penned tracks, including a live version of "King Tut," and special guest vocals from Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks. Martin co-wrote two songs from the album with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Rare Bird Alert was produced by Tony Trischka and released on Rounder Records.
Steve Martin is a four-time Grammy winner, the latest for The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, which won Best Bluegrass Album (2009), in addition he won for his collaboration with Earl Scruggs on Foggy Mountain Breakdown (2001) and two for comedy albums Wild and Crazy Guy (1978) and Let's Get Small (1977.)
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