Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell, Murat Theatre, Indianapolis IN- 7/27
Though most would hail Steve Martin as a comedian and comic actor, few still recognize him as a musical artist despite his musical passion. If you look inside the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album cover for Dirt, Silver and Gold, his photo appears playing banjo on stage with the band 3 years before his first appearance on Saturday Night Live. With The Steep Canyon Rangers as his backup band for most of the show, he dispelled any questions regarding his musical interests or talents.
Playing bluegrass did not extinguish his humorous side, however, and he made the audience roar with laughter on more than one occasion. Introducing the band, he commented “When we decide this is no longer fun we have all agreed to quit.” And with that that band dropped their instruments and walked off of the stage leaving Martin to play solo for a couple of numbers before being joined on stage by Edie Brickell.
Singing number off of their recent collaboration Love Has Come for You, Brickell proved that she has matured into quite the songbird. Numbers off of their album like “Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Baby” and “Shawnee” paired up nicely with numbers of Martin’s such as “Pretty Little One” and “Athiests Ain’t got No Songs.” The band was also on fire and would tear it up whenever given the space.
After 90+ minutes with no intermission, the band returned for an encore of “Remember Me this Way,” and a newer “Pour Me Another Round,” which left the packed house on their feet and smiling.