Steve Martin Can’t Survive a “Pretty Little One”


Steve Martin is well aware there’s a body count in bluegrass, and to that canon, he’s adding the vivacious “Pretty Little One.”

Even though the Emmy-winning comedian portrays the song’s unlikable narrator, singer Edie Brickell is the one who gets the last word. (Sorry to hear about those buttercups, Steve.) Meanwhile, the top-notch Steep Canyon Rangers keep the storyline moving right along as they have for all of Martin’s bluegrass albums.

This exceptional live performance comes from the ensemble’s show last fall at the historic Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, Calif., filmed for PBS’ Great Performances series. The full set is featured in a new CD/DVD combo titled Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell — Live.

Martin and Brickell shared a Grammy win in February when another selection from the project, “Love Will Come for You,” received the trophy for best Americana roots song. Unfolding like a novel in about three minutes, that redemptive song comes from the duo’s much-admired album of the same name which was released last year. Far more than just a capable backing band, the Steep Canyon Rangers claimed a 2012 Grammy for their notable bluegrass album, Nobody Knows You. Their newest collection Tell the Ones I Love is equally solid.

By the way, the set lists on the new live collection aren’t exactly the same. The DVD features a lot of comic riffing while the CD is solely focused on the music. However, quite a few numbers will still crack you up — “Jubilation Day” and “Atheists Ain’t Got No Songs,” to name two.

Check out Steve Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell’s “Pretty Little One.”