Don is definitely an Icon in the steel guitar world! When I first began to play the steel guitar back in the 1940's Don was one of my inspirations. He came up with a new style that complimented Hank Williams and is still playing that same style, and on the same guitar, today.
When he performs at the International Steel Guitar Convention held in St. Louis, Missouri each year the audience is always anxious to hear Don perform. He always gets a standing ovation. I agree that Don is one of our most famous steel guitar players (and at one point in time he was the most imitated steel guitarist in the world) and I will be the first to also agree that both Don and his wife Hazel are two of the most humble and honest people I have ever met. Don Helms-Inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame, Inc. - 1984.
DeWitt "Scotty" Scott - International Steel Guitar Convention St. Louis, MO.
The International Steel Guitar Convention is
held in September each year. Nashville steel guitar players travel there
to perform along with top steel guitar players from all over the U.S.A. The
audience is filled with people from many countries.
Scotty also sponsors the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame. The plaque in that hall of fame for Don Helms has the following wording:
. DON HELMS--------------- INDELIBLE STYLIST AND RECORDING ARTIST WHO BROUGHT THE UPPER OCTAVES INTO PROMINENT USE AND GAVE THE "HANK WILLIAMS" BACKUP IT'S ENDURING RECOGNITION. A "DRIFTING COWBOYS" ROAD MUSICIAN AND STEEL PIONEER FOR FOUR DECADES.
BORN: FEBRUARY 28, 1927 INDUCTED: 1984
NEW BROCKTON, ALABAMA