Visitors to OKC have the opportunity to explore the life and career of entertainer Roy Clark. Taking the best from an impoverished childhood and developing innate talent into international superstardom, the life and career of the man known as America’s Super Picker, Roy Clark is celebrated in a new exhibit at the American Banjo Museum.
Born with music in his heart at Meherrin, Virginia in 1933, Roy is best remembered and loved as the co-host of the long running television musical comedy program, Hee Haw. But before and since his nearly 400 episodes of “pickin’ and grinning’” with Buck Owens, Clark’s life and career has taken many interesting twists and turns. His recent honor of being named Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador for Children by the Oklahoma House of Representatives is reflective of Clark’s lifetime of milestones and accomplishments.
Through his own words, artifacts of his career – including his very first guitar, and rate photographs from his personal collection, Roy Clark shares what can only be descripted as an amazing life and career. The exhibit chronicles the entire spectrum of Clark’s musical life – from his earliest musical exploits (including practicing the guitar until his fingers bled!) to performing with Brad Paisley on the nationally televised Country Music Association awards program in 2016.
In addition to this exciting new exhibit, museum visitors will experience the colorful story of the evolution of America’s Instrument, the banjo. From its introduction on American soil by African slaves to its current voice in Bluegrass, folk and world music, the vibrant spirit and limitless potential of the banjo provides the heartbeat for the American Banjo Museum, acclaimed as a crown jewel in the arts and cultural fabric of Oklahoma City.
The American Banjo Museum is located at 9 East Sheridan Avenue in the historic Bricktown District. The museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday 11-6 and Sunday noon-5 (closed Christmas Eve & Day). For more information call 405-604-2793 or visit www.americanbanjomuseum.com.
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