As funny and entertaining Steve Martin is in his movies, the legendary comic actor is also an accomplished banjo player. He has recorded and toured extensively with bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers, including the original song “Me and Paul Revere.” Martin paid special tribute to the song with an impromptu performance outside Revere’s house in Boston.
“Woo! We made the news!” Martin wryly cheered as he told the crowd about the song and their purpose for being in front of Revere’s house.
The band will perform Tuesday night with the Boston Pops in a concert at Symphony Hall, and decided to show just how much they care about “Me & Paul Revere” and the true history behind the man. “We thought this was a great opportunity to come to this historic site and sing this song,” Martin added.
The surprise performance was only hinted at through a tweet from Martin’s own Twitter account @SteveMartinToGo less than 2 hours prior, showing off the comic’s social media savvy.
Today at 4:15pm, @SteepCanyon Rangers and I appearing at Paul Revere's historic house in Boston to sing our song "Me and Paul Revere."—
Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) May 28, 2012
Of course, a song written by Steve Martin has to have a comic quality to it, right? “Me and Paul Revere” tells the story of the Massachusetts Revolution-era patriot with facts about the man – but it’s told from the point of view of his horse. Needless to say, it’s not quite as dramatic or romanticized as the Longfellow poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” but the horse’s story is one rarely told in history.
“I was really taken with the history of the horse. And you know you’re always looking for an angle on the song and I like that fact that not a lot of people really know the true story of Paul Revere’s ride. They really don’t know what happened to his horse that night,” Martin said to the crowd.
(Song begins at 1:38)
It’s safe to say that Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers have created the finest song ever written from the point of view of Paul Revere’s horse…