Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Below is additional press from Steve Martin's recent shows in Texas.

College Station, TX: Martin’s harmony of comedy, bluegrass to visit A&M
The Battalion
by Jennifer DuBose, August 30, 2011
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San Antonio, TX: Concert notes: Steve Martin, a mild and funny guy
San Antonio Express-News
by Robert Johnson, August 27, 2011
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San Antonio, TX: Review: Steve Martin
San Antonio Express-News
The Music Beat, August 26, 2011
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Dallas, TX: Steve Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers score with bluegrass and comedy
The Dallas Morning News
By Michael Granberry, August 26, 2011
Article below:

Steve Martin is a master of versatility. He's an author, an art collector, a serious actor and, of course, a comedian whose pedigree includes The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live. On top of all that, he's a banjo player extraordinaire.

So, when you hear that Martin is playing a sold-out concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center, as he did Thursday night, you're not really sure if you're going to hear music or comedic one-liners. It turns out you get both; woven together, they're a knockout combination.

Now 66, the white-haired Martin took the stage with his terrific bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers. He says he met them at a party in North Carolina, but of course, what most people would prefer to hear "is that we met in rehab. And we probably will one day."

Looking like a college professor in blue suit and tie, Martin and the band started off with a rush of bluegrass instrumentals, buoyed by Martin's three-finger-picking banjo and the Rangers' quintuple threat of banjo, guitar, bass, fiddle and mandolin. Sure, there's a downside to not having a drummer, Martin said: "No drummer, no pot."

He lampooned the appeal of a comedian embarking on a banjo tour by describing the look on his agent's face, when he informed him of such, as one of abject sorrow. As for the audience, well, as he admitted, it's a bit like hearing that Jerry Seinfeld is doing a national tour, playing original music composed for the bassoon.

Leaving the band alone in front of the footlights for a pair of numbers, Martin took a break backstage and returned with an observation. He was taken aback by a sign in the men's room that read: "Employees must wash hands ... Glad I'm not an employee," he said.

As funny as he was, the man makes amazing music, helped in no small part by his killer band. Nicky Sanders is, Martin says, an "astounding fiddler," which in Sanders' case is understated praise. His solo on the finale, "Orange Blossom Special," was, by itself, worth the ticket price.

Woody Platt played guitar and sang like a rock star. Charles Humphrey manned the bass, and Mike Guggino played a mean mandolin. Graham Sharp added five-string banjo, and the Rangers as a whole performed flawlessly the other role that Martin, the consummate comedian, needed them to deliver. They were perfect comic straight men for a truly gifted funnyman, who just happens to play the banjo really, really well.

-- By Michael Granberry, The Dallas Morning News (August 26, 2011)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Steve Martin performed in Texas last week as part of the last leg of his 2011 banjo tour. Below are two articles written in anticipation of his shows in San Antonio & Dallas.

San Antonio, TX: Steve Martin plays seriously
San Antonio Express-News
by Jim Beal Jr., August 26, 2011
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Dallas, TX: With Banjo Tour, Steve Martin Comes Full Circle
Art & Seek / KERA Radio Story
by Stephen Becker, August 24, 2011
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Read the reviews from Steve Martin's recent shows in Costa Mesa, San Diego & Tucson.

Costa Mesa, CA: Steve Martin's terrific return to O.C.
The Orange County Register
by Ben Wener, August 18, 2011
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San Diego, CA: IN PHOTOS: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers live in San Diego
San Diego Concerts Examiner
by Daniel Knighton, August 18, 2011
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Tucson, AZ: Steve Martin review: Music and comedy come together on Tucson stage
Arizona Daily Star
by Cathalena E. Burch, August 22, 2011
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Below are additional articles written in anticipation of shows taking place during the last leg of Steve Martin's 2011 banjo tour, which began last week in San Diego.

