Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers August 18, 2011 at Seagerstrom Center for the Arts Costa Mesa California

Ok this is not CBG related but an old college buddy and I took in the Sold Out show. Steve Martin is one of the most prolific and talented entertainers around and they put on a damned great show.  Steve has been playing banjo since he was sixteen and demonstrates a mastery of both Scrugg's style and clawhammer style.  He included his comic banter for a most entertaining show. 

 

The show was two hours of bluegrass and other related stylings written by Steve and his colloberating writing partners, that were recently released on Rare Bird Alert, a colloberative effort with the Steep Canyon Rangers of Brevard, North Carolina.  These guys were awsome! 

The quintet features:

  • Woody Platt - guitar, lead vocals
  • Graham Sharp - banjo, harmony vocals
  • Mike Guggino - mandolin, harmony vocals
  • Charles R. Humphrey III - bass, harmony vocals
  • Nicky Sanders - fiddle, harmony vocals

The show highlights (for me at least) were Jubilation Day a song about the joys of breaking up with those special someone who make your life miserable, Me a Paul Revere a song about Paul Revere's ride from the horse's perspective, Yellowback Fly about a fisherman's obsession. The encore also included a smoking hot rendition of  Orange Blossom Special and  King Tut. I found myself wishing the Orange Blossom Special would never end.

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Comment by Dan Sleep on August 19, 2011 at 1:44pm
That sounds like it was an awesome show. Glad you made it!

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