We went to see Steve Martin’s bluegrass show in Nashville last night (5/27). The show was on the North side at the new Woods Amphitheater, a beautiful, outdoor theater that is part of The Fontanel complex. It was my first time to Nashville’s newest outdoor amphitheater, and I was thoroughly impressed: Parking was free. Parking attendants were present, helpful and friendly. The overall venue was very clean, organized, inviting and there was definitely an Opryland/Smoky Mountains vibe, which in no way is a bad thing.
I’m pretty sure there was no opening act, or at least I never saw one, which is a plus in my book.
There aren’t enough good things to say about Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers (his band). The musical ability among the six men on stage is top-notch. Martin, of course, is hilarious. He does an excellent job of bringing just enough comedy into the show, but not turning it in to a comedy show. Yes, you are there to see and hear Steve Martin, but as soon as you encounter the music of the evening, you quickly understand that Steve Martin is very serious, and he has surrounded himself with some of the greatest musicians in the world.
Be sure and check out the latest album from Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers – Rare Bird Alert. It has a couple of special guest vocalists, including a guy by the name of Paul McCartney, along with the Dixie Chicks.
Also, don’t miss the fact that The Steep Canyon Rangers are a stand-alone band.
Enjoy “Jubilation Day,” from Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers.