January 15, 2021

Summer Sounds from CM: A Most Entertaining Evening


Concert Review
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, with Edie Brickell
Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN. July 27, 2013

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Start with a talented, Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band.

Add one of the funniest men in the world, who also happens to be an accomplished banjo player with a Grammy of his own, to play with them, write tunes for them, and emcee their concerts.

Then add a delightful vocalist who writes heartfelt lyrics and sings with a freedom and whimsy that fits perfectly with the claw-hammer banjo and old-timey bluegrass style.

Put them all together on stage and what do you get? — one of the most entertaining nights I have ever spent in a concert hall.

Last Saturday, Gail and I went downtown to hear Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, with Edie Brickell. They are currently on tour and performing in support of their latest album, Love Has Come For You.

The concert was well-paced, with good variety provided by the various individuals and groups, fall on floor funny, and totally satisfying in its musical finesse, showmanship, and emotional trajectory.

For your listening pleasure today, a small bit of what we so enjoyed last Saturday —



Here is a bit of the humor, mixed with outstanding playing:



  1. Bluegrass for people who don’t normally listen to Bluegrass. I saw them earlier this year in San Diego, and I must say that Steve looked pretty worn down that night. The jokes were the same ones I’d heard numerous times before but the music was first rate, and THAT is why I listen to Bluegrass! A good show, overall, but not the best I have seen. Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, followed by Rhonda Vincent rate higher.

  2. They were just out here on Long Island a while back, and now I’m kicking myself. Couldn’t cough up the price of admission.

  3. I was just thinking that the guy on the banjo looks like Steve Martin.

    I remember Edie Brickell and the New Bohemaians’ song “What I Am.”

  4. CM- Steep Canyon Rangers are some of the best! I’m lucky enough to live in a bluegrass town, just north of their home, and I’ve been attending the local jam session where Nicky Sanders (the fiddle player) hosts. I play mandolin, so when I can work up the courage, I’ve been able to play on stage with him a few times. Dude’s a WIZARD. Thanks for posting

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