11th Annual SWSGA Steel Guitar Show

January 16, 17, & 18, 2014  -  9am to midnight

Featuring -

Sheraton Crescent Hotel

2620 W. Dunlap Ave, Phoenix  -  on the NE corner of I-17 & Dunlap Ave
Reservations: 602-943-8200 or 800-423-4126.

We have negotiated a special room rate with the hotel - $109 + tax. After January 8th, the rate jumps to $230 + tax per night. You must tell them that you are registering for the Southwestern Steel Guitar Association Annual Show to get the $109 rate. Remember to make your room reservations BEFORE January 8th, 2014.


Chuck Back, Wes Bakken, Paul Bartha, Denny Beaver, Bob "Boo" Bernstein, Terry Bethel, Bobby Black, Bob Blair, Rich Brennion, The Cajun Connection (Joe Rogers, Murnel Babineaux, Richard Comeaux), Jonathan Candler, Frank Carter, Bob Case, Doug Childress, Carco Clave, Bill Cunningham, Warren Davis, Neil Degraw, Tommy Dodd, Billy Easton, Skip Edwards, Peter Freiberger, Buffalo Rick Galeener, Bob Glidden, Pete Grant, Norm Hamlet, Russ Hicks, Henry Johns, Carl Johnson, Fred Justice, Chris Kennison, Jay Leach, Chuck Lettes, Doug Livingston, JayDee Maness, Maynard Mast, Margie Mays, Kenny Morris, Wally Moyers, Del Mullen, Jerry Newberry, Johnny Oakley, Steve Palousek, Kianna Russo, Kevin Ryan, Rick Schmidt, Dan Showalter, Mike Sigler, Rose Sinclair, Jack Smith, Herb Steiner, Austin Stewart, Albert Talley, Dale Thomas, Larry Toliver, Dan Tyack, Jan Wise, and David Wright

Special appearances

Thursday night: Marty Haggard
Friday night: Johnny Bush
Saturday afternoon: The Cajun Connection
Saturday night: JayDee Maness and the California Band

House Band

Our outstanding house band includes Chuck Back, Paul Polish, Dan Range, Roy Rosetta, Denny Sarver, and others.

Non-Pedal Session

This portion of the show will be held Saturday from Noon to 6pm in the Crestview room, which is across the driveway from the convention entrance.

Back up Musicians:
Harry Orlove, Carco Clave, Denny Sarver, Rick Schmidt, and others to be announced

Show Schedule

Schedules are subject to change without notice.


Beginners E-9th Seminar
Thursday 9am to Noon - Crestview
Instructor: Denny Beaver
To reserve: 602-686-1273, depebeav@q.com
Denny Beaver will once again conduct a "Beginners E9" seminar Thursday, Jan 16, from 9AM to Noon. Bring your guitars and headphone apparatus. Your $35 entry fee will include a class booklet that you can take home. We will cover the basics from a touch of music theory and how it applies to your E9 PSG, to beginner fingering and basic pivoting techniques. Guest instructors will amaze you! Reserve a spot by contacting Denny Beaver: depebeav@q.com, 602.686.1273.
E9 Intermediate-Advanced Seminar
Friday, 9am to 1pm - Crestview
Instructor: Kevin Ryan
To reserve: 602-686-1273, depebeav@q.com
Students will receive a copy of Kevin's 101 Hot & Sassy Steel Licks, Part 1, included with the $40 class fee. Reserve your spot through Denny Beaver (info above).
C6 Seminar
Saturday, 9am to Noon - Phoenix A
Instructor: Larry Toliver
To reserve: 602-686-1273, depebeav@q.com
If you're a C6 player you will NOT want to miss this class. You will receive some great instructional material for your class fee of $30. Reserve your spot now by contacting Denny Beaver (info above).
Chuck Lettes Lap Steel Seminar
Saturday, 9:30am to 11:30am - Crestview
Instructor: Chuck Lettes
To reserve: 720-545-4803, clettes@comcast.net
I am pleased to present another Lap Steel Seminar at this year's SWSGA's show in Phoenix, on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 9:30-11:30 AM. I will discuss some ways to work up arrangements of popular tunes, similar to my columns for the Pedal Steel Guitar Association's (PSGA) Newsletter. In addition, I will illustrate some techniques that I have developed to help make practice time more productive. The cost for the Lap Steel Seminar is $40, with $5 going back to the SWSGA. I will provide booklets with tab and CDs with the material that we discuss. Bring your steel if you wish, and some headphones. Please contact me ahead of time so that I will have enough booklets and CDs for all participants.
- Chuck Lettes

Raffle and Silent Auction items

Gretsch has done it again! They've donated TWO lap steels (with gig bags), TWO resonator guitars (with gig bags), TWO practice amps, and, several tee-shirts and bar stools. Thank you Gretsch!

Steelseats has donated a black Line-X Lite Model with backrest. Thank you Joe Naylor!

Meriul Easton and Peggy Porter are fabricating a gorgeous steel guitar theme quilt this year. Thank you both for your tireless work that you've put into this keepsake quilt!

Justice Steel Guitars has donated all their time and effort to build a magnificent black S-10 3X4 (with arm pad). Thanks Fred!

Plus, a Peterson Strobe Tuner. Thanks, Peterson Tuners!

Ticket prices

Advance Purchase (must purchase by Jan 10):
Member - $60 for all 3 days
Non-member - $65.00 for all 3 days
At the door
$25.00 per day, $75.00 for all 3 days

Mail advance ticket payment to:
SWSGA, PO Box 1129
Globe, AZ   85502

Video Policy

There will not be any video recording of the show allowed. This will be announced, posted and strictly enforced.