Steve Martin Talks About the Banjo Craze in 1960s Orange County

Steve Martin Talks About the Banjo Craze in 1960s Orange County

Billboard posted a cool interview with OC native Steve Martin this week. The veteran comedian is touring with the Steep Canyon Rangers in support of their Grammy nominated album, Rare Bird Alert, and the tour starts in Indio at Stagecoach Festival on April 28. The album also features Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks on guest vocals. Check out excerpts of the interview after the jump.

And when did you become interested in that form of music?

When I was 16 or younger there was a folk music craze in Orange County, California where I lived and loved the bands that came around and toured. It came down to records too and I was able to get a five string banjo and start playing. I started playing when I was around 17.


Did you feel like you were growing up in the wrong state? Like maybe you should have been born in Tennessee?

Oh no, I was very happy with where I grew up. I really loved it, the beach, being near Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm. I was able to become a performer there. It was all part of my young, youthful history. I started working at Disneyland when I was 10. I got to dress up and go into this amusement park that was well kept. It was wholesome and then I went to work at Knotts Berry Farm which was also a very wholesome place. I got a job there as an actor and comedian and musician

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