As reported by USA Today on Monday, January 7, American singer-songwriter Edie Brickell and actor/comedian/author/playwright/producer/bluegrass musician Steve Martin have paired up to make an album together, which the duo says will be released on April 23, 2013. It shall be called Love Has Come for You.
I’ll never forget Martin’s great performance in the 1979 classic movie The Jerk, which he also co-wrote. But while Martin’s resume is certainly stocked full of successful movies, TV shows, and plays, he’s also a pretty impressive banjo player and his musical resume may be just as impressive. He actually started playing when he was 17 years old. Martin learned how to play the banjo from John Euen, who later joined The Nitty Gritty Band. He incorporated banjo into his stand-up comedy routine in the 1970s, and made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry on May 30, 2009. Here’s a video below of him playing banjo with The Punch Brothers:
Edie Brickell is best known for her band Edie Brickell & The Bohemians’ 1988 hit single “What I Am.” They are still kickin’ out new music these days, and if you haven’t heard it, you should check out their self-titled album from 2011. She’s married to Paul Simon and she also plays in The Gaddabouts with American session and studio drummer Steve Gadd (who has played with Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Kate Bush, and many others) and The Heavy Circles with her step-son Harper Simon. Watch the video for “What I Am” below.
This pairing will be interesting since I’ve never really heard Brickell sing over banjo, or any bluegrass music for that matter. I’ll have to check the album out in April and any singles along the way. Stay tuned!