Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Steve Martin to Make Grand Ole Opry Debut on May 30

The Grand Ole Opry has announced that Emmy Award-winning actor/comedian/writer Steve Martin will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on May 30 with a performance from his first music album, The Crow-New Songs for the Five-String Banjo. Life-long friend John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), who produced the album and assembled an all-star cast to record with Martin, will appear on the show along with Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Stuart Duncan, Tim O'Brien, and more. In the press release, Pete Fisher said "We're excited to welcome Steve Martin to the Opry in May." The artists will play songs from the new album.

My comment is "well, ok". I have heard his banjo work before with Earl Scruggs and he is an outstanding banjo player. My other comment is that at least with Vince Gill they will have one member of the Opry on stage!! I am sure the Opry will get good publicity out of this, just as they did when they had Jack Black on several weeks ago.

On a happy note, how about a big happy birthday to Jim Ed Brown, who turned 75 today. Many more for one of the great artists in country music who should be in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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