Best Banjo Album of 2009 by Steve Martin (yes that Steve Martin)
First off this may not be the best Banjo album of 2009, but since it is the only one anyone has heard of I will just go ahead and say it is. And yes it is by the comedian Steve Martin.
You can download a free mp3 from The Crow New Songs for the 5-String Banjo at Amazon.com. The free song is the albums first track "Daddy Played The Banjo." Don't expect it to be funny but it is great. (On a side note Amazon.com's digital music service is not great and if you don't use it already it might be a pain).
Some of you might know that Steve Martin has always had a thing for the Banjo, it made it in to some of his earliest comedy routines, like this one with The Muppets. But it also has had a serious side to it as well, like shown by this video with Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka:
Here are some more great videos of old Steve Martin bits with Banjos: