Steve Martin Has Been Spending His Isolation Playing Incredibly Soothing Banjo Solos

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You know Steve Martin as a comedy icon, his irreverent standup routines putting him on the map in the 1970s and his Saturday Night Live hosting gigs the stuff of legend.

He’s also a world class bluegrass musician, having used the instrument in comedy bits over the years and eventually turning that into an acclaimed music career, winning a Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Bluegrass Album with his record The Crows: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo and releasing great albums with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell in recent years.

Currently left to his own devices during the coronavirus pandemic, Steve has filled some of his free time with a series of instrumental banjo performances that are quite soothing in this era of confusion:

The above is his latest performance clip, uploaded to Twitter on Thursday. Others have surfaced in recent weeks …

depicting some quieting moments in the woods.

He’s also (re?)discovered his egg poacher, which is definitely a good thing:

He also apparently has an affinity for old dusty magazines. Who knew?

Keep tabs on Steve Martin via his Twitter page to see what other forms of creative entertainment he brings us in the coming days and weeks.

And because it’s always time for a good history lesson, enjoy his classic SNL “King Tut” bit below, as featured in our Top 11 Songs About Royalty list.


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