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
in support of their Grammy nominated album, Rare Bird
, 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?

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


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

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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