Steve Martin will take his banjo, his Steep Canyon Rangers band and Edie Brickell on tour this spring to support an upcoming new album.
The tour will kick off on May 22 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Meyers, Florida, and is scheduled to run through a performance at the Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. on July 2. In between those dates, the tour will stay in the eastern half of the U.S., and visit cities including St. Augustine, Florida; North Charleston, South Carolina; Nashville; Morristown, New Jersey; New York, Philadelphia and Chautauqua, New York.
The tour will support the album Love Has Come for You, which contains music by Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers with lyrics and vocals by Brickell. The album will be released April 23 on Rounder Records. Notable stars on the recording include Esperanza Spalding on bass, former Nickel Creek members Sara and Sean Watkins, and legendary guitarist Waddy Wachtel.
Martin released his first all music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo in 2009, and the album went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. The album featured guest stars including Vince Gill, Dolly Parton and Earl Scruggs. Martin had already won a Grammy for his banjo playing on Scruggs’ 2001 recording of the classic “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.”
Rare Bird Alert, released in 2011, was Martin’s first album recorded with the Steep Canyon Rangers, who also began touring with him. That album featured guest appearances from Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks. It also was nominated for a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album.
The new tour promises “the unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy that Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers have been delighting audiences with at their sold-out, critically acclaimed shows,” according to Martin’s official website.