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Stephen Rethmeier


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Post Posted 22 Sep 2017 7:16 am     Reply with quote

I've only been playing for a short time, so steel guitar shows haven't been on my radar. However, I just saw the announcement about the Phoenix show in January and was wondering what these are like?

I've been to the Anaheim NAMM show a couple times, and really felt like I'd seen (and heard) everything I wanted to see in one long day. After that, the best part was the music at night around the area. I suspect a steel show would be different, but can I get some feedback on what they are like, what happens there, and how many people usually attend?

For those of you who have gone or are planning to go, do you typically plan to attend all 3 days? I understand there is live pedal steel being played, but for what? Instructional demos or entertainment? Are there workshops and sessions, or is it just one large display/vendor area with a cacophony of noise--like NAMM only with mostly pedal steel sounds? Does it carry on into the evening or shut down at 5 like NAMM?

I'm leaning toward going in January, but just want to get a feel for what to expect and how many days to plan for. Thanks.
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Richard Sinkler


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Post Posted 22 Sep 2017 8:09 am     Reply with quote

Definitely go. I have never been to one either, but know a little of what goes on.

There are concerts by many of the area and nations best players. Those usually aren't instructional but just for entertainment.

There is usually at least one seminar by a top player/instructor. These usually cost extra.

You will see many vendors display their products and possibly let you try their products.

The shows normally draw hundreds of people, depending on the show. You will have the opportunity to meet several other players.

Just the feeling of commaradery at any steel guitar event is worth attending.

I would definitely go all 3 days. There is a chance that I will be moving to Texas in the near future. That will make it easy for me to attend the Dallas show.
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Rick Schmidt


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Post Posted 22 Sep 2017 8:41 am     Reply with quote

Stephen (and Richard).... you should definitely go! It's an incredible show and just a great opportunity to meet and hear a ton of great players and newbies alike! Check out the SWSGA site: http://www.swsteelguitar.com/events.htm It's a pretty good idea to book a room early!

Also Stephen, there's an open jam in Vista CA (North San Diego Country) on Saturday, 9/30 and Sunday 10/1. This jam will be at the Vista Elks lodge #1968, located at 1947 Vista Way in Vista, California. Trust me, you should go to this too! You'll be welcome whether you play or not. They usually start pretty early... like 9AM-ish
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Ray Harrison


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Post Posted 22 Sep 2017 9:49 am     Reply with quote

Stephen, if you can come, by all means make it. We start at 9:00AM Thurs, Fri and Sat and Finish at midnight. You have seen the list of players and we will be having seminars, 3 I believe which are available.. We will list them as soon as the finals are made. It has turned into a family reunion type get together for me. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones. We swill have vendors such as Telonics, Mullen and others to show their new equipment which will be available for trials..
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Bill Moran


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Post Posted 22 Sep 2017 10:54 am     Reply with quote

Steel shows are pure entertainment . Sure you can look at new guitars and even try some of them out. You won't find guys demoing pedals that make a steel sound like a jet plane . Just great music by great players. You will leave there either enthused or depressed . By all means go.
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Richard Sinkler


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Post Posted 22 Sep 2017 3:12 pm     Reply with quote

Bill Moran wrote:
Steel shows are pure entertainment . Sure you can look at new guitars and even try some of them out. You won't find guys demoing pedals that make a steel sound like a jet plane . Just great music by great players. You will leave there either enthused or depressed . By all means go.


Dang Bill. I was planning on bringing the jet plane emulator I developed.
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Bill Moran


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Post Posted 22 Sep 2017 4:47 pm     Reply with quote

Dang Bill. I was planning on bringing the jet plane emulator I developed.[/quote]

You don't need to Richard. I bought one from you. Don't you remember ?
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 22 Sep 2017 5:49 pm     Reply with quote

Plus you can buy strings, accessories, seats, CDs, instructional material, etc. It is definitely NOT like the cacaphony of a NAMM show on one big open floor. Do it.
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Steve Spitz


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Post Posted 23 Sep 2017 4:57 am     Reply with quote

Do it!! You will be glad you did. We look forward to hearing about your experience.
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Paul King


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Gainesville, Texas, USA
Post Posted 23 Sep 2017 5:15 am     Reply with quote

If you have an opportunity to attend a steel show you must go. Anything for a steel guitar will most likely be there. You will love the music and hear some great playing. The fellowship with other players and making friends is a great bonus. Most likely you will leave wanting to attend another one.
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Clark Doughty


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Missouri
Post Posted 23 Sep 2017 6:37 am     Steel shows Reply with quote

GO.......I've been to several and always learned something at each show..... Very Happy Very Happy
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Jim Palenscar


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Post Posted 23 Sep 2017 6:45 am     Reply with quote

Absolutely
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Paul Wade


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Post Posted 23 Sep 2017 7:43 am     shows Reply with quote

yes yes yes. go to Dallas show in march you see the best of the best. i haven't been to a show since 2010
but i am going to Dallas show and the Wisconsin show this year. you wont be disappointed

p.w
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Stephen Rethmeier


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Post Posted 23 Sep 2017 10:42 am     Reply with quote

Welp, you've talked me into it. I'll try to Phoenix one in January and see how it goes. Thanks for all the input.
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Cartwright Thompson


Post Posted 23 Sep 2017 12:41 pm     Reply with quote

Don't do it. I've been to a bunch of them. They're awful, just a bunch of old guys playing "Steel Guitar Rag" and "A Way to Survive" ad infinitum, you'll hate it.
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 23 Sep 2017 12:51 pm     Reply with quote

Cartwright Thompson wrote:
They're awful, just a bunch of old guys playing "Steel Guitar Rag" and "A Way to Survive" ad infinitum...

