Friday, March 12, 2010

The Best of Bonnaroo '10 Part 5: Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers 13 weeks to go...

In this weekly feature, I will be counting down the weeks to Bonnaroo 2010 by exploring a group or artist that I am psyched to see. Check back each week for new updates, and be sure to check out past features you've already missed. Oh, and BUY YOUR F-ING TICKETS NOW!

This week's artist is Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers. Yes, that Steve Martin. The comedian. The Jerk. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Saturday Night Live. That Steve Martin. I'll give you a moment for that to set in.

Good? Good.

Apparently, in all the time Martin wasn't being the funniest person in all of Hollywood, he was spending time becoming awesome at playing the banjo. Martin has periodically mentioned his love for the instrument and used it for a time in his early stand-up acts in the 70's, but in recent years he has been collaborating with many musical acts, including bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs. For one of these collaborations, Martin was awarded a Grammy. NAVIN R. JOHNSON WON A GRAMMY. Sorry, I'm still reeling a little bit from this...

Martin released his first solo album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo, in 2009, where it made it to #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album charts and stayed there for 12 weeks. The album features special appearances by such country and bluegrass talent as Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, and Earl Scruggs.

Bonnaroo, being held in central Tennessee, has always featured many country and bluegrass acts alongside the jam-bands, electronica, and heavy metal acts in order to feature the local musical stylings and highlight different genres. It will be an added delight to hear actual country-bluegrass music being played by one of my favorite actors of all time.

Check out these tracks: "Jubilation Day," "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," and "Saga of the West."

Bonnaroo will be June 10-13 in Manchester, TN and is one of the biggest music festivals in the country. For a complete line-up and to order your tickets, go to

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