San Diego, CA: Humphrey's to welcome "Wild and Crazy" Steve Martin
San Diego Concerts Examiner
by Daniel Knighton, August 3, 2011
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Mesa, AZ: Steve Martin's Bluegrass Album Is No Joke
Phoenix New Times
by Christopher Hassiotis, August 18, 2011
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Mesa, AZ: Steve Martin plays MAC on Friday
East Valley Tribune
by Mandy Zajac, August 13, 2011
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Flagstaff, AZ: Wild and crazy guy
Arizona Daily Sun
by Ryan Heinsius, August 19, 2011
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Tucson, AZ: Expect some serious banjo from Steve Martin
Arizona Daily Star
by Cathalena E. Burch, August 18, 2011
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Tucson, AZ: Wild and Crazy Banjo
Tucson Weekly
by Stephen Seigel, August 18, 2011
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Albuquerque, NM: Wild and crazy banjo
Local IQ
by Kyle Mullin, August 18, 2011
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Albuquerque, NM: Beginner’s luck? Nah, not for Martin
Albuquerque Journal
by Tom Travin, August 19, 2011
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Tulsa, OK: Steve Martin bringing bluegrass, comedy to PAC
Tulsa World
by James D. Watts Jr, August 21, 2011
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Dallas, TX: Dallas: Looney Tunes
New York Times / Texas Monthly
by Michael Hoinski, August 19, 2011
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Friday, August 19, 2011

IBMA has announced the nominees for the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards. Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers have been nominated in the following categories:

  • - Entertainer of the Year
  • - Album of the Year (Rare Bird Alert)
  • - Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year (“Rare Bird Alert,” written by Martin)
  • - Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project (Rare Bird Alert) (Martin – writer, Rounder)
  • - Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project (Rare Bird Alert) (G. Carr and Salli Ratts – designers, Rounder)

The Awards are scheduled to take place on September 29, 2011 in Nashville, TN. For more information, visit ibmaawards.org.

The last leg of Steve Martin's 2011 banjo tour began this week in San Diego. Below are 4 articles written in anticipation of upcoming shows.

Steve Martin brings his banjo and band to Popejoy Hall
Valencia County News-Bulletin
by Dana Bowley, August 17, 2011
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8/19-21: Steve Martin, from rebel comic to bluegrass star
The Arizona Republic
by Kerry Lengel, August 16, 2011
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Steve Martin Takes His Music Seriously
Newport Beach Independent
by Roger Bloom, August 13, 2011
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King Steve: Legendary comedian Steve Martin steps out and finds banjo gold
Flagstaff Live
by Ryan Heinsius, August 18, 2011
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Friday, July 29, 2011
The reviews are in from Steve Martin's recent performances in Snoqualmie, WA & Winnipeg, Canada.

Snoqualmie, WA - Snoqualmie Casino - July 21, 2011
Steve Martin plays banjo but still cracks wise
The Seattle Times
by Paul Pearson, July 22, 2011
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Winnipeg, Canada - Pantages Playhouse Theatre - July 27, 2011
Steve Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers deliver
Winnipeg Free Press
by Rob Williams, July 27, 2011
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Lucian Freud [1922-2011], probably the greatest modern realist painter. A great life.

Lucian-Freud-painting

An Object of Beauty-UKpaperback
An Object of Beauty - UK Paperback cover

The paperback version of Steve Martin's novel An Object of Beauty will be released in the UK on September 1. It will be available in the U.S. in November.

Reviews of An Object of Beauty

"Steve Martin... on the evidence of this book seems to be almost indecently multi-talented... Martin cunningly mixes the work of real artists with those of his own invention... An Object of Beauty is an impressive and enjoyable book. The real protagonists of the novel are Art and Money - and the love affair between them" -- Sunday Times

"The expertise of Martin is dazzlingly in evidence here... it is thoroughly delightful, evoking a vanished gilded age" -- New York Times

"Substantial and profound... This is a rich and illuminating novel that neither relies on nor suffers from its author's celebrity status" -- Daily Mail

Steve Martin will be performing at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts in Vancouver, Canada on July 26. The Vancouver Sun writes about the upcoming show.

Pickin' and Choosin'
The Vancouver Sun
by Rob Williams, July 21, 2011
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