|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
David Akeman, 17 June 1914, Annville, Jackson County, Kentucky, USA, d. 10 November 1973. Akeman was raised on a farm and received his first banjo by trading a pair of his prized bantams. Between 1935 and 1939 he worked with several bands including that of local celebrity Asa Martin, who, because of his gangling appearance, first gave him the nickname of String Beans. Akemans baseball pitching attracted the attention of Bill Monroe, who signed him for his private team, not knowing that he was also a banjo player. During his time with Monroe, Akeman also worked with Willie Egbert Westbrooks as String Beans And Cousin Wilbur. In 1945 he left Monroe, being replaced by Earl Scruggs and for three years worked with Lew Childre, the two becoming a popular Grand Ole Opry act. Akemen, now known as Stringbean, also adopted a strange stage attire, probably based on an outfit worn by old-time comedian Slim Miller, which gave the effect of a tall man with very short legs....