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Wednesday To-Do: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers

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Steve martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers play Robinson Center Music Hall Wednesday.
  • Steve martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers play Robinson Center Music Hall Wednesday.

STEVE MARTIN and THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS
7 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $64-$92.

Though Steve Martin has long used the banjo as a prop for his stand-up comedy, he's an accomplished player, winning a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for his 2009 album "The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo."

The Steep Canyon Rangers are no slouches either. The North Carolina quintet has released half a dozen albums in the last decade or so, including one with Martin that kicked off the group's relationship with the storied folk label Rounder Records.

That album, "Rare Bird Alert," featured live renditions of Martin's SNL classic "King Tut" and "Atheists Don't Have No Songs," a clever a capella number that recounts all the fine musical traditions enjoyed by the faithful that have eluded nonbelievers. The record is chock-a-block with accomplished playing and a light-hearted vibe, but it's not all whimsy. For example, the instrumental track "The Great Remember (for Nancy)" is a gorgeous number, upbeat but also pensive, with a touch of melancholy.

Check out a live performance of "Atheists Don't Have No Songs" after the jump.

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