If you didn’t see the recent Broadway musical Bright Star, you probably don’t know Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) and Edie Brickell’s new “Asheville.” The pair set their musical in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1940s, using the area’s bluegrass music as its inspiration. Though Martin is best known for his comedy, for some time now he has been a more than credible banjo player, even recording no-joke bluegrass albums with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Earl Scruggs, plus several now with Brickell.
Now one of North Carolina’s biggest musical exports of the last few years, Delta Rae, has covered the song in a beautiful woodsy video. “While on our last tour out west, we played this song to remind us of home,” the band wrote on Facebook. It’s only a shame they didn’t cover it sooner – despite five Tony Award nominations, the musical closed earlier this year. But Delta Rae’s cover is a beautiful version that should help keep the song alive even after the musical it came from is dead.
Check out more from Delta Rae at their website.