A Banjo Salute to Steve Martin


salute 05On May 14th I teamed up with the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City to present a show dedicated to the music of Steve Martin and in connection to their current exhibit “The Banjo World of Steve Martin“. Highlighting both his early comedy, and transition in to banjo instrumentals; the 50 minute show ended up being standing room only!

salute 03Songs included instrumentals like “The Crow,” “Pitkin County Turnaround,”  as well as “Grandmother’s Song” and “King Tut!” In between songs I talked about Steve’s start in entertainment from Disneyland at 10 years old, to the Smothers Brothers, to returning to stage with his current bluegrass shows and Broadway musical: Bright Star.

salute 04The audience was great and included two separate families with connections to Steve! One woman who had been in high school with him and another family who’s mother worked with him in Disneyland! Both parties did not know each other before the concert, and just happened to visit the museum the day of my show!

salute 07My thanks to museum director, Johnny Baier, for all he does and all he did to help me out as well as Margie, Dustin, Janet, and all the others from the American Banjo Museum. I hope to do this show again!

Until then here are some clips:

“Go Away, Stop! Turn Around, Come Back”

“Grandmother’s Song”

“Tin Roof/Blue River Waltz”

“Late For School”

“King Tut”

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