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Steve Martin Turns Poetry Into Music

At New York City’s Joe’s Pub last night, novelist and actor Steve Martin performed with his bluegrass band–The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Using an iPad propped on a special stand to view the set list, Martin and the musicians performed songs from their new album, “Rare Bird Alert.” The band played two songs for the encore.

The first song set a W.H. Auden poem to music. Martin explained that his wife read the Auden piece to him. He thought it would make a great country song and called Auden’s estate for permission. The video embedded above features the second encore, “Orange Blossom Special.”

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