The Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show
Double Tree Inn by Hilton
222 Potomac Blvd, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
(Exit 95 on Interstate Route 57)
With nominations for R.O.P.E Entertainer of the Year and A.W.A Male Vocalist of the Year, Tim Atwood has made a name for himself. For over three decades, Tim performed in the spotlight's fringe backing country music's elite as staff piano man on the most venerable stage in country music history--the Grand Ole Opry. Over the course of his career, Tim has played the Opry stage more than 8,500 times. Today Tim performs center stage where he belonged all along!
The Tim Atwood Show
Friday, April 12th Evening ! http://www.timatwood.com
Ms Leona Williams !
Leona Williams was destined to become a Country Music Entertainer. She landed her first radio show at the age of 15, simply called "Leona Sings" in Jefferson City, Missouri. That journey would
take her all over the world and allow her to sing before thousands and thousands of Country Music fans. Leona moved to Nashville in the late 1960s from a small town in Missouri called Vienna,
and was soon recording for Hickory Records with such hits as “Once More” and “Yes Ma'am, He Found Me In A Honky Tonk”. Since then, Leona has traveled worldwide and opened shows for some of country
music's top entertainers and made numerous personal appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Leona later teamed up with Merle Haggard for a top ten duet called “The Bull and the Beaver” and a duet album followed called HEART TO HEART. During this time, she would write some of Merle’s biggest hits including “You Take Me For Granted” and “Someday When Things Are Good.” You can hear her harmony vocals on some of Merle's hits such as “The Way I Am” “The Roots Of My Raising” and “Big City.”
The Leona Williams Show
Saturday Evening !
Ron Williams was born into an amazing family steeped in music
tradition. The son of Internationally known singer/songwriter Leona Williams, Ron has been surrounded by legends of the Country Music industry since childhood. Ron credits his distinct Traditional
Country sound and love of real Country Music to those experiences.
At age 17, Ron began polishing his own unique style of music, and credits many country icons as influences, including Marty Robbins, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Larry Gatlin, John Conlee, Lefty Frizzell and others.
Performing and traveling all over the U.S. and Europe, Ron continues to build a huge fan base and has gathered critical acclaim from many of Music Row's top executives.
The Ron Williams Show
Friday Evening !
Growing up in southeastern Illinois, Dennis' first memories of listening to music were the sounds of Bob Wills, Guy Lombardo, and Ray Price. Night and day his dad would play all kinds of music on his stereo system, but more than anything the sound of Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys booming through the speakers made him want to sing and dance around the room. Some say he was born to this music and others joke that Ray Price was his vocal coach. That’s a huge compliment but in many ways Dennis did learn to sing and understand music via Ray Price and The Cherokee Cowboys. Years passed, he picked up the fiddle, began playing French music and became a nationally known musician. But the desire to play the music of “The Cowboys” and especially in the style of greats like Tommy Jackson and Buddy Spicher never left him.
Dennis will be fiddlin' all weekend with the SIP Stage Band
The Dennis Stroughmatt Show !
Saturday Afternoon !
The Best in the Midwest!
Ric Boyer - Bass
Don Lampley - Bass
Jerry Mayo - Bass
Joe Arview - Guitar
Terry Smith - Guitar
Chrissy Sparks - Keyboard
Peggie Bode - Keyboard
Jeff Stoffel - Drums
Mark Fitch - Drums
Dennis Stroughmatt - Fiddle
Bo Chalupek - Fiddle
Professional Players we have contacted to play so far (subject to their changing professional schedules) are: