Multi-talented Grammy and Emmy winning actor/comedian/musician and bestselling author Steve Martin will perform on the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Martin will showcase the banjo on a unique collaboration with ACM "Vocal Group of the Year" nominees Rascal Flatts during a performance of their new single "Banjo." The Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET / delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers have also added extensive dates to their North American summer tour in support of their GRAMMY nominated album, Rare Bird Alert (Rounder). Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at a range of venues this summer from intimate concert halls to major amphitheatres and music festivals. They'll kick off their 35-city summer trek in Indio, CA at the Stagecoach Festival on April 28 and make stops at some of the most prestigious venues across the country including Red Rocks Amphitheater with Emmylou Harris & Her Red Dirt Boys and Arlo Guthrie, the Ravinia Pavilion, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Ottawa Jazz Festival among others. The tour runs through September 1 ending in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre.
Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have embarked on four widely acclaimed tours and have delighted audiences at Bonnaroo, New Orleans' Jazzfest and The Newport Folk Festival among others. The OC Register said "what's so heartening and wonderful to see is Steve Martin back on stage, doing both things he does best - playing banjo and being funny."
Martin was recently featured on NPR Morning Edition to discuss his best-selling book The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin and discuss the upcoming tour. Listen to that interview HERE.
Rare Bird Alert features 13 Martin-penned tracks, including a live version of "King Tut," and special guest vocals from Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks. Martin co-wrote two songs from the album with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Rare Bird Alert was produced by Tony Trischka and released on Rounder Records.
STEVE MARTIN AND THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS CONCERT DATES
April 28 Indio, CA Stagecoach
April 29 Santa Barbara, CA The Granada
May 22 Hanover, NH Spaulding Auditorium
May 23 Burlington, VT Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
May 24 Sudbury, ON Sudbury Arena
May 25 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
May 26 Brookville, NY Tilles Center For the Performing Arts
May 27 Cumberland, MD Allegany County Fairgrounds
May 29 Boston, MA Symphony Hall
May 30 Boston, MA Symphony Hall
May 31 Boston, MA Symphony Hall
June 1 Staten Island, NY St. George Theatre
June 2 Charlottesville, VA nTelos Wireless Pavilion
June 3 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
June 20 Little Rock, AR Robinson Center Auditorium
June 21 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre
June 22 Sioux City, IA Orpheum Theatre
June 23 Des Moines, IA Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
June 24 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Pavilion
June 26 OTTAWA, ON Confederation Park
June 27 Rochester, NY Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater - Matinee Show
June 27 Rochester, NY Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater - Evening Show
June 28 Detroit, MI MotorCity Casino Hotel - Sound Board
June 29 Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium
July 18 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
July 19 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
July 20 Missoula, MT Ogren Park at Allegiance Field
July 25 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater
July 26 Troutdale, OR Edgefield
August 3 Detroit Lakes, MN We Fest
August 5 Duluth, MN Bayfront Blues Festival
August 23 San Diego, CA Humphreys
August 26 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
August 29 Livermore, CA Wente Vineyards
August 30 Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts
August 31 Palm Desert, CA McCallum Theatre For the Performing Arts
September 1 Los Angeles, CA Pantages Theatre
To purchase tickets and for more information on Steve Martin, please visit www.stevemartin.com.