Performing selections from their new album Love Has Come for You, releasing on April 23, 2013, the new musical partners Steve Martin and Edie Brickell combine Martin's expressive five-string banjo work with Brickell's heart-tugging vocals and detail-rich lyrics. Joining this dynamic duo for this performance will be the esteemed bluegrass combo, the Steep Canyon Rangers, with whom Martin has recorded and toured extensively. May 30th, Greenville, South Carolina's The Peace Center will feature Steve Martin, Edie Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Steve is currently in the fifth decade of a uniquely varied and accomplished career in which he's excelled as a comedian, actor, author and playwright, and Grammy-winning banjoist and composer. His fellow Texas native Edie Brickell initially burst onto the national scene in the late 1980s fronting the New Bohemians, and has since solidified her reputation as a uniquely compelling singer and songwriter.
Comedian and banjo enthusiast Steve Martin has teamed with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell (“What I Am,” “Circle”) for Love Has Come For You, an album of co-written songs. The new disc, due April 23 on Rounder Records, was produced by Peter Asher (James Taylor, Elvis Costello). It features instrumental assistance from The Steep Canyon Rangers, who Martin made a Grammy-nominated bluegrass album with in 2011, as well as bassist/songwriter Esperanza Spalding, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and former Nickel Creek members Sara and Sean Watkins.
“This is the kind of music that I’ve always wanted to make, but I never knew how until now,” Brickell states, adding, “I just fell in love with all of these songs, because they all represent something that’s true.”
The album features deeply evocative songs such as “When You Get to Asheville,” “Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Baby,” “Remember Me This Way,” “Fighter,” as well as the haunting title track. Each tune offers playful, resonant character studies, conveying a wealth of imagery, emotion and musical ideas within spacious, mostly acoustic arrangements and irresistibly accessible tunes.
“The banjo can be so evocative when it’s used sparingly, and that was in the back of my mind as we were writing,” says Martin. “It’s the way I’ve longed to play and hear the banjo, rather than it being present at every moment. In these songs, the point is to tell the story and get out.”
Produced by studio legend Peter Asher (James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Linda Ronstadt) Love Has Come For You, the album features the esteemed bluegrass combo the Steep Canyon Rangers with whom Martin recorded his latest Grammy® nominated album Rare Bird Alert with and has toured extensively.