You say that like it's a bad thing... Wink
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Paul King


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Post Posted 23 Sep 2017 1:40 pm     Reply with quote

I think Cartwright has a sense of humor. Not everyone is old nor do the all play Steel Guitar Rag. You will hear Way To Survive more than likely. Fellowship is awesome
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Skip Edwards


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Post Posted 23 Sep 2017 3:11 pm     Reply with quote

Phoenix seems to be the place where you're likely to not hear SGR or A Way To Survive.
Some really good diversity in the material that gets played. Just ask anyone who's been there a few times.
Looking forward to it again in January.
see ya there...
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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 23 Sep 2017 5:00 pm     Reply with quote

January may be the only time you'll catch Phoenix natives donning their snowmobile suits as the visitors amble around in tee-shirts and flip-flops.
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Stephen Rethmeier


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Yorba Linda, California, USA
Post Posted 24 Sep 2017 7:06 am     Reply with quote

Rick Schmidt wrote:
Also Stephen, there's an open jam in Vista CA (North San Diego Country) on Saturday, 9/30 and Sunday 10/1. This jam will be at the Vista Elks lodge #1968, located at 1947 Vista Way in Vista, California. Trust me, you should go to this too! You'll be welcome whether you play or not. They usually start pretty early... like 9AM-ish


Rick--meant to thank you for this. I might be able to go down to this on the 1st.

Everyone else--I booked a room in Phoenix for the show. I think I'm looking forward to it. Very Happy
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Barry Blackwood


Post Posted 25 Sep 2017 12:15 pm     Reply with quote

Good. You would have regretted it later... Cool
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David Cubbedge


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Toledo,Ohio, USA
Post Posted 26 Sep 2017 8:21 am     Reply with quote

Between 2000 and 2007 the late Jess Hurt would do a PSG show here in Toledo. He'd invite a bunch of great players to come up and for $10 I'd get a chance to see some truly great pickers - DeWitt Scott, Herby Wallace, Mike Sigler, Bobbe Seymour, Joe Wright and many others. Often they'd bring a table of tab, CDs and stuff including new PSG's to gawk at or purchase. The shows were excellent fun and I miss them tremendously these days... Go, you will not regret it!
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Rich Upright


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Post Posted 26 Sep 2017 6:09 pm     Reply with quote

I've been to a few, & the only problem with shows is that after a couple days, you are totally STEELED OUT! I mean you don't wanna hear another note! Steel is like frosting on a cake; too much & it loses something. I think it was Buddy who said "Always leave them wanting more". Doesn't happen at a steel show.

There used to be a good one in Florida; Heywood Henson I think, but there ain't been one here in a few years.
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Jeffery Self


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Post Posted 26 Sep 2017 9:26 pm     Reply with quote

Rich Upright wrote:
I've been to a few, & the only problem with shows is that after a couple days, you are totally STEELED OUT! I mean you don't wanna hear another note! Steel is like frosting on a cake; too much & it loses something. I think it was Buddy who said "Always leave them wanting more". Doesn't happen at a steel show.

There used to be a good one in Florida; Heywood Henson I think, but there ain't been one here in a few years.


Rich is absolutely right Mr. Green But DEFINITELY go Cool you won't regret it!

Back in the early 90's before Heywood put on his shows, Larry Self put them on around the DeBary, New Smyrna Beach area, and let me tell you, just the opportunity to meet and hear these guy's live was incredible. To be able to shake hands and hear things from the likes of people such as Jimmy Day, Jeff Newman, Hal Rugg, Lynn Owsley, Bobbe Seymour, John Hughey, Doug Jernigan, Herby Wallace, the list is endless and alot of these greats have left us.

What you will gain from your going will surely be worth the while. It should certainly broaden your view of a lot of different STEEL related things, and generally fine groups of people. Sorry for the ramble, Oh Well Yes, GO.


Rich, I think you may have visited that little Music Store in DeBary Question I've never met you but if I'm not mistaken I think you purchased a steel from Larry sometime back then. Idea And besides Rich you gotta like a lot of frosting on your cake
Laughing Laughing Laughing

Like David just noted "The shows were excellent fun and I miss them tremendously these days."

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Rich Upright


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Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 4:37 pm     Reply with quote

"Rich, I think you may have visited that little Music Store in DeBary Question I've never met you but if I'm not mistaken I think you purchased a steel from Larry sometime back then."

You got a great memory, Jeff! Yes; I did indeed buy my LeGrande from Larry at "The Music Store", and I still have it!

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