Steve Martin

In his fine memoir Born Standing Up, Steve Martin writes at length about the total lack of interest he has in performing stand-up ever again. He hung up his comic hat in 1980 and has spent the last three decades dabbling in everything from acting to film directing to humor writing to…banjoing. While Martin’s interest in banjo may come as a surprise to some, it’s actually nothing new; not only was it a fixture of his stand-up routine in the 70s, but he has been picking ever since his neighbor and friend John McCuen, who would go on to form the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, showed him how to play as teenagers. Over the last ten years, Martin has kept pace alongside righteous banjo legends Earl Scruggs and Bela Fleck and even recorded The Crow, an album of his own tunes. Like everything else he’s done, his songs are sophisticated, imaginative, and warm. With The Steep Canyon Rangers. BRIAN J. BARR

Tue., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2009

 
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