First he was a “Wild and Crazy Guy.” Then he was The Jerk, the Father of the Bride, and Inspector Clouseau. But through it all one thing has remained constant: his love for the banjo. Steve Martin’s first bluegrass album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2009 and he followed it with the Grammy-nominated album Rare Bird Alert in 2011.
She burst onto the scenes with New Bohemians in 1988 with “What I Am” on Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, which went double platinum in the United States. Since then she’s released nine albums – some solo, some with New Bohemians, and some with the Gaddabouts. And Edie Brickell doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.
Now Martin and Brickell are readying their first duo project, Love Has Come For You, on April 23, 2013. This album combines Martin’s unique five-string banjo style with Brickell’s distinct vocal stylings, featuring such character- and story-driven tunes such as “When You Get to Asheville,” “Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Baby,” “Remember Me This Way,” “Fighter,” and the title track, mostly in acoustic arrangements.
About the collaboration, Martin said: “I think that the goal of any collaboration should be to come up with something that each individual wouldn’t have come up with on their own, and I think that we’ve done that here.”
The album, produced by legend Peter Asher (James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Linda Ronstadt) features other notable players as well, including Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding (bass), Waddy Wachtel (guitar), and Sara and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), not to mention the Steep Canyon Rangers with whom Martin recorded Rare Bird Alert and toured extensively.Powered by Sidelines