Back in 1988, Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians dropped an album - Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars and its hit single "What I Am" - which augmented that era's folky roots in the mainstream. It was around the same time as the ever-so-slight singer-songwriter boom of the late '80s and Brickell's sound hinted at what has since become an indie roots trend in modern music. It's not much of a leap to imagine some of today's indie roots artists grew up listening to Brickell's debut, among other things.
Meanwhile, Steve Martin - the comedian, actor, and author extraordinaire - has been asserting his own remarkable influence over a bit of a banjo boom these last few years. He ran a few laps of the bluegrass festival and club circuit with the incredible Steep Canyon Rangers, and now he's teamed up with Brickell for an album which is sure to drop a whole new sound on the folk/roots/Americana-loving audience.
Due April 23 on Rounder Records, Love Has Come for You is likely to be one of the most buzzed-about rootsy discs of the year. According to its press release, Martin said, "The banjo can be so evocative when it's used sparingly, and that was in the back of my mind as we were writing ... It's the way I've longed to play and hear the banjo, rather than it being present at every moment. In these songs, the point is to tell the story and get out." I, for one, will look forward to how it all plays out.
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