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Steve Martin to be Honored at Bluegrass Awards


Actor and GRAMMY-winning musician Steve Martin will be honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association with a distinguished achievement award.

The association on Wednesday announced special awards recipients and nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Awards, which will be presented on Oct. 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The 69-year-old banjo player has become a bluegrass ambassador by introducing fans of his film and television work to the genre through his performances and albums with Edie Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

The supergroup Earls of Leicester leads with five nominations, including entertainer of the year, for their tribute to legendary artists Lester Flatts and Earl Scruggs. Other nominees for entertainer of the year are Balsam Range, Hot Rize, The Gibson Brothers and The Del McCoury Band.

Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and More Appear on “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited”

Orthophonic JoyThe 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited

The Birthplace of Country Music is pleased to announce that the “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited” album will be released on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Celebrating the impact that the 1927 Bristol Sessions had on the country music industry, “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited” features re-creations of the original Bristol Sessions recordings by country music stars including, Ashley & Shannon Campbell, Ashley Monroe, Brad Paisley, Carl Jackson, Corbin Hayslett, Dolly Parton, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Emmylou Harris, Jesse McReynolds, Keb´ Mo´, Larry Cordle & The Virginia Luthiers, Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The Church Sisters, The Shotgun Rubies, and Vince Gill.  The recording project also includes narration of the 1927 Bristol Sessions history by famed Opry host Eddie Stubbs.

Also known as the “Big Bang of Country Music,” the legendary recordings by Ralph Peer took country music to a new level and produced pioneers of the genre, such as Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. Johnny Cash referred to this event as “the single most important event in the history of country music.”

The idea to recreate the 1927 Bristol Sessions had been discussed within the Birthplace of Country Music organization for years, but the serendipitous connection between board member John Rainero, veteran songwriter Rusty Morrell and Grammy-winning producer Carl Jackson helped bring “Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited” to lifeWith support from the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Birthplace of Country Music, the album was created and produced throughout 2014 and early 2015.

“My dear friend Rusty Morrell approached me with the idea to produce a project honoring the original 1927 Bristol Sessions,” Jackson said. “He was very aware and fond of a couple of other multi-artist ‘tribute’ projects I had produced and felt I was the guy who could bring his vision to life. In my opinion, the importance of those 1927 recordings cannot be overstated, and I am truly honored that Rusty asked me to shine a new and loving light on some of those classic works.”

The Smithsonian Institution-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia is dedicated to preserve the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting influence on American popular music. The museum is part of The Crooked Road, the tie that binds Southwest Virginia’s music heritage to a rich history.  The Crooked Road spans more than 300 miles, showcasing the land and its people inspired legends like the Carter family, the Stoneman family, Dr. Ralph Stanley and Johnny Cash. Its authentic culture continues to inspire musicians today.

“Orthophonic Joy” is a modern take on the authentic, legendary music birthed in the foothills of the majestic mountains across Southwest Virginia and Tennessee. The songs, many of which have been passed from generation to generation, are meant to inspire travel to a region which music lovers have long revered as sacred ground.

“The 1927 Bristol Sessions have often been honored for their impact on the world’s music,” said Leah Ross, executive director, Birthplace of Country Music. “With the opening of the Museum, the release of ‘Orthophonic Joy,’ and the upcoming launch of a new WBCM radio station, BCM and the team of irreplaceable partners who are part of these endeavors are ensuring the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions lives on for generations to come.”

Three key partners on this project include the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“In Tennessee, we like to say the music is ‘in the water.’ It flows from every corner of the state, from cities like Nashville, Memphis, and Bristol and small towns like Brownsville, Smithville and Franklin,” said Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “Entertainment icons Dolly Parton, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Marty Stuart are breathing new life into the 1927 Bristol Sessions. The Orthophonic Joy project is a vivid reminder of our musical roots and will inspire future generations of music makers and fans.”

