The 2022 Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show will be in Mt Vernon, Illinois on April 21 - 23, 2022. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE! We will keep you up to date as we plan and finalize details of the 2022's going to be a great show!
The 2022 Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show will be in Mt Vernon,Illinois on April 21 - 23, 2022.   PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!We will keep you up to date as we plan and finalize details of the2022's going to be a great show!  


The 2022 Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show will be in Mt Vernon,

Illinois on April 21 - 23, 2022.   PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!

We will keep you up to date as we plan and finalize details of the

2022's going to be our best show ever!



Don't forget to contribute to Shriners Hospitals for Children!




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 Saturday Night Headliner for 2020 is the incomparable                Jim Stafford !

 Jim wrote and recorded his first chart making song, The Swamp Witch in 1974.  He followed with a gold single, Spiders and Snakes, which stayed on the American pop charts for 26 weeks.  The hits just kept coming and included My Girl Bill, Wildwood Weed, and Cow Patti, written for the Clint Eastwood movie, Any Which Way You Can. Jim launched his television career with The Jim Stafford Show on ABC in 1975.  Jim also hosted 56 episodes of Nashville on the Road and made 26 appearances on the Tonight Show.  In 1987 & 1988, Jim was a regular performer and head writer/producer for the Emmy-nominated Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  Jim wrote many of the songs for which he is famous and has brought his inimitable style to several movie soundtracks.  He has released his second classical guitar album Somewhere In Time and recently released another album Don't Tell Mama I'm A Guitar Picker.  Jim’s first love has always been live performance.  This love brought him to Branson, Missouri, where he owns a theater and entertains visitors year long.  


                   The Jim Stafford Show

                 Saturday, April 18, 2020


Our Friday Night Headliner for 2020 is back by popular demand, The sensational                       Teea Goans !

The deep familial connection to the music Teea chooses to perform distinguishes her from young artists who have only scratched traditional country's surface, and testifies that her passion is no mere quick-burning infatuation with country's forebears. "The more you do this, the more comfortable you become, and more sure of the music you want to make. This," says Teea, "is who I am." At a time when country's revered history is as close to being
obscured as it's ever been, Teea's mission is a vital one, comparable to the preservationist role Emmylou Harris took on for a previous generation. The songs Teea has reignited with such warmth on her Memories to Burn CD might just serve to ensure that country's future, no matter how far afield it may wander, will never be rootless.


          The Teea Goans Show

         Friday, April 17th 2020    


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

        Various Shows throughout the Weekend

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

Various Show throughout the Weekend

Click image to go to Dennis' Webpage

Fiddlin' Dennis Stroughmatt

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 !

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 Swing 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



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

Melody Freeman - 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


Corky Owens


Mickey Adams


Mike McGee




Local / Regional Players


Tobin Hess

Roger Crawford

Barry Wheeler

Gary Lloyd

Bobby Hearn

Darrell Cummings

Janice Zilm

Cord Fitch

Dave Flanagan

Vern Mandrell

Gary Sill

Ron Kyne & "Little Man"

Larry Baker

Others to be added

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