Julie Miller, Vanity Fair : Martin Mull
Steve Martin on Painter-Comedian Martin Mull’s Inspiration for His New LP, Love Has Come for You
By Julie Miller
April 10, 2013
On April 23, Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell will release their first LP together, Love Has Come for You. The 13 tracks feature Martin on banjo, Brickell’s vocals, and jacket art—a black-and-white painting—that has personal significance to the musician, comedian, and art collector.
In a new video, shot on a set designed like the painting, Steve Martin discusses his relationship with the artist, Martin Mull—also a prolific actor, singer, and comedian, who many might recognize as Roseanne Conner’s boss, Leon, on Roseanne Barr’s eponymous series—while strumming a bluegrass number with Brickell. “Martin Mull is one of my oldest friends. . . . You might know him as an actor,” he explains. “But when I first met him, in the late 60s or early 70s, I also knew him as an accomplished painter. I had been collecting his portraits throughout my life. I own the painting that is on the cover of this album. I just thought that it was just offbeat enough; it just felt right. . . . Nobody said, including the record company, said, ‘Well, let’s look at some other ideas.’ . . . And that’s really rare.”
Love Has Come for You is being released through Rounder Records. This marks Martin’s first album since his 2011 bluegrass record, Rare Bird Alert, which featured the Steep Canyon Rangers and guest appearances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks.