STEVE MARTIN’s album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, was released by Rounder Records on May 19, 2009 and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, where it remained for several months. In support of the album, Martin has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, American Idol’s season finale, Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the CBS Early Show, Tavis Smiley, and Late Night with David Letterman. All of the songs on The Crow were written by Martin.
Steve Martin is a three-time Grammy winner, the latest 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). After playing on Foggy Mountain Breakdown with Scruggs, Martin began writing a string of new banjo songs, some with lyrics and some as instrumentals. An album 45 years in the making, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo features special vocal appearances by Mary Black, Vince Gill, Tim O’Brien, Dolly Parton, and instrumental guest spots by Earl Scruggs, John McEuen, Stuart Duncan, Jerry Douglas, Pete Wernick, and Tony Trischka. The Crow was recorded in Dublin, Hollywood, Nashville, and New Jersey.