Oklahoma City, OK -- American Banjo Museum's newest exhibit, America's Super Picker: Roy Clark, focuses on Oklahoma's own country music and entertainment legend. The exhibit, which features stage costumes and an instrument from Clark's private collection, opens April 7th at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City's historic Bricktown district.
Best remembered and loved as the co-host of the long running television musical comedy program, "Hee Haw", Clark's career took off long before he started "pickin' and grinnin'" with Buck Owens. From headlining Las Vegas shows, to sitcoms and movies to guest host of the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, Clark's career has covered decades. Clark has also spanned the globe, from television appearances in Canada and England, to being the first country artist to appear in concert in the Soviet Union.
Clark's lifetime of milestones are long, with multiple Entertainer of the Year awards from both the Country Music Association to the Academy of Country Music. In 2009, Clark was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His mastery of multiple instruments includes guitar, fiddle, harmonica and the mandolin. But, to a generation brought up in the 1970s and 80s, he's best known for his skills as a banjo player.
"Roy Clark's skills as a musician and entertainer go far past his fame as the host of "Hee Haw," said Johnny Baier, executive director, American Banjo Museum. "He's an accomplished multi-instrumentalist as well as an award-winning comedic actor. From "The Beverly Hillbillies" to "The Drew Carey Show", Roy Clark has worked with and influenced some of the biggest names in entertainment."
In addition to memorabilia and rare photos, America's Super Picker: Roy Clark, features an exclusive interview where Clark discusses his career and music. "This exhibit covers the career to date of one of the biggest names in music and one of the most recognizable banjo players around. It will bring back fond memories for every generation of fan," said Baier.
At the American Banjo Museum, the artistry that goes into crafting highly ornate instruments and the skill and talent that goes into playing them is on full display. The American Banjo Museum brings history and art together in a song hundreds of years in the making.
For more information on upcoming events, or to become a member of the American Banjo Museum, visit www.AmericanBanjoMmuseum.com or call at (405) 604-2793.