Steve Martin to make Grand Ole Opry debut

April 1, 2009 5:05:35 AM PDT
Steve Martin is coming to the Grand Ole Opry, and he's bringing his banjo.

The comedian, actor, author, playwright and musician will make his debut on the long-running country music program May 30.

An Opry spokeswoman says Martin will perform songs from his first musical album, "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo. Performing with him will be friends Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Stuart Duncan, Tim O'Brien and John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Martin, who's been playing banjo since he was 17, wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the new album, which features several guests including Gill, Dolly Parton and bluegrass great Earl Scruggs.

The album is now sold exclusively through Amazon.com but will be available at other music retailers later this year.

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