The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo
by Steve Martin
Released: May 2009
Label: New Rounder
Yes, that Steve Martin, the comedian and star of The Jerk. In addition to making America laugh over the years, the dude is also a bluegrass banjoist and composer. With help from famous friends like Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen, Martin hands in 15 originals and one traditional ("Clawhammer Medley"). Take note people: Martin is a serious talent. He can flat-out pick, and ballads like "Pretty Flowers" and "Words Unspoken" are a joy to spin.