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Rare Bird Alert

Steep Canyon Rangers, Steve MartinAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 15, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B004K7M73M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rare Bird Alert
2. Yellow-Backed Fly
3. Best Love
4. Northern Island
5. Go Away, Stop, Turn Around, Come Back
6. Jubilation Day
7. More Bad Weather On The Way
8. You
9. The Great Remember (for Nancy)
10. Women Like To Slow Dance
11. Hide Behind A Rock
12. Atheists Don't Have No Songs
13. King Tut

Editorial Reviews

2011 album from Grammy and Emmy winning actor, comedian ,musician and bestselling author Steve Martin. On Rare Bird Alert, Steve is joined by the Steep Canyon Rangers, who toured extensively with Martin over the last year. Following the success of the Grammy Award winning The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, Rare Bird Alert features 13 new Martin-penned tracks, including a live version of King Tut, and was produced by Tony Trishka. Sir Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chick make special guest vocal appearances on the album. Martin co-wrote two of the CD's songs with the Steep Canyon Rangers.

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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This disc will turn you into a bluegrass music fan. March 15, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Steve Martin continues his career as a blue grass singer. This time he teams up with a five man band from North Carolina who call themselves the Steep Canyon Rangers. These guys can really play and sing. They harmonize so well on the track "More Bad Weather On The Way". This song has only one line of lyric, but the musical instruments playing on it is superb. The disc contains upbeat tracks like "Rare Bird Alert" and "Hide Behind A Rock". These songs are blue grass in the most pure form. I am blown away by the way the guys of Steep Canyon Rangers play the banjo. These two tracks put me in a good mood. I love the humor in the songs on this disc. My favorite track is "Jubliation Day". This is the funniest break up song I have ever heard. "Atheists Don't Have No Songs" is a very funny song about music and observations about religion. My other favorite track is the instrumental tune "The Great Remember". The fiddle playing by Nicky Sanders gives this song a romantic tone that I really like. Paul McCartney lends his vocal talents on the track "Best Love". This track stands out for me. It is the first bluegrass love song I have ever heard. "Yellow Backed Fly" is another enjoyable tune. This song is about the simple joy of fishing. This song has a visual quality that I enjoy. The Dixie Chicks lend their talents on the lovely track "You". The guys harmonize so well on the tune "Women Like To Slow Dance". This song has a spirit of a hoe down. This song is very fun. "Rare Bird Alert" will turn more listeners into fans of blue grass music. I really like this music.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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The Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC, annually hosts the Mountain Song Festival. The lead act and one of the main sponsors is the Steep Canyon Rangers, a well-known and loved blue grass group from the area and known to the locals as "The Steeps." During the 2008 Festival, the first that I attended, the Steeps were a few minutes into their second show when lead singer Woody Platt announced that there was an "older guy" backstage who said he could play the banjo and wanted to sit in with the band for a song or two. From between the back curtains walked Steve Martin. The crowd went absolutely wild - the people seated out on the lawn began quickly moving towards the stage - all were clapping and screaming like a bunch of teenaged girls at a Back Street Boys concert, which they were not since the average age in the crowd had to be well north of 50. What followed was a superb performance showing not only Martin's skills on the banjo but the vast musical skills of each member of the Steeps.

This phenomenally talented group continues to display those skills in the CD "Rare Bird Alert." The title song and "Northern Island" feature their instrumental talents and there is some remarkable acapella singing in "Atheists Don't Have No Songs" - not to mention they are joined by Sir Paul McCartney whose unmistakable voice provides the lead vocals in "Best Love." And today, St. Patrick's Day, Steve, Woody, Nicky, Mike, Charley, and Graham were guests on The View.

What a great story all around! What's next? Don't know but plan to enjoy the ride to find out.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Steve Martin March 16, 2011
Format:Audio CD
A strong collection of music from start to finish. My immediate favorites are Jubilation Day for its humor and the Great Remember, for its beauty and sadness. Buy the CD instead of downloading...the illustrations and booklet are fantastic. You'll read every word and study every illustration.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Many folks thought that comedian/actor/author/art expert Steve Martin's first bluegrass album was a "one shot thing". It was (and is) a highly entertaining album. Martin, who was playing banjo in his stand-up comedy act early in his career, hooked up with the North Carolina bluegrass band, The Steep Canyon Rangers at a music festival and they've been touring ever since.

Well, The Crow - that first CD - was not a fluke. Martin and "the Steeps" are back with this new album. Martin wrote nine of the 13 tracks here and co-wrote the rest with the band. Four of the songs are instrumentals (and one, More Bad Weather on the Way", could be considered as such, since the only lyrics are the words in the title). The pace is both fast and slow (the beautiful instrumental, "The Great Remember" is the latter). And while most of the album was recoded in the studio, the last three tracks - including the very funny "Atheists Don't Have No Songs" and a bluegrass version of Martin's pop hit "King Tut"- were recorded live in concert. Martin calls on a few "celebrities to attract the non-bluegrass audience. The Dixie Chicks get lead vocals on "You" and Sir Paul McCartney does the honors on "Best Love". Surely these tracks will find a lot of fans of these artists doing single downloads of these tracks, but maybe, just maybe, their fans will be introduced to this down-home style of music.

The handsomely illustrated booklet inserted in the CD sleeve has liner notes on each song by Martin (with a nod - more than once - to his forthcoming movie - The Big Year). No lyrics are included, but are probably on a website somewhere.

I really liked this CD, though I can't say I liked it more than The Crow. But both are five stars in my opinion. So, if you have the first album, run to get this one. If you don't have that one, feel free to start here and work backwards.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing banjo!!!!
Published 14 days ago by J. Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Martin you Jerk!
Steve Martin is terrible, I cannot stand how great this album is.
Published 20 days ago by Casey Ryback
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun music with lots of heart!
Love it!
Published 25 days ago by J. Clanton
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great CD
If you like fun and music you will love this CD it is the best of old and new from Steve Martin
Published 1 month ago by david w. harker
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun bluegrass
Great banjo and genuinely entertaining. Toe tapping pretty much guaranteed and a just a little bit of silly to keep you smiling.
Published 1 month ago by Cyril
5.0 out of 5 stars WHOA!!
After hearing this album I know I now need to purchase ANY and ALL of their music. It is amazing music then add some of Steve Martain's humor... just wonderful !!!
Published 2 months ago by brien patterson
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good songs, but overall blah
I bought the album after hearing a couple of songs on a radio program. They were clearly the two best songs on the album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll want to take this CD on the road with you
I remember Steve Martin's King Tut from waaay back, and this CD brings it all full circle, but in an unexpected way. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William C Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars So-So
I like Steve Martin and have heard him do better. So will only rate this as so-so-so-so-so. Added "so's" to comply with minimum works required to submit review (lol).
Published 2 months ago by Milwood
4.0 out of 5 stars He rides again, wittty as ever
For those that like a little old stuff, and a mix of old and new and maybe a bit of improve this will entertain. And if you are old enough you can even revisit King Tut,
Published 2 months ago by barns
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