By Joseph Brannigan Lynch
Updated October 14, 2009 at 09:02 PM EDT
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What’s up with musicians and dogs this week? Yesterday we found out Ryan Gosling is using his balloon-hungry hound to promote his indie band’s tour, and now Steve Martin enters the celebrity-canine-music marketing triangle with a contest challenging fans to make a video for one of the songs off his latest bluegrass album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.

Martin—who has been playing the banjo for over 40 years—wants you to film an amateur music video starring your pup(s) set to his song “Wally on the Run,” an instrumental hoedown he wrote in honor of his furry labrador friend Wally. Whoever he decides has the best video gets 1000 clams and the respect of the mutt-loving, banjo-pickin’ community. Check out this one-of-a-kind offer after the jump:

Go to Dailymotion to grab the track, upload your submission, and check out the competition.

Think this whole thing is out of left field? It really isn’t when you recall that scene from The Jerk: “That’s all I need. The paddle game, and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches…” …And an amateur music video set to one of his banjo tunes starring your dog. And that’s all he needs.

May the best video win the banjo duel.

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