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While you are reading, please enjoy Original Songs written by Sonny Bennett, Sherri Williams, Bobby Reed, Jim Edison and others. Available for recording through the writers.
 

Head Down to my Heart - Singer Sherri Williams
Bottle to the Glass - Singer Ray Alan
King or Rock n Roll - writer Sonny Bennett
Anniversary - Writer and Artist Bobby Reed
Baby Blue - Singer Sherri Williams
Devils on the Bandstand - Writer Sonny Bennett
All Your money can Buy - Singer Sherri Williams
Mean Momma - Writer Sonny Bennett
Woman Child - Writer Sonny Bennett

BARBRA MANDREL INDUCTED INTO THE STEEL GUITAR HALL OF FAME AT THE 2009 INTERNATIONAL STEEL GUITAR CONVENTION.

RON ELLIOTT INDUCTED INTO THE STEEL GUITAR HALL OF FAME FOR HIS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AND MUSICIANSHIP


OLD FRIENDS
MIKE “COOKIE” JONES AND BARBARA MANDREL


RON ELLIOTT
WITH HIS WIFE LESLIE BY HIS SIDE
(AS SHE ALWAYS IS)

The International Steel Guitar Convention in St Louis always has a few extra surprises. Last year Dolly Parton appeared, un-advertised, and treated everyone to a couple of her songs. This year Barbara Mandrel was there and was inducted into the hall of fame for steel guitar. 

She seemed positive and somewhat emotional as she greeted old friends on stage. Barbara told the audience that, without steel guitar, she would not have had a career. It was her playing the steel guitar that resulted in her first shows and the chance later to sing. The hit records, the network TV show, and all the other accomplishments would not have taken place had it not been for the steel guitar opening the way. Barbara was re-united on the stage with old friends such as Ric Boyer and Mike “Cookie” Jones who played steel guitar on her roadshows and TV broadcasts for nearly three decades. Although the nominations were secret, one could see a Barbara Mandrel connection in the set played just before her appearance. Featured on that set were Norman Hamlet who was Merle Haggard's steel Player, and Mike Jones playing together. Norman Hamlet had been Barbara's teacher on the steel guitar.

-Ray


SESAC sponsors Don Derby Showcase.

 

  ASCAP and BMI have long been the leading organizations collecting the money from radio and TV stations for payment to the songwriters and their publishers. The third organization, SESAC, has always been a well respected, but somewhat smaller concern. Now SESAC seems to be taking the lead in promoting new talent, i.e. SESAC songwriters.

Don Derby is an outstanding performer, singer/songwriter who recently did a CD featuring all SESAC songs, all of which he also wrote.  The showcase took place at the sound stage in Nashville, and the songs from this CD were performed to an enthusiastic live audience comprised of people from the music business and a number of people from other walks of life. The age range was from young to old, and all appreciated this outstanding performance. Videos were recorded at this performance, so be on the look-out for them.

The future of country music is in good hands with young performers like Don Derby. He is breaking new ground, and holding to traditions too. His stage presence is excellent, but he is quite un-assuming in personal conversations. He is busy on the road these days, heading for Las Vegas right after this showcase. If he comes through your area, be sure to go out and see the show.

   

Ron Elliott is known for beautiful melodies. That is his style. He spent years playing the pedal steel guitar with Jack Green and other top country music entertainers, and now is booked on many steel guitar shows across the country. Ron plays at the International Convention each year and is highly popular. His playing and his conversation with the audience keeps the crowd coming to his part of the show.

Leslie Elliot, on the right of the picture, is always with him, helping in many ways. She takes care of Ron's CD sales at the shows and still finds time to head the fan club for well know Nashville entertainers. Ron and Leslie also founded and organize ROPE (Reunion of Professional Entertainers) based in Nashville. As if that were not already three full time jobs, they are very active with the Nashville Tennessee Steel Guitar Association, attending all of the meetings and all the shows. Ron's appearance on the annual 2 day show has become a tradition.

The CD's link at the top left side of this page has a link to Ron's latest CD recorded with the legendary Don Helms shortly before Don passed away. 


BUD CARTER
RECEIVED THE THIRD AWARD AND INDUCTION INTO THE HALL OF FAME

Bud Carter is known for his innovations in building steel guitars.  Dewitt “Scotty” Scott, who puts on the convention each year and presents the award, mentioned how the Bud Carter method of pulling the strings with the pedals has become standard across the industry.