Steve Martin at Newport Folk

An Evening of Bluegrass & Banjo

NEWPORT FOLK NEWS FLASH -Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will kick off the 51st edition of George Wein's Newport Folk Festival at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino on Friday, July 30, 2010, at 8:00 pm. Tim O'Brien and Sarah Jarosz will round out the evening of talented bluegrass artists.

Steve Martin may be known best as a comedian and actor, but the talented performer has been played a banjo musically and as a prop during his stand up, for years. In 2001, Martin played banjo on Earl Scruggs' remake of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". The recording was the winner of the Best Country Instrumental Performance category at the following year's Grammys.

Martin released his first all-music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo with Scruggs, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Tim O'Brien, Tony Trischka and Mary Black. This album won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010.

In other words, funny man Steve Martin is no joke on the banjo. With on-stage anecdotes that have compared a song's "sadness and melancholy" to the look on his agent's face when Martin "told him I wanted to be a banjo player," concert-goers won't easily forget that Martin is a funny man. The collaboration performances have been known to mix in some of Martin's signature dry wit, but at the core is a tight band playing real bluegrass. With an upright bass, acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, second banjo and deep Appalachian harmonies, it's enough to leave a comedy or bluegrass fan happy.

Friday, July 30
International Tennis HOF

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers / Tim O'Brien / Sarah Jarosz

Saturday, July 31
Fort Adams State Park

John Prine / Andrew Bird / Brandi Carlile / The Low Anthem / Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket / Doc Watson & David Holt / Calexico / Dawes / Nneka / O'Death / Liz Longley / Blitzen Trapper / A.A. Bondy / Sam Bush / Horsefeathers

Sunday, Aug 1

Fort Adams State Park

Levon Helm's Ramble on the Road / The Swell Season / The Avett Brothers / Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings / Richie Havens / Justin Townes Earle / Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros / The Preservation Hall Jazz Band / Punch Brothers with Chris Thile / The Felice Brothers / Tao Seeger Band / Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons / Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore / Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three


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