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Canyon Rangers win bluegrass award
Steve Martin picks away at history
"I want to thank all the other nominees for losing," Martin joked after accepting the award. Entertainer of the year goes to the act that does the best job representing the genre.
Still, he's staying away from any partisan nitpicking.
"My song is a historical song, not a political song," he says.
Martin is an avid user of Twitter. Since joining in 2010, he has amassed 1.3 million followers .
He wrote the songs, sings on some of them as do the Dixie Chicks and Paul McCartney ("an unlikely get, as you can imagine") and plays his trademark banjo. The "extremely" well received "Me and Paul Revere" closes each show. It's Martin's first tour in a long while.
"But now I have sort of comedy leading into a song and it's a really fun form, three minutes of comedy and then a song for three minutes. It breaks things up." And with the Rangers jamming along, he's not alone up Reebok Kendrick Lamar On Feet there.
Martin, however, is generous when it comes to parsing Palin's remarks. "On one hand, it's actually quite accurate," says Martin, who based the facts in his song on "Paul Revere's Ride," the 1994 book by Brandeis University historian David Hackett Fischer, which he read several years ago. (Indeed, during the height of the Palin hubbub, Martin tweeted something relatively sympathetic to some of what Palin argued, that the Boston silversmith warned the British: "Paul Revere did not warn that 'the British are coming,' because all the citizens WERE British. There was no America yet.")
Martin and his group of crack bluegrassers took entertainer of the year, the night's top award at TheRyman Auditorium, while super group The Boxcars took home a leading four awards.
two Oscars," Martin said afterward. "It's something we work very hard at and I kind of started from scratch. I mean I've been playing banjo for 50 years, but performing in a band I've never done. I've done it for about two years You know, the hardest part was talking and tuning."
"I'm just doing it free form and making it up as I go along," Martin says. "It's funny to be walking down the hallway and have a tweet appear in your mind and not knowing really where it comes from. That unpredictability to myself might mean it's unpredictable to the audience in the same way."
That said, if it inspires people to delve deeper into the country's revolutionary past, he's thrilled. The true story is "actually just as interesting as the mythological history of Paul Revere's ride."
Now he has paid lyrical homage to another historical figure, Paul Revere. The only difference between the tunes?
Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers turned the 2011 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards into funny business.
"One is accurate," Martin, 65, says.
Martin is now on tour with the Rangers, promoting his bluegrass album "Rare Bird Alert."
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Told from the point of view of the patriot's literal sidekick his horse, Brown Beauty it's the "REAL story of Paul Revere!" as Martin tweeted last summer vs., say, comments about ringing bells and firing warning shots uttered by Sarah Palin during her short run for presidency.
It is the first IBMA award for Martin and the second for the Rangers, winners of the 2006 emerging artist of the year award. They snap Dailey Vincent's three year winning streak in the entertainer category.
"I didn't even know if I could play the banjo for two hours," he says. Back in the day, touring was about performing solid comedy for 1 hours. Saucony Dirty Snow Ii
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