Before his successful comedy career on various TV shows, including the new Fox sitcom “Dads,” Martin Mull was a successful recording artist, opening for the likes of Frank Zappa and Bruce Springsteen. He’s also a painter whose work appears on the cover of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s new album. He shared with us what he listens to when he’s at the easel.

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“I listen to a lot of bluegrass and country music when I’m in my studio. Classical music, jazz. I don’t want anything with lyrics, because they can be pretty distracting. I’m a guitar player, and I like to hear things that are acoustic. I get together every now and then with Steve Martin and just do some picking, but I’ve got no desire to go back on the road. You couldn’t pay me enough.”