Steve Martin tells me and the other 17,000 or so of us in the sold out crowd at the historical amphitheater in the Hollywood Hills on July 4th that he is doing something different. He stands with the Steep Canyon Rangers, an award-winning bluegrass band that he's been touring with for several years, and Edie Brickel whom he's recently cut an album with.
"Ladies and gentlemen, it's always been a dream of mine to play the Hollywood Bowl on July 4th," he says to a thunderous response of applause. "And tonight I feel I'm one step closer to that goal!" Well, maybe he's not that different.