Some humor, some interesting conversation about music and art, plus some wonderful stories.
You’ll probably get all of those things and more when comedian, actor, writer and all-around renaissance man Steve Martin stops by The GRAMMY Museum in L.A. on Oct. 30. He’ll be there to talk about his new LP The Long-Awaited Album with its producer Peter Asher, who has worked with legendary artists like James Taylor.
Like the two before it, the new album is steeped in traditions of bluegrass and features some masterful banjo playing by The Steep Canyon Rangers and Martin.
Perhaps surprisingly, Martin started playing the instrument as an adult, and even though he won a Grammy for his solo release The Crow: New Songs for the String Banjo in 2010, he’s only recently gotten comfortable with it.
“Steve’s confidence has [gone] up tremendously,” Steep Canyon Rangers guitarist Woody Platt recently told Paste. “And his creativity and songwriting and his versatility to switch back and forth from a clawhammer style, which is a more old-time banjo style, to a three-finger, more of a Scruggs style, is really wonderful. You don’t see a lot of banjo players that play both styles so well.”
Lyrically, the LP contains a lot of storytelling and delves into themes of love, joy and resilience. Martin also said he’s able to express himself through storytelling these days, especially within the short time span of a song.
“As the years go on, I’ve been more of a writer and have paid a lot of attention to storytelling and am always looking for experience in it,” he said in that same Paste interview. “I do feel comfortable telling stories in a three-minute song.”