Mark Seliger
Lightning in a bottle. It happened when Robert Plant and Alison Krauss combined their talents on 2007’s Raising Sand, and this month, another multitalented pair — Steve Martin and Edie Brickell — follows suit with the album Love Has Come for You (Rounder, $16).  
American Way chatted with the pair about the joint effort, which features 13 original compositions based on traditional bluegrass that perfectly blend Brickell’s voice and Martin’s five-string-banjo accompaniment.

ON HOW IT CAME TO BE: 
Edie Brickell: We were at a party, and I had heard Steve’s record awhile back and always wanted to tell him how much I loved it, so I did. He said he had tunes without any words, and I said, “I would love to write a song with you.” I didn’t really think anything was going to come of it. But Steve actually came over with the song, and “Suns Gonna Shine” came out of it.  

ON THE SONGS AND PICKING FAVORITES:
EB: Oh my gosh, I really can’t pick — there are too many. I love the joy in “Who You Gonna Take?” And then the moodiness of “Fighter.” And the gorgeous melodic phrases in “King of Boys.”
Steve Martin: I feel the same way as Edie, but I often go back to “Who You Gonna Take?” It’s just so full of joy and abandon.

ON THE REACTION:
SM: My agent said to me — cautiously — a couple of months ago, “Steve, I don’t know how to say this to you, but this is the best thing you’ve ever done.” [Laughs]