Announcing the 2019 Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show !
Announcing the 2019 Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show !   

The Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show

Double Tree Inn by Hilton

222 Potomac Blvd, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.  

(618) 244-7100

(Exit 95 on Interstate Route 57)

Go to Tickets tab (above) to purchase tickets online. Go to the Lodging tab for info on making room reservations now.  

Our Special Guest Star for 2019 is the incomparable:   Ms Jeannie Seely


       Saturday, April 13th Evening !  

Among many accolades including awards from Billboard, Cashbox, and Record World, country music legend Jeannie Seely has achieved chart-topping songs as a solo artist, as a duet partner, and as a songwriter. Early in her career, Jeannie’s deeply moving vocals earned her the nickname of “Miss Country Soul” – a title that’s still used today. Jeannie’s biggest dream came true when she was inducted as a member of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, becoming the first Pennsylvania native to do so. Jeannie also became the first female to regularly host segments of the weekly Opry shows. She’s credited for wearing the first mini-skirt on the Opry stage, as well as for changing the image of female country performers. On September 16, 2017, Jeannie celebrated her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.           


Back by popular demand to the 2019 Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show -    Tim Atwood !

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 !   


All time show favorite, Leona Williams is back !

Leona's Webpage Click image to visit Leona's Website

Ms Leona Williams

\"Leona Williams is the greatest female singer to have ever stepped up to a microphone."  \ George Jones.

                     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 !

Click image to go to Ron's Webpage

Ron Williams - The REAL DEAL !



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 !

Click image to go to Dennis' Webpage

Fiddlin' Dennis Stroughmat

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 !

Western Swing Crooner - 

Jimmy Burson

Born on a ranch in Briscoe County, Jimmy Burson is at least a 6th generation rancher.  He developed a love for music at an early age after his mother made him take  piano lessons.  While in high school, he found an old album called "Together Again"  with Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan.  From that day on, he was hooked on Western Swing.  After teaching himself guitar and fiddle, and graduating from Texas Tech,  he moved home to the family ranch where he and his wife,  Rhenda,  raised their three daughters. 

    He began playing western swing with local musicians and later formed his own band 'Texas In The Swing'.  His music has taken him on tours of Russia and Austria, in addition to engagements across the United States.  He has performed for 20 years at the Great American Music Festival at Silver Dollar City,  Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium,  National Cowboy Symposium, San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo,  Legends of Western Swing,  West Texas Western Swing Music Festival, along with many others. 

In addition to the cattle business,  Jimmy  served 10 years as the Briscoe County Judge and eight years as County Commissioner. Also, he is the music director at First Baptist Church and has led music at revivals across Texas.  His four western swing albums,  "Texas in the Swing", "Leanin' on the Legends", "Back in the Swing", and “Lone Star Dust”  have been featured on radio stations across the U.S.A.  In 2011,  Jimmy was named the Western Swing Male Vocalist of the year by the Academy of Western Artists. He was named a Hero of Western Music by the Cowtown Society of Western Music in 2012 and named to the Western Swing Hall of Fame by the Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest and also the Northwest Western Swing Music Society.

  He still lives on the family ranch at Silverton, Texas with his wife Rhenda. 

The Jimmy Burson Show

with Miss Emily on Friday Evening, April 12th.

Lone Star Troubadour!

Larry Lange

Larry's musical path began when singing in the choir in college and subsequently playing in different bands while in the military.  In 2000, he began his own band "The Lone Star Troubadours" and has performed at several large Western Swing shows in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri and Steel Guitar Shows in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas. He is a past president of the Western Swwing Music Society of the Southwest and is currently a member of the Northwest Western Swing Hall of Fame, Sacremento Western Swing Society Hall of Fame, Cowtown Western Swing Music Society Heros, the Western Swing Society of the Southwest Hall of Fame and most recently inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2017.  Larry was recently featured on the Penny Gilley Show on the RFD channel in 2018. He says " Life is good and I will continue singing and playing as long as folks enjoy what I do."


The Larry Lange Show

Thursday Afternoon and catch Larry again with

"The Okla-Tex Connection" including

Shane Vandiver of Dallas, Texas on Friday Afternoon.

Master of Ceremonies, Ron Head will be bringing his special brand of humor, vocal talents and professionalism to the stage again this year.  Ron formerly fronted

THE country band of our region, of the 60s and 70s: "Ron Head and the Country Showboys"


SIP Stage Band


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





Featured Players


Professional Players we have contacted to play so far (subject to their changing professional schedules) are:


Doug Jernigan


Buck Reid


Mickey Adams


Tommy Dodd


Mike McGee



Local / Regional Players


Tobin Hess

Roger Crawford

Barry Wheeler

David Bolan

Gary Lloyd

Larry Dolan

Mike Beasley

John Buffington

Darrell Cummings

Janice Zilm

Cord Fitch

Dave Flanagan

Vern Mandrell

Leon Mercer

Gary Sill

Ron Kyne &

"Little Man"

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