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LOTS OF STEEL GUITAR ACTIVITY HAPPENED IN AUG/SEPT/OCT 2015

Herb Remington

In Texas, on the last Sunday of August, there was a special event honoring the one and only Herb Remington. The former Bob Wills/Texas Playboys steel guitar player and author of Remington Ride, Boothill Drag, and so many others; was playing along with other western swing musicians. Herb at 89 years of age, is still pickin' great, and many joined him for this event.

Herb was kind in sending a picture of him years ago when he was making history on the steel guitar. This was an important time in the development of the steel guitar in popular music. Herb was always a western swing master and a crossover artist on the instrument.

In the photo, Herb was playing a triple neck Fender Steel Guitar. Much time has passed since then, but those days strongly influenced other great steel players who came later.

Today Herb is still playing very well, and also building the steel guitars that he and others play; and if you would like to ask him to build one for you. CLICK

Herb Received the Legends award
from the Nashville TN Steel Guitar Association


Scotty's International Steel Guitar Convention.

Three days on the weekend before Labor Day (August 3, 4 and 5th)

Top steel guitar players from around the world gathered for this once a year event in St Louis Missouri. This year it was again held at the St Louis Airport Marriot. Chubby Howard was inducted into the hall of fame.


More information about the St Louis Show:


http://www.scottysmusic.com/isgc2015.htm


We are sad to announce that Scotty was in the hospital during this 44th year of his show, and he passed away shortly thereafter. He will be missed. The steel guitar world had no better friend than he was.


The Nashville Tennessee Steel Guitar Association (NTSGA) 2 day show, was held on Friday and Saturday September 11 and 12, 2015

Recording musicians and the road musicians met at their home base in Nashville, both doing their own show and often jamming with other great pickers who came in from out of state. This event was a lot of fun for steel guitar enthusiasts and music fans in general.




NTSGA Show in Nashville TN
PICTURES - CLICK HERE!

As always, it was completely informal. You never know who may show up for these superjams.


RUSTY DANMYER _________________________ MIKE "COOKIE" JONES _________________________ EDDIE LANGE

Louisville Steel Guitar Club Show had great music!
Pictures will be coming - check back.

Click HERE for their website.

"STEEL PLAYERS Were: LARRY DENHAM; BILLY ROBINSON; MIKE "COOKIE" JONES; RUSTY DANMYER; EDDIE LANGE; RODNEY CRISP; CHUBBY HOWARD

SINGERS INCLUDE RAY ALAN, AMBER MARTIN, RODNEY CRISP, AND SEVERAL OTHERS.


CHUBBY HOWARD was inducted into the steel guitar hall of fame in St Louis this year

- -- SOME PREVIOUS INDUCTEES INTO THE STEEL GUITAR HALL OF FAME ---


KAYTON ROBERTS

Inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame
Member of the Rainbow Ranch Band honored


SCOTTY ANNOUNCES KAYTONS INDUCTION INTO THE HALL OF FAME AT THE INTERNATIONAL STEEL GUITAR CONVENTION IN ST LOUIS FOR 2012-2013.

Kayton Roberts played steel guitar for Hank Snow many decades. His style is instantly recognizable on hits like ''I'm Movin' On.'' Although he gives credit to others for influencing him, His style is uniquely recognizable. He likes the non-pedal challenge which he is quick to say makes steel players recognizable by their individual styles of playing.


He was joined on stage by his son Louis Roberts, an outstanding singer who has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry nearly 300 times. The emphasis was on the Hank Snow years, and the appreciative audience was treated to a high energy show of familiar Hank Snow hits.


Originally from Florida, Kayton first went to work as Hank Snow's rythem guitar player after moving from Florida to Nashville. When Hank first heard him play his songs on the steel some time later, history was made and Hank had his permanent steel player. The sound is unmistakable!

Kayton with Ray and Amena
(He was kind and took some pictures with us. I had to enclose one!)


TERRY BETHEL

Inducted into the steel guitar hall of fame for his pedal steel technique and his part in the Mel Tillis sound.


Terry Bethel spent many years with the Mel Tillis band, making his own special mark in doing so. He took a couple of years off to do the Los Vegas scene, and returned to the Tillis band for many more years. Terry has a distinctive way of playing, and experiments with style and sound. He seems very fond of deep notes on the pedal steel in some cases, and there was a time years ago when he was experimenting with 4 picks instead of the usual three. He is using three, but keeps his individuality in other ways.

Reversing the interview

He turned the tables on Scotty here during the award. After he was interviewed, he did a little interview with Scotty with his turn on the mic. Terry likes to look out for other people. His hair is for a charitable cause too. He lets it grow for a year, then donates it to an organization which uses it for kids with cancer who have lost their hair due to the cancer treatment. The organization uses donated hair to make little wigs for the children.


After years of Nashville and Las Vegas, Terry is a resident of Missouri now, but still travels to play his music in many places. If you get a chance to see him play, please don't miss it.



Some previous years inductees:

Barbara Mandrel
Ron Elliot
Russ Hicks