The Crow – Steve Martin

by | 16 Jan, 2009

thecrowSteve Martin has spent some 45 years playing banjo and just as long writing and developing music for this CD, The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo.

This album will be released for sale on 27th Jan. and sold exclusively through for the first 90 days of its release. The album was produced by John McEuen – founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – and Martin’s long time friend.

The Crow contains 14 original tunes and features a clawhammer style medley, including Red Is the Rose, Sally Ann, Johnson Boys. The title track, first recorded for Tony Trischka’s 2007 album, climbed the bluegrass charts to become Martin’s second hit. His first being King Tut.

Vince Gill and Dolly Parton lend vocal support on Pretty Flowers. Mary Black sings on Calico Train. Eugene Levy plays guitar on Tin Roof, and Earl Scruggs on Daddy Played the Piano.

I knew the banjo had a capacity for mournful melodies and the ‘high, lonesome sound. As I was sometimes mournful, sometimes lonesome and sometimes sad, this suited me perfectlySteve Martin.