But the award winning 68-year-old, who will bring his concert tour with well-known singer
Q: The name of your Grammy winning song on the album of the same name, "Love Has Come For You," seems very romantic, not something I would normally associate with you or banjo music. What was the inspiration?
A: Actually Edie wrote the lyrics and I think she was just making it up out of her head. I had the banjo melody and she first heard it when I played it to her over the telephone. She was cooking and as she listened she said the first line of the lyrics, "She had a child by that man from the bank," just came to her when she heard the music. And once she had the first line, she felt she had the whole story. Of course, it just wouldn't have been as romantic if the lyrics were "she fell in love with the man from the gym."
Q: Explain the banjo as if you were teaching a music theory class in 50 words or less.
A: I would say first of all, it's a very American instrument that really developed in the 19th century. Its ancestors came from
Q: Now could you explain it from your heart?
A: I find the banjo to be an emotional instrument and not only when it is played slowly. It has a model sound, a certain melancholy to it when played one way. And it also has emotion when it is played fast, the way
Q: What do you think is the biggest misconception about the banjo?
A: Probably the biggest is that it is a good time instrument only. I feel it is much, much richer than that.
Q: You're best known as an actor and comic. And of course there were those early forays into music; "King Tut" comes to mind. Does music trump everything now, expect for maybe being a relatively new dad?
A: Certainly my whole life has shifted as far as priorities and right now music is number one professionally. There are a couple of movies in the works but those projects are too far off to talk about. And as far as being a dad, it's good but I don't like to talk about it
Q: Who are your idols when it comes to music?
A: The band I work with, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and of course, Edie. I am also very enchanted right now with The Punch Brothers and
Q: If you could play with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
A: I had the good fortune to play with
Q: You haven't done a movie in a few years and you did say you have something in the works, but in the meantime, will there be more music?
A: I have a new CD/DVD "
Q: The word was you sneaked into
A: I saw it and I loved it.
Q: You share top billing with Edie on the concert bill. What does she have that you don't, other than the obvious?
A: She brings such an unusual quality to music. Music can be straight forward or askew. She finds the emotional heart through her lyrics and always continually surprises me with what she does.
Q: Will her husband
A: I don't know anything about it and don't know if he is coming.
Q: You are included on a new list of "50 Best Banjo Players" on ranker.com along with
A: I didn't see the list but love being on it. I feel accomplished.
Q: Most people know you for your comedy, not your music. Will they still enjoy the show here in
A: Actually our show has a lot of comedy, it's 40 percent comedy. For me it is a revitalization of performing live, standing up on stage, getting the immediate feedback. So there will be music and comedy, something for everyone. Me, Edie, the Canyon Ranger, we try to do the most entertaining show we can. We really enjoy what we do and every night we always try to do our best.
Q: What is something most people don't know about you?
A: I don't really have an answer for you. I guess that I can trick rope, the way cowboys do. Although I usually only bring it out at parties.
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