Steve Martin’s New Album Features Paul McCartney, Dixie Chicks

Steve Martin’s new bluegrass album, Rare Bird Alert, features collaborations with the Dixie Chicks and Paul McCartney. The project was released Tuesday (March 15) by Rounder Records. A longtime banjo picker, Martin recorded the project with producer Tony Trischka, as well as the Steep Canyon Rangers, a North Carolina bluegrass group that tours with him. Rare Bird Alert features 12 new songs written by Martin and a live version of “King Tut,” the comedy song that was a hit for Martin in 1978. Martin’s previous bluegrass album, The Crow, was released in 2009 and won a Grammy for best bluegrass album.