|The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo|
|Studio album by|
|Released||January 27, 2009|
|Genre||Bluegrass, folk revival|
|Steve Martin chronology|
The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo is a 2009 album by Steve Martin, featuring Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Tim O'Brien, Tony Trischka and Mary Black. It contains 15 songs and is the first album focusing on Martin as a musician.Martin's 1977 comedy recording Let's Get Small , however, did feature him briefly playing the banjo during some of the comedy bits, and The Steve Martin Brothers devotes one side to banjo playing, including earlier renditions of some of the music presented here. It was first released on January 27, 2009, as an Amazon.com exclusive and then released to retail stores everywhere on May 19, 2009. On January 31, 2010, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards.
All songs written by Steve Martin except where indicated.
A Deluxe Limited Edition was released June 16, 2009. It is packaged in a die-cut, fold-open, pop-up Digipak and contains Tracks 1 to 15 as listed above with the additions of:
|U.S. Billboard 200||93|
|U.S. Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums||1|
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