Steve Martin Releases Bluegrass Album/Animated Video

Once again, we’re remind­ed of Steve Mar­t­in’s many tal­ents — come­di­an, movie starNew York­er writerplay­wrightmagi­cian, and, yes, ban­jo play­er too. In June 2009, Mar­tin hooked up with the Steep Canyon Rangers, an Amer­i­can blue­grass band, on Gar­ri­son Keil­lor’s A Prairie Home Com­pan­ion. (Lis­ten to mp3 here.) Lat­er in 2009 and ear­ly 2010, Mar­tin made more appear­ances with the band, per­form­ing (among oth­er things) the first song ever writ­ten for hymn-deprived athe­ists. Now comes a new CD, Rare Bird Alert, which fea­tures 13 tracks, includ­ing “Jubi­la­tion Day” (watch ani­mat­ed video above) and King Tut, a blue­grass ver­sion of his 1978 clas­sic. Enjoy…

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