Love Has Come for You

Love Has Come for You

by Steve Martin, Edie BrickellSteve Martin


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Everyone should realize by now that Steve Martin is more than just a comedian who started off his career in the comedy clubs with an arrow through his head and a five-string banjo as a prop. He's written short stories, novels, plays, and who knows how many film scripts. He's an actor and a serious art collector, and his work, however funny it may be at times, really arcs closer to human philosophy than it does standup or slapstick, although Martin knows how to do a pratfall with the best of the Saturday Night Live crew. But for the record, and for the sake of the matter at hand, Martin is a fine and accomplished banjo player, good enough to play with the likes of Vince Gill, Tim O'Brien, Tony Trischka, John McKuen, and Pete Wernick, and, oh yeah, he's played with Earl Scruggs too, which alone should state the case. Yep, Martin can play the banjo, and better yet, he composes on it, and his gentle, lilting, and chiming banjo lines have easy, natural melodies embedded in them. This is where Edie Brickell enters the picture. On Love Has Come for You, Martin's third album for Rounder Records, Brickell's lyrics bring those gracefully easy melodies to life, stretching them into likewise graceful songs with a sparse, whimsical, and artfully open-aired narrative style. Her singing sounds relaxed and unpressured, just like Martin's easy-rolling banjo lines, and the two of them together are no novelty act. This is a true collaboration, and songs like the opener, "When You Get to Asheville," which features a muted chamber string section that wraps around Martin's banjo like a bright, warm blanket (the album was produced by Peter Asher), the odd, compelling "Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Baby" (about a baby thrown off a train in a suitcase, it could almost be called an Appalachian murder ballad, except no one dies, and the song is delivered with a sort of slightly bemused warmth), and "Shawnee," a simple, lovely, and gentle song about missing someone, all make it clear that Martin and Brickell are no accidental tourists. This is a sweet-sounding album with subtle depths, not really bluegrass, but a precisely gentle folk album that grows more graceful and revealing with each listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/2013
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661915022
catalogNumber: 619150
Rank: 51253

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Martin   Primary Artist,Vocals,5-string Banjo
Edie Brickell   Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano,Accordion,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Peter Asher   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Kate Musker   Viola
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Scott Price   Choir Director
Ian Walker   Bass,Double Bass
Waddy Wachtel   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Graham Sharp   Background Vocals
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Geoff Zanelli   Hand Clapping,Dulcitone
Stephen Hilton   Synthesizer,electronic percussion
Sara Watkins   Fiddle
Sean Watkins   Acoustic Guitar
Sean Hill   Choir, Chorus
Esperanza Spalding   Bass,Double Bass
Stacey Watton   Double Bass
Mike Guggino   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Aaron Sterling   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping,Cajon
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Webb Sisters   Background Vocals
Woody Platt   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Nicky Sanders   Fiddle
Jeff Alan Ross   Electric Guitar
Schola Cantorum   Choir, Chorus
Thomas Fetherstonhaugh   Choir, Chorus
Charles Humphrey   Double Bass
Boys' Choir of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School   Choir, Chorus
Noah Scoffield   Choir, Chorus
Joseph Outtrim   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Steve Martin   Composer
Martin Mull   Cover Painting
Peter Asher   Producer
Edie Brickell   Composer,Lyricist
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Isobel Griffiths   String Contractor
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Bob Stark   Engineer
Geoff Zanelli   Arranger,String Arrangements
Wesley Seidman   Engineer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Dom Boucher   Engineer

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