Announcing the 2018 Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show April 19 - 21, 2018 Mt. Vernon Hotel and Event Center Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (Same as in the past)
Announcing the 2018 Southern Illinois Steel Guitar ShowApril 19 - 21, 2018Mt. Vernon Hotel and Event Center Mt. Vernon, IL 62864(Same as in the past) 

The 2018 show starts Thursday, April 19 at 10am and continues daily until Saturday, April 22 at 11pm.  The location is the Mt. Vernon Hotel and Event Center  (Soon to be Double Tree Inn)

222 Potomac Blvd, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.  

(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.  

Click image to go to Teea's Webpage

Singing Sensation Teea Goans

Every so often there comes along a young artist who fully understands a genre’s musical lineage and brings it full circle for those who may only have been exposed to it in a watered down form. Teea is uniquely positioned to accomplish that feat for traditional country, revitalizing a style often thought to be a mere relic of earlier days, and lighting a flame of enthusiasm in audiences.

From her first to her fourth and latest album, Swing, Shuffle & Sway, she draws from a neglected well to nourish her love for what some folks call traditional or authentic country. There’s plenty of variety in that genre--Texas two-step grooves, countrypolitan strings, keening steel guitars, songs of praise, and songs of betrayal. In her music you can hear that and much more.  What’s more important is what they share. Tales that touch on real emotion and impart bits of wisdom, based on experiences we’ve all shared. Let’s face it. That’s real country music. And no one sings it like Teea Goans. Not anymore.


Saturday Afternoon and Evening Only!

For the first time at the 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 Afternoon and Evening Only !   


Yes, Leona will be back this year By Popular Demand

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 is coming with a whole new show this year!

You'll think you're hearing Ron for the very first time.


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 !

Please be Patient we're updating the webpages

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:


Junior Knight


Johnny Cox


Tommy Dodd


Mike McGee






Local / Regional Players

 Contact us if you would like to play.

Tobin Hess

John Buffington

Roger Crawford

Barry Wheeler

Gary Lloyd

Larry Dolan

Mike Beasley

Paul Carie

Darrell Cummings

Janice Zilm

Cord Fitch

Dave Flanagan

Vern Mandrell

Bobby Orr

Leon Mercer





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"


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