Steve Martin’s Latest Banjo Outing

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell firm up their touring plans for spring and summer.  Plus, there’s a PBS performance in March followed by a CD/DVD release.

Photo: AP Photo
International Bluegrass Music Awards, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.

Dates for Martin’s upcoming banjo journey with Steep Canyon Rangers and Brickell have been trickling in during the past few weeks as individual shows go on sale.  Martin and the Rangers sans Brickell begin the journey in Santa Cruz in March. Brickell joins in on the fun beginning in mid-April.

Brickell joined up with Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers for the album Love Has Come For You which received a Grammy nom for best Americana album.  Although Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s Old Yellow Moon snagged that honor, Martin and Brickell did receive a Grammy for best American roots song for writing the album’s title track.

As kind of a warm up for the tour, Martin’s first televised concert performance with Brickell and Steep Canyon Rangers will air on PBS’ Great Performances sometime in March (check local listings).  Rounder Records will release the two-disc CD/DVD of the performance, appropriately titled Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell Live, March 11.

Here are the dates:

March 14 – Santa Cruz, Calif., Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
March 15 – Stockton, Calif., Bob Hope Theatre
April 16 – Niagara Falls, Ontario, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
April 17 – Niagara Falls, Ontario, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
April 18 – Westbury, N.Y., NYCB Theatre At Westbury
April 19 – Richmond, VA  Landmark Theater
May 9 – Eugene, Ore,. Silva Concert Hall
May 10 – Bellingham, Wash., Mount Baker Theatre
May 11 – Nanaimo, British Columbia, The Port Theatre
May 12 – Victoria, British Columbia, Royal Theatre
June 5 – Detroit, Mich., MotorCity Casino Hotel
June 6 – Elizabeth, Ind., Horseshoe Southern Indiana 
June 8 – Birmingham, Ala., Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center
June 18 – Portsmouth, N.H., The Music Hall
June 19 – Hartford, Conn., Bushnell Center Mortensen Hall
June 20 – Albany, N.Y., Palace Theatre
June 21 – New York, N.Y., Various Venues (Rochester International Jazz Festival)
June 22 – Ottawa, Ontario, Confederation Park (Ottawa Jazz Festival)
July 1 – San Diego, Calif., Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
July 2 – Los Angeles, Calif., Hollywood Bowl
July 3 – Los Angeles, Calif., Hollywood Bowl
July 4 – Los Angeles, Calif., Hollywood Bowl
July 29 – Austin, Texas, The Long Center For The Performing Arts
July 30 – Midland, Texas, Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
July 31 – Houston, Texas, Jones Hall For The Performing Arts
Aug. 1 – Dallas, Texas, Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House
Aug. 2 – Southaven, Miss., Snowden Grove Amphitheater
Aug. 3 – Fayetteville, Ark., Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP)

Fans catching the tour in Niagara Falls and/or Richmond will experience slightly different shows with comedy actor Martin Short appearing in place of Brickell, meaning two of the Three Amigos will be gracing those stages. Brickell will also be absent from performances in Santa Cruz and Stockton.

Some shows are already on sale.  Click here for more info.