“The music still comes out of the hills as a new generation of performers take mountain music back into the mainstream,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. “It can be heard at general stores, barber shops, ice cream stands, small town theaters, and front porches throughout the region. Visitors can easily meet the musicians and presenters, some of whom are direct descendants of some of the most famous names in the genre. This experience is not manufactured. It is unquestionably an authentic Virginia—and American—experience.”

“This album further establishes why Bristol is known as the Birthplace of Country Music,” said Matt Bolas, executive director of the Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Bristol’s music heritage draws visitors from around the world, and this album along with the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Music Festival, year round live music and concerts, and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum amplifies why Bristol is a music destination.”

The album is currently available for pre-orders through Amazon and iTunes. The album will also be available for purchase at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on May 12, 2015.

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Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers to Headline TelluRide Bluegrass Festival

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Steve Martin

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell will headline this Thursday’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, CO, replacing Mumford & Sons. The newly announced concert date comes as Steve Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell kick off the second leg of their successful North American summer tour in support of the new album Love Has Come for You, out now on Rounder Records.

Critics have been giving Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell’s live set, billed as “an evening of bluegrass and comedy,” rave reviews. The Nashville Scene called the show “a rich display of showmanship,” and The Tampa Bay Times deemed it “endlessly entertaining.” The tour continues across North America with upcoming dates including Vienna, Virginia’s Wolf Trap (June 24th), New York’s Town Hall (June 25th), Toronto’s Jazz Festival (June 29th) and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl (August 7th). The Los Angeles Times recently included the Hollywood Bowl concert in its Summer Music guide as one of its “must-see summer shows.”

The following October dates have just been announced:

Wed-Oct-02-13 Seattle, WA Benaroya Hall
Thu-Oct-03-13 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (with orchestra)
Fri-Oct-04-13 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater
Sat-Oct-05-13 Stateline, NV Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa – Theatre
Sun-Oct-06-13 San Francisco Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Tue-Oct-08-13 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Wed-Oct-09-13 Palm Desert, CA McCallum Theatre For the Performing Arts
Thu-Oct-10-13 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center

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Steve Martin & Edie Brickell to Collaborate on New Album


Rounder Records will release Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s inaugural duo effort “Love Has Come For You” on April 23. The remarkable new collaboration offers 13 eloquently rootsy compositions that combine Martin’s inventive five-string banjo work with Brickell’s distinctive vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics. “Love Has Come For You” is a substantial departure, as a well as a creative milestone, for both artists.

“I fell in love with the banjo tunes because at first listen they evoked images and stories that were true to me,” said Brickell.

The album features deeply evocative songs such as “When You Get to Asheville,” “Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Baby,” “Remember Me This Way,” “Fighter,” as well as the haunting title track. Each tune offers playful, resonant character studies, conveying a wealth of imagery, emotion and musical ideas within spacious, mostly acoustic arrangements and irresistibly accessible tunes.

“The banjo can be so evocative when it’s used sparingly, and that was in the back of my mind as we were writing,” says Martin. “It’s the way I’ve longed to play and hear the banjo, rather than it being present at every moment. In these songs, the point is to tell the story and get out.”

Produced by studio legend Peter Asher (James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Linda Ronstadt) “Love Has Come For You” also features notable players including rising-star bassist Esperanza Spalding, veteran studio guitarist Waddy Wachtel and Nickel Creek alumni Sara and Sean Watkins. The album also features the esteemed bluegrass combo the Steep Canyon Rangers with whom Martin recorded his latest Grammy® nominated album Rare Bird Alert with and has toured extensively.

Steve Martin is currently in the fifth decade of a uniquely varied and accomplished career in which he’s excelled as a comedian, actor, author and playwright, and as a Grammy-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer. Martin’s debut album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2009. Since bursting onto the national scene in the late 80’s, Edie Brickell has carved out an iconoclastic solo career that’s solidified her reputation as a uniquely compelling singer and a songwriter of rare insight.

“I think that the goal of any collaboration should be to come up with something that each individual wouldn’t have come up with on their own, and I think that we’ve done that here,” says Martin.

Tour dates for Steve Martin and Edie Brickell will be announced soon.

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