16th Annual SWSGA Steel Guitar Show

January 17, 18 & 19, 2019  -  9am to midnight

Featuring -


Hilton Phoenix/Mesa

1011 West Holmes Avenue, Mesa, Arizona 85210-4923

A block of rooms has been reserved for January 15, 2019 - January 21, 2019. Special room rates will be available until December 28th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

You can make reservations online here.

You can also make reservations by phone at 480-833-5555. You must tell them that you are registering for the Southwestern Steel Guitar Association Show to get the show rate.

Our Group Name is: Southwestern Steel Guitar Association
Our Group Code is: SWG


Confirmed players are: Chuck Back, Bobby Black, Bob Blair, Pete Burak, The Cajun Connection, Jonathan Candler, Dee Carestia, Paul Carestia, Frank Carter, Bob Case, Steve Cattermole, Doug Childress, Carco Clave, Jim Cohen, Richard Comeaux, Johnny Cox, Bill Cunningham, Tommy Dodd, Billy Easton, Mark Giles, Paul Haaker, Russ Hicks, Dick Hitchcock, Carl Johnson, Fred Justice, Chuck Lettes, Doug Livingston, Jay Dee Maness, Hal Merrill, Kenny Morris, Tom Mossburg, Del Mullen, Johnny Oakley, Darrell Owens, Steve Palousek, Ron Pruter, Joe Rogers, Rick Schmidt, Lynn Stafford, Herb Steiner, Larry Toliver, Dan Tyack, Jan Wise, Christopher Woitach, Tom Wolverton, David Wright

House Band

Our outstanding house band includes Mark Abbott, Chuck Back, Skip Edwards, Dan Range, and others.

Masters of Ceremony

Billy Easton, Ray Jenkins, Ray Harrison and Darrell Bircher

Non-Pedal Session

There will be a Non-Pedal show Saturday afternoon, hosted by Chuck Lettes & Bob Blair.


Larry Toliver and Steve Palousek - E9 Pedal Steel
Friday, January 18th, 9am to noon
Intermediate to Advanced
Cost: $35
Larry and Steve will be teaching another great seminar. This year's seminar will be on speed picking on the E9 neck. They will also include a ballad to work with. Be sure to sign up at the registration desk early as Larry and Steve's seminars fill up quickly.
Basic 101 Playing
Friday, January 18th, 1pm to ?
Cost: free
If you’ve been playing the steel for awhile or you’re a new player, we want to help you get going. We all know that playing at home is one thing, but playing in a live band setting is a new adventure. We are trying to schedule some players as a back up band to give YOU a chance to play in a band setting. This is going to be a no stress opportunity to play. Want to try out the great information from Larry’s class while it’s all fresh in your mind, here’s your opportunity. It’s kind of like learning to ride a bike! At some point, we have to let go of the seat! Do you have questions about the settings on you amp, what order do you put the effects pedals in, does the volume pedal come first or last? Here’s your chance!
Phil Bradbury- Little Walter Tube Amplifiers
Saturday, January 19th, 9am to noon
Cost: free
Phil Bradbury will be conducting a free clinic on amplifiers. He will be covering;
  • Amplifier Types.
  • Tone Stacks and how they work.
  • Different types of tubes and their Characteristics.
  • The Evolution of the American Instrument Amplifiers.
  • Speaker types and Cabinet Designs.
  • Hear stories about working with some of the top artists in the musical industry.
  • What goes into making and designing a steel guitar amplifier.
  • Informational question & answer session.
Phil will also have his signature Paul Franklin "PF89" Amplifier along with his PF 350 12" and PF 15" speakers.

To register in advance for these seminars, you can send a note and payment to PO Box 1129, Globe, AZ 85502. You can also register at the show.

$5.00 of each student's fee will go to support the SWSGA.

Raffle and Silent Auction items

We are happy to announce that once again, Gretsch Guitars will be donating 2 beautiful guitars?. Telonics will be donating a volume pedal, and Peterson Tuners will be donating a strobe Tuner. There will also be a beautiful hand made Steel Guitar Quilt, along with many other items. These will be auctioned at the show.

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.