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The 2016 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass is Rhiannon Giddens. Rhiannon Giddens occupies a unique position in the world of banjo music, bridging contemporary and traditional forms and the cultures of three continents. Few musicians have done more to revitalize old-time sounds in the last decade. Drawing from blues, jazz, folk, hip-hop, traditional African, Celtic, and jug band music, she has brought tremendous vitality and artistry to her live and recorded performances. Her work as a solo artist and with the Carolina Chocolate Drops has highlighted the banjo’s history as an African and an African-American instrument, and resurrected black string band music for a new generation. Her musical career began with opera training at Oberlin College, then segued into Scottish and Celtic music, with a sideline in calling contra dances. In 2005, Giddens attended the Black Banjo Gathering at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, a conference dedicated to exploring the roots of banjo music. There, she met Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson, with whom she founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The three started making weekly trips to play and study with veteran fiddler Joe Thompson. Albums, touring, and widespread acclaim ensued, including a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for Genuine Negro Jig in 2011. In recent years, she’s branched out into solo recording projects, including Tomorrow is My Turn, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album in 2016. In addition to the contemporary five-string banjo, she has performed on gourd banjo, nineteenth-century minstrel banjo, and the three-stringed African akonting. She has emerged as a multi-instrumentalist who is passionate about bringing the sound and feel of old-time black string bands into the twenty-first century. Along the way, she has become a historian as well as a musician. For more information about Rhiannon Giddens, visit banjo.stevemartin.com. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell have won the Drama Desk Award for "Best Music" (Bright Star)! Bright Star is playing now at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. For ticket info, visit brightstarmusical.com Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
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Learn 3-finger and clawhammer style banjo parts for the musical, “Bright Star,” written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell with the Bright Star banjo app. Available for free in the iTunes App Store. Click here for more details. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
Director Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film, in theaters November 11, is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
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Bright Star wins Best Musical and Best Score from Outer Critics Circle! Bright Star is playing now at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. For ticket info, visit brightstarmusical.com Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
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Bright Star has been nominated for 5 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Actress, Best Book, Best Score, and Best Orchestrations. Bright Star is playing now at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. For ticket info, visit brightstarmusical.com Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
A live song from Bright Star on the Today show! Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
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Bright Star has been nominated for 7 Outer Critics Circle awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Actress! Click here for the complete list of nominations. Bright Star is playing now at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. For ticket info, visit brightstarmusical.com Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
Go behind the scenes of So Familiar in Part 6 of legendary producer Peter Asher's "Getting Familiar" series. Find out more about the track "I Had A Vision". Get So Familiar at: Amazon | iTunes Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
Check out the March 24 New York Times review of 'Bright Star': "'Bright Star' Beams Nostalgia Underscored by Fiddles and Banjos". Click here to read it. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
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BRIGHT STARA NEW MUSICAL ABOUT THE STORIES WE TELL – AND THE ONES WE DON'T Music, Book, and Story by Steve MartinMusic, Lyrics, and Story by Edie Brickell Directed by Walter Bobbie Inspired by an astonishing true event, the wholly original new musical BRIGHT STAR, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront a shocking incident from her past. Together they discover a long-buried secret with the power to transform their lives. BRIGHT STAR opens at the Cort Theatre on Broadway on March 24th. For ticket info, visit brightstarmusical.com Click here to watch Steve Martin talk about writing the musical: "It's been thrilling for me to watch and listen to the audience." Watch this exclusive, extended video of "Sun Is Gonna Shine" from BRIGHT STAR: Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
Go behind the scenes of So Familiar in Part 5 of legendary producer Peter Asher's "Getting Familiar" series. Find out more about the track "By Your Side". Get So Familiar at: Amazon | iTunes Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
Go behind the scenes of So Familiar in Part 4 of legendary producer Peter Asher's "Getting Familiar" series. Find out more about the track "Won't Go Back". Get So Familiar at: Amazon | iTunes Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
Go behind the scenes of So Familiar in Part 3 of legendary producer Peter Asher's "Getting Familiar" series. Find out more about the track "Always Will". Get So Familiar at: Amazon | iTunes Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
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BRIGHT STARA NEW MUSICAL ABOUT THE STORIES WE TELL – AND THE ONES WE DON'T Music, Book, and Story by Steve MartinMusic, Lyrics, and Story by Edie Brickell Directed by Walter Bobbie Inspired by an astonishing true event, the wholly original new musical BRIGHT STAR, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront a shocking incident from her past. Together they discover a long-buried secret with the power to transform their lives. BRIGHT STAR began performances at the Cort Theatre on Broadway on February 25th. For ticket info, visit brightstarmusical.com Click here to watch Steve Martin talk about writing the musical: "It's been thrilling for me to watch and listen to the audience." Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
Go behind the scenes of So Familiar in Part 2 of legendary producer Peter Asher's "Getting Familiar" series. Today learn about how the title track "So Familiar" came about. Get So Familiar at: Amazon | iTunes Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
Go behind the scenes of So Familiar with legendary producer Peter Asher in our new series "Getting Familiar". This week Peter explains how both of Steve & Edie's albums came about, and the processes behind them. Check back here next week for a brand new edition! Get So Familiar at: Amazon | iTunes Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at SteveMartin.com
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So Familiar - the new album from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell - is available now. Get the album from: Amazon | iTunes | Barnes & Noble Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at SteveMartin.com
Watch our new video for "Won't Go Back": The new album from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, So Familiar, will be available October 30. Click here to pre-order the album. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at SteveMartin.com
Watch the official video to "Won't Go Back" on Vanity Fair today! The new album from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, So Familiar, will be available October 30. Click here to pre-order the album. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at SteveMartin.com
Banjo player extraordinaire Danny Barnes is the 2015 recipient of the 6th annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Described as "one of a kind" and widely acknowledged as "one of the best banjo players in America," Barnes is recognized for his experimental sound. The raw and unpolished musical breadth of his compositions has propelled him across the industry today. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at SteveMartin.com
Get a sneak peek into the recording of Steve Marin and Edie Brickell's new album So Familiar - available October 30, 2015! Pre-order your copy today: Official Store | iTunes/Apple Music | Barnes & Noble Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at SteveMartin.com
Listen to "Won't Go Back" - the first single from the forthcoming album from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, So Familiar, which will be available October 30. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at SteveMartin.com
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The new album from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, So Familiar, will be available October 30. Click here to pre-order the album today for your chance at exclusive prizes from Steve and Edie. Visit RollingStone.com to hear "Won't Go Back" - the first single from the new album. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at SteveMartin.com
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's musical 'Bright Star' is headed for the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The show will run from December 2, 2015 to January 10, 2016 in the Eisenhower Theater. Click here to read more from the Washington Post. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at SteveMartin.com