The days of joke telling and entertaining audiences in film and television may be well in the past for veteran comic Steve Martin, but that doesn’t mean he’s completely done performing on stage. The 72-year-old bluegrass banjo player and singer brought some of his later-in-life talents to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday evening, where he performed one of the singles off his latest album in the form of an upbeat, harmony-friendly tune titled “Caroline.”
As seen and heard in the video above, Martin was joined by the Grammy Award winning bluegrass outfit Steep Canyon Rangers for the televised performance. The North Carolina group and Martin have been performing together off and on since 2009. The two parties even recorded a collaborative bluegrass/country album together titled Rare Bird Alert, which was released back in 2011 and welcomed guest appearances by Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chicks.
For Thursday’s telecast, even Colbert himself couldn’t help but take part in the lively performance with the group led by Martin. Colbert can be seen running onto the stage around the 2:50 minute mark to help close out the song in its last chorus.
“Caroline” was initially released back back on July 28, and was the lead single on his latest project, The Long Awaited Album. The music video for the track also welcomed a few other fellow comedians in former Saturday Night Live cast members Cecily Strong and Bill Hader.