GREAT PERFORMANCES

Program Details
Air Time: 
05/25/2014 - 10:00pm - 11:59pm
Program Title: 
STEVE MARTIN AND THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS FEATURIN
Program Service: 
EX
Program URL: 
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/
PSIP Description: 
Comedy legend Steve Martin showcases his bluegrass banjo playing with vocalist Edie Brickell.
Long Description: 
Comedy legend Steve Martin is now in the fifth decade of a varied and accomplished career as a comic, actor, author and playwright. Recently honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a Governor's Award special Oscar, he is also a Grammy-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and songwriter. GREAT PERFORMANCES turns the spotlight on Martin's musical side with a concert performance of his new collaboration with Edie Brickell, who initially burst onto the national scene in the late 80s fronting the New Bohemians. Although these new musical partners have already built widely-respected individual bodies of work, their inaugural effort is a charming departure as well as a creative milestone. Backed by the virtuoso playing of the Steep Canyon Rangers, the duo partner on a series of new songs that combine Martin's inventive five-string banjo playing with Brickell's heart-tugging vocals to create a playful and irresistibly accessible collection of songs.