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.
You don’t hear much from Edie Brickell these days. Perceived mostly as a one-hit (or album) wonder, her 1988 album Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars with band The New Bohemians went double platinum, but she’s only released a few low-profile albums since. Her 1992 marriage to Paul Simon probably took the pressure to perform off as well.