Thursday, March 24, 2011
I could count on one hand the few aesthetic tastes that I share with my parents, but I’ve always liked Steve Martin, especially the way he appeals across generations. (Yes, I watched It’s Complicated with my mom.) And in light of another celebrity who has been aging less than gracefully, it’s refreshing to see a talented comedian, actor, writer, playwright, producer, musician continue his career in a way that suggests he’s gained wisdom and appreciation from his experiences. On Monday, Steve Martin performed on The Colbert Report with his band Steep Canyon Rangers, a bluegrass band from North Carolina that released its first album in 2001. Martin sings vocals and plays the banjo with the band that he joined in 2009, but he has been performing banjo since the 70s when it was a major part of his stand-up career. Steep Canyon Rangers just finished 3 sold out concerts in NYC last week, but their latest album, Rare Bird Alert, is available for pre-sale online now.