Actor Steve Martin readies debut album

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Actor/comedian Steve Martin will release his first full-length music album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo tomorrow. The bluegrass flavored album, which features guest vocalist Mary Black, Vince Gill, Tim O’Brien, Dolly Parton and musicians Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick and Tony Trischka, will be available exclusively on for the first 90 days.

He may not be Bela Fleck but he did perform on the Grammy Award winning Foggy Mountain Breakdown with Earl Scruggs. His play on that album inspired Martin to begin writing his own set of new banjo songs, some with lyrics and some as instrumentals. The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo , which consists of 15 original tracks written by Martin, was produced by John McEuen, of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. It was recorded in Dublin, Hollywood, Nashville and New Jersey and, the record .

“I have loved the banjo my whole life,” Martin said in a press release. “The songs on this record represent the influence of a dozen players and a thousand tunes, and I thank them all. But it’s the banjo itself I thank most for generating nostalgia for experiences I never had, joy I was yet to experience, and melancholy that was yet to come.”

The former "Saturday Night Live" star will return to his old stomping grounds this Saturday to host and perform on the hit NBC show. Martin is also gearing up for the release if "The Pink Panther 2", which hits theatre on February 6 and was filmed in Boston.

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