So Walter Knott went from nothing to owning a 170 acre safety net. As he took the road west, he tried his luck in Orange County. He started growing Berries on another rented lot in a town called Buena Park and sold them in a stand by the road.
It's not a mandolin, or a capoed banjo. Someone had the idea that it was the inside of a piano, but it doesn't really sound like that. It's hard to picture how you could drag that thing around the back roads of the American south in the 1920s. In the 1960s, in Britain, a musicologist heard these sounds; heard the 18 songs written by a man named Washington Phillips. . .
Nate takes a look at a cold case. [more inside]