17th Annual SWSGA Steel Guitar Show

January 9, 10 & 11, 2020  -  9am to midnight

Featuring -


Hilton Phoenix/Mesa

1011 West Holmes Avenue, Mesa, Arizona 85210-4923

A block of rooms has been reserved for January 8, 2020 - January 12, 2020. Special room rates will be available until December 18th 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


(subject to change) Chuck Back, Bill Bassett, Bob "Boo" Bernstein, Bobby Black, Bob Blair, Pete Burak, Jody Cameron, Jonathan Candler, Dee and Paul Carestia, Frank Carter, Bob Case, Carco Clave, Richard Comeaux, Barb Crowell, Bill Cunningham, Milo Deering, Sharon Denny, Billy Easton, Jerry Fessenden, Peter Freiberger, Mark Giles, Paul Haaker, Olli Haavisto, Norm Hamlet with Mario Carboni, Bruce Heffner, Russ Hicks, The Pat James Band, Carl Johnson, Fred Justice, Chris Kennison, Chuck Lettes, Doug Livingston, Jay Dee Maness, Margie Mays, Wally Moyers, Johnny Oakley, Darrell Owens, Steve Palousek, Joe Rogers, Kevin Ryan, Rick Schmidt, Stu Schulman, Gary Sill, Rose Sinclair, Mitchell Smithey, Lynn Stafford, Herb Steiner, Larry Toliver, Uncle Tony, Dan Tyack, Jan Wise, Christopher Woitach, and David Wright

House Band

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

Masters of Ceremony

Billy Easton, Bill Bassett, 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
Friday, January 10, 9am to noon
Cost: $35
Larry will teach Gene Watson's Memories to Burn with melody and jam as well. Steve will teach his Steel Dreamin' which he recorded several years ago. Both songs are advanced, but YOU can learn them both. Larry and Steve will have tab booklets, CD's, and backing tracks for the class and of course, hands-on instruction... you can ask any questions, or say "show me that again". Follow video links for a taste of what you'll be learning at the class.
Jody Cameron - Simple Music Theory for the steel player
Friday, January 10, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Cost: $35
This seminar is going to focus on music theory made simple. De-mystifying music theory for the pedal steel guitarist. Jody will also do a lick-sharing segment on some good, useful licks for practical applications. This seminar should be beneficial to players of all levels. Question and answer session as well.
Jay Leach - Beginning Pedal Steel
Saturday, January 11, 9am to noon
Cost: $35
This is a great course for anyone who has always wanted to learn the Pedal Steel and is ready to jump in or guitar players that want to take their basic knowledge of the instrument and see how it applys to the Steel. In this class Jay will cover the picks and bar, correct picking technique, the 3 floor pedals, 3 knee levers and the volume pedal plus a few easy playing things to get you started.. Syllabus for this course will be Jay’s book published through Mel Bay entitled "First Lessons Pedal Steel" available on Amazon or at the show.
Jay Leach - Practical Chord Substitution for the E9th Tuning
Saturday, January 11, 1pm to 3pm
Cost: $35
This is a course for a broad level of players from advanced beginner to working pro and is designed to add new color and texture to basic country, pop, jazz, and blues music. This class will help you to break free of traditional moves and habits that you may have done for a long time and introduce you to some basic, easy to execute, moves that not only sound great but bring a sonic freshness to music that only the Pedal Steel can offer.

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.

Ticket prices

Advance Purchase (must purchase by Jan 7):
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.