It’s happened again: Back in June, Steve Martin’s tour rider was “leaked” on his website. Today, his ideas for his new banjo road show followed suit. A few of the suggestions he starred: “Audience seems to love it when I show up,” “Explain to all who think bluegrass = great new strain of pot,” and “If those groupies rush the tour bus again: gently turn their walkers back around.” Personally, I’d vote for “Pyrotechnics: bring out tiny blow torch & teach audience how to make creme brulée!” Martin’s tour resumes Oct. 1.
I actually caught him with backing band Steep Canyon Rangers on July 31. It was my birthday, so I wasn’t taking notes. After the jump, what I remember best, after the way my mother lost her s— when they launched into a bluegrass version of “King Tut”: Their hilarious a cappella number “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs.” (If you want to see Martin do some picking — he’s fantastic — watch that below as well.)