The Folk Show 17/04/13 - Steve Martin interview

Apr 19, 2013, 01:24 PM

This week, Mark speaks to the comedian, actor and Grammy-winning bluegrass musician Steve Martin about Love Has Come for You, his new duo album with songwriter Edie Brickell.

Texas-born Steve's mastery of the banjo began in his teens, and during the 1970s and 80s it usually formed a part of his hugely-popular stand-up routines.

In 1981 he released a double album of comedy and music, and by 2001 he was accompanying the legendary Earl Scruggs on Scruggs' all-star reworking of the classic Foggy Mountain Breakdown. Steve's own 2009 record, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, earned him a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

Steve now regularly collaborates with North Carolina band The Steep Canyon Rangers. Their most recent album together, Rare Bird Alert!, featured songs written by Steve and guest vocals from Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chicks.

The Steep Canyon Rangers also appear on Steve's new project, which is a duo album with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. On this week's Folk Show, Steve tells Mark Radcliffe how the pair came to work together.