Steve Martin and Edie Brickell talk creative collaboration, fun songs, the magic of the banjo and more
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell talked about teaming on a project a couple of years ago. She's married to Paul Simon, a longtime friend of Martin's. Then, lo and behold, it actually happened, with the new album Love Has Come For You.
"I write a song on the banjo and then Edie takes that and puts a vocal melody over that," says Martin, 67. "There are always two melodies going on."
To support the delicate, tuneful album, which has been a surprise hit on the Billboard charts, Brickell will join Martin and his Steep Canyon Rangers band on a summer tour, which stops at a sold-out Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Thursday.
The sold-out show promises to bring lots of the chemistry that helped bring the album to life in the first place.
"I've just been so inspired," says Brickell, who many will remember as the hushy, lilty singer of the 1988 hit What I Am with the New Bohemians. "I've had to alter my thinking and just let my imagination flow. The moment I heard his music, I started hearing stories. It took me back emotionally."