Rare Photos That Rewrite the History Books
CULTURE | May 23, 2023
A young Steve Martin and his banjo.
At the tender age of 17, Steve Martin was already a master banjo player. He had been playing since he was 5 years old and had developed an impressive repertoire by his teenage years. His unique style combined traditional bluegrass with elements of jazz, folk, and classical music to create something entirely new. As a young man, Steve performed at local clubs in Southern California and quickly gained a reputation as a talented musician. With his signature wild hair and infectious smile, Steve would take the stage with his beloved banjo and captivate audiences all night long. Even then it was clear that this young man was destined for greatness!