OKLAHOMA CITY (August 18, 2023)

On Saturday, September 9, the American Banjo Museum welcomes acclaimed author Taylor Hagood for a special Saturday Showcase about the life, death and music of David “Stringbean” Akeman. “Stringbean,” American singer-songwriter, musician and comedian, has been credited with reviving banjo interest in both bluegrass and country music. Known for his role on HEE HAW and regular appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, it was Akeman’s tragic murder that shook the country music scene in 1973.

In his book, STRINGBEAN: THE LIFE AND MURDER OF A COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND, Taylor Hagood merges the story of Stringbean’s life with an account of murder and courtroom drama. Mentored by Uncle Dave Macon and Bill Monroe, Stringbean was a bridge to country’s early days. His instrumental savvy and old-time singing style drew upon a deep love for traditional country music that, along with his humor and humanity, won him the reverence of younger artists and made his violent death all the more shocking. Hagood delves into the unexpected questions and uneasy resolutions raised by the atmosphere of retribution surrounding the murder trial and recounts the redemption story that followed decades later.

Taylor Hagood speaks at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 9, and will sign copies of his book following the presentation. This event is free with museum admission as well as for museum members.

For more information on upcoming events like October’s BANJO FEST, or how to become a member of the American Banjo Museum, visit americanbanjomuseum.com or call 405-604-2793.