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