Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, 5/22/11


Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers
Ovens Auditorium
Charlotte, NC
May 22, 2011

For years, the mention of Steve Martin brought about immediate thoughts of a mirror suited evangelist hooting out hilarities like "Yakety yak, God’s talking back!" or of things like the f*ck exchange between Martin’s character, Neal, and the rental car clerk in Planes, Trains & Automobiles, or any of the various gold he brought into our lives as Navin R. Johnson in The Jerk. The only correlation between Martin and music for most (if they were old enough to remember) was Steve Martin and the Toot-Uncommons from his "King Tut" Saturday Night Live skit.

That was then and although "King Tut" still pops up from time to time, these days it does no do so on a comedic stage per se. Rather, as many know by now, the audiences who see Steve Martin the musician do so when he joins forces with Brevard, NC’s Steep Canyon Rangers for a ripping session of authentic bluegrass. 

When joining the band (which operates as a quintet when Martin is not in the mix), Martin takes on the role of banjoist and vocalist, and the ensemble has been met with early critical praise for the joint-album for which they are touring behind, Rare Bird Alert (Released in March, 2011 and also features performances by Paul McCartney and Dixie Chicks). 

With equal parts hilarity and serious musicianship in songs like "Jubilation Day", Steve Martin & SCR provide a show that is not to be missed for any fan of traditional bluegrass or anyone who appreciates hearty and skilled musicianship.  

The sextet recently made a Sunday evening stop at Charlotte’s Ovens Auditorium and Brad Kuntz was on the scene to capture the event through his lens.

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