Steve Martin @ Rubin Museum in May (more by Ryan Muir)
Steve Martin

Years ago, in my old comedy act, I said, "You just can't play a sad song on the banjo." This was for comic effect only, because I knew the banjo had a capacity for mournful melodies and the "high, lonesome sound." As I was sometimes mournful, sometimes lonesome, and sometimes high, this suited me perfectly. I also found myself passionately affected by the banjo's driving staccato, darting rhythm, and inexplicable sadness. It was as though the banjo generated nostalgia for experiences I never had, joy I was yet to experience, and melancholy that was yet to come. [Steve Martin - Liner notes to "The Crow"]

The above is a selection from the liner notes for Steve Martin's first all-music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, which came out in May. A few weeks after its release, Martin performed with the Steep Canyon Rangers in a two-night run at the Rubin Museum. He'll be back this October, as part of a fall North American tour, with opening act Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys and the Steep Canyon Rangers again behind him. They play Carnegie Hall on October 6th (tix on sale) and NJ's Wellmont Theatre on October 14th (no ticket info yet).

All tour dates are below...

Steve Martin - 2009 Tour Dates
9/29: Los Angeles, CA // Largo at the Coronet
10/3: San Francisco, CA // Speedway Meadows- Golden Gate Park //Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
10/6: New York, NY // Carnegie Hall
10/7: Boston, MA // The Wang Center For The Performing Arts
10/9: Atlanta, GA // Chastain Park Amphitheater
10/10: Charlotte, NC // Blumenthal Performing Arts Center- Knight Theater
10/11: Nashville, TN // Ryman Auditorium
10/12: Washington, DC // Kennedy Center Concert Hall
10/14: Montclair, NJ // Wellmont Theatre
10/15: Toronto, ON // Roy Thomson Hall
10/19: Philadelphia, PA // Kimmel Center - Verizon Hall
10/20: Troy, NY // Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
10/22: Chicago, IL // Cadillac Palace Theater
10/24: Denver, CO // Paramount Theatre
10/25: Santa Fe, NM // Lensic Performing Arts Center
10/27: Dallas, TX // Meyerson Symphony Center
10/28: Los Angeles, CA // Walt Disney Concert Hall
10/30: Costa Mesa, CA // Orange County Performing Arts Center
11/1: Eugene, OR // Jaqua Concert Hall
11/2: Spokane, WA // Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
11/3: Seattle, WA // Benaroya Concert Hall
11/5: Napa, CA // Napa Valley Opera House
* All shows w/ Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys