Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo

Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo


Universal Records
~Steve Martin
Vinyl

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Official Release Date Nov 17, 2009
Artist Steve Martin
Genre Pop
Version  Europe
PAX-Code PAX0005125432
Item Code  0011661064713

track listing

Track # Title1. Daddy Played the Banjo2. Pitkin County Turnaround3. Hoedown at Alice's4. Late for School5. Tin Roof6. Words Unspoken7. Pretty Flowers8. Wally on the Run9. Freddie's Lilt10. Saga of the Old West11. Clawhammer Medley12. Calico Train13. Banana Banjo14. Blue River Waltz15. The Crow16. Calico Train [instrumental]

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First off, there's no "King Tut" here, and this isn't Steve Martin with an arrow through his head using the five-string banjo as a prop and trying to be funny. The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo is exactly what the title says it is -- it's a banjo album, spotlighting Martin originals on the instrument (of the 16 tracks, all but one are his own compositions). And guess what? Martin is pretty good at the banjo, and this is no vanity project. Tracks like the stirring and revealing "Daddy Played the Banjo," the blisteringly kinetic "Hoedown at Alice's," the very pretty "Freddie's Lilt," and the expansive, even beautifully ornate "Calico Train" (there are two versions here) not only wouldn't seem out of place on any progressive bluegrass album, they'd probably be the best cuts on it. Martin has a lot of help, yes, from the likes of Mary Black, Vince Gill, Tim O'Brien, Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs (Scruggs' presence here should tell you something about Martin's playing chops), Tony Trischka, and Pete Wernick, and the album is lovingly produced by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, but make no mistake, this is completely Martin's album and it's his vision all the way. He even takes a very successful shot at frailing the banjo with the lovely and modal "Clawhammer Medley," the one non-original here. Everyone knows that Martin can be very funny, but The Crow isn't a joke. It's a first-class banjo album. One wonders if entering an archery tournament is next on this talented performer's agenda. Here's guessing Martin's probably pretty good at that, too.

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