So Familiar, the second collection of banjo-fueled folk music from Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, hits the racks today, arriving two and a half years after the pair’s Grammy-winning debut, Love Has Come for You. Celebrations for the new release began a little early, though, with Brickell and Martin hitting The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon yesterday evening to perform the album’s first single, “Won’t Go Back.”
They had more than a few reasons to celebrate. Several songs from So Familiar will hit Broadway early next year, when “Bright Star” — a musical featuring Brickell and Martin’s music — makes the jump from regional playhouses to the Great White Way. “It’s tremendously exciting!” Martin recently told Rolling Stone Country, adding, “We don’t know if it’s a hit or not, but we know we’re on Broadway.”
With Martin on banjo and Brickell on lead vocals, the duo brought similar excitement to their Fallon performance, where they bounced between the song’s half-time verses and harmonized chorus with help from a six-piece band of percussionists and pickers.