Steep Canyon Rangers
Most know Steve Martin as an Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated comedian and actor, but he is far more than that. He is also an incredibly accomplished banjo player. In the past ten years, he's placed a heavy focus on his musical skills, and earned multiple Grammys in the process.
Music has long been a part of Steve Martin's career. On his 1979 comedy album "Comedy is Not Pretty!", Martin included a single track featuring his banjo performance; a performance he included on his subsequent stand-up tour. Two years later, his comedy album "The Steve Martin Brothers" featured a comedy routine on one side and Martin's live banjo performances on the other.
In 2001, Steve was featured on a re-recording of Earl Scruggs' classic album, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." It is considered one of the fastest and most challenging banjo pieces, and earned Martin and Scruggs a Grammy award. In 2009, he released his first all-music album, "The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo," which won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album.
In 2010, Martin went on a two-month tour with The Steep Canyon Rangers, a quintet featuring Woody Platt, Graham Sharp, Mike Guggino, Charles R. Humphrey III, and Nicky Sanders. They then collaborated on an album, "Rare Bird Alert," which was released in March of 2011.