Steve Martin showed off his banjo-playing skills on Twitter yesterday, and fans were awestruck of the 75-year-old actor and musician playing in what looks to be his backyard.
“What’s happening? Banjo!” Martin wrote of the short clip.
One user wrote, “he had one glass of wine and said it’s time to show twitter who’s king.”
he had one glass of wine and said it’s time to show twitter who’s king https://t.co/hQosRr1HBy— James (@CaucasianJames) August 4, 2021
“Resting banjo face?” asked one fan, to which Martin replied, “It’s sad that I thought I was smiling.”
It’s sad that I thought I was smiling.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 4, 2021
Another wrote, “Pause to reflect on this mans long and glorious career. And that he was a smoke show of a young man.”
Pause to reflect on this mans long and glorious career. And that he was a smoke show of a young man. pic.twitter.com/aFqLy7qoQU— old woman (@shaniat89456347) August 4, 2021
Another person highlighted Martin’s bluegrass music career.
I’m care anyone didn’t know, Steve Martin used to be a bluegrass hippy cowboy pic.twitter.com/xJYYq8YFGp— Jacob (@zlackbabbath) August 4, 2021
Steve Martin collaborates with American bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers, touring with them since 2009. Martin’s 2009 album The Crow: New Songs for the 5- String Banjo was his first solo album as a musician, featuring Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Tim O’Brien, Tony Trischka and Mary Black.
Two years later, Martin released Rare Bird Alert, a bluegrass album collaboration with the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring guest appearances by Paul McCartney and The Chicks. In 2013, Martin and Edie Brickell created Love Has Come for You. In 2015, Martin collaborated once again with Edie Brickell for the album So Familiar.
Martin is still touring with Steep Canyon Rangers, with dates spanning from August through the end of the year. Per Steep Canyon Ranger’s website, the Asheville, North Carolina natives are Grammy winners, perennial Billboard chart-toppers, and frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin. They are often compared to predecessors The Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the Zac Brown Band.