Steve Martin Will Release Bluegrass Album ‘Rare Bird Alert’ in March
Steve Martin, the 64-year-old actor, author, comedian, writer, magician and banjo picker has a new album coming out. His second bluegrass album, 'Rare Bird Alert,' will be a collaboration with bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers, who toured with Martin in 2010. He also happened to wrangle a few people you may have heard of before to do some guest vocals: Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks.
'Rare Bird Alert’ includes 13 tunes Martin wrote, with one being a live version of his comedy classic 'King Tut.' It will be in stores on March 15 on Rounder Records.
Last year Martin went on tour for his first bluegrass album, 'The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo,’ and it spent 31 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s bluegrass album chart. The album ended up winning him a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2009.
"To go from my living room saying 'I think I'll do an album' to winning a Grammy is very exciting. And you have to remember it's a banjo record, so it's a little bit puzzling. I don't think it's selling on my name at this point; I think it's selling on the music ... which makes me proudest of all," the actor-musician says.
When asked how he was blessed with so many talents, Martin tells The Boot, "I wish I did one thing. It would be a much more defined career, and people would probably understand me better if I did one thing. Crossing over can work against you. For example, I think I was very lucky with this album that I'm not being condemned for it. A lot of actors form rock bands [and] they're sort of the butt of people's jokes. But I just do what comes into my mind. I've just never inhibited myself from trying something new."