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2017 June Jam
OzSGA Branson
2017 June Jam Review

In spite of the rainy morning the weather cleared for a marvelous Father's Day! We had a crowd of about 24 plus the players-8
and the band-2 for a total of 34....

The players consisted of Larry Gerdeman, Beverly Harris, JoAnn Kreder, Mike Squires, Steve Melchi, Eddie Lane, Terry Bethel, and David Dean White.
The band was made up of Buddy Lewis on bass and Russ Burns on drums. Steve Mitchell joined in with his fiddle on a couple tunes also.
Our singers were Cathy Smeenk, Buddy Lewis, Russ Burns, and 1st time singing for us was our very own photographer, Sheena Beauchamp.
Hope you'll sing for us again, Sheena!

Thanks to the crowd, players, band and singers for giving up any Father's Day celebrations to join us.
Without any of you there wouldn't be a jam session.
Thanks to Cathy Smeenk for filling in for Charlie and Rosemary in their absence and to Terry Bethel for all he does for the association. Thanks Buddy for providing the sound system.
Thanks to all those who helped provide food for the afternoon. A big thank you to the Stone Castle Hotel & Conv Center for such a fine venue to have
our jams and shows. Also for providing us with water, coffee, and all the extras.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Super Event July 28th-30th. If you haven't made your reservations yet, you need to do so soon.
Reservation number is (417) 335-4700. We have a great show planned for you!

Thanks and until next time, Keep on Steelin'
Martha J Randall
Behind the Scene Promotion

OzSGA 2017 April Jam Session
2017 April Jam Review-Branson

​It was a marvelously sunny day for our jam session. It was the best jam we've had in a while...We had 8 players...Bob Garrett, Steve Melchi, Eddie Lane, Mike Squires, Ron Erickson, Terry Bethel, Bob Tuttle, and David Dean White! Our band consisted of Buddy Lewis on bass & vocals, Russ Burns on drums & vocals, and Dino Strunk on lead & vocals, Steve Mitchell joined in occasionally on fiddle & vocals. Other singers during the day were Charlie Steichen, Bob Garrett, Cathy Smeenk, Eddie Lane, , Kevin Haffee, Bob Mundy. and Eilene Mitchell.
There was approximately 20 guests at the jam making total attendance about 32.
Thanks to Terry Bethel, Charlie and Rosemary Steichen, Cathy Smeenk, and Sheena Beauchamp(photos) for a great jam.
Thanks to all the ladies who brought food and a special thanks to the Stone Castle Hotel & Convention Center & Staff for Coffee & accessories and such a beautiful venue to play music in! Thanks Buddy Lewis for providing and engineering the sound system.Thank you to the guests for joining us because without your support and encouragement it would just be like a big rehearsal...
Our next jam is June 18th...same place-same time...Smile We look forward to seeing most of you then and don't forget the Super Event July 28-30th

Thanks for joining us,

Martha J Randall
Behind the Scene Promotions

Keep Steelin'!

OzSGA 2017 Spring Show Review
Sorry it took so long...there was a lot going on thvbat weekend....Smile

2017 Spring Show Review, Branson, MO
In spite of the nasty winter earlier in the week Mother Nature provided us with a beautiful sunny weekend. Mr Keith Hilton opened the show with a rousing set to wake us all up and was joined by Ernie Jackson on fiddle and vocals. Keith was followed by the fabulous playing of Steve Melchi. Next was Jerry Newberry who slowed things down with his mellow touch. Jerry was followed by the loveable Eddie Lane.Eddie was joined by Garrett Massangale on Drums & the lovely Melody Hart from Branson Country USA & Raiding the Country Vault. Our next player was Mr Mike Beasley who also sang for us! The band played a couple songs and was joined by Melody Hart & Mike Peterson to fill time. Don Reed was n​ext who did a fabulous job. He was joined by Steve Duncan on drums. Mike McGee was accompanied by Steve Duncan on drums, Max King on bass & vocals.and & Jason King & Travis Scott on vocals, Steve finished the morning on drums and vocals..great job guys!
​The afternoon started off with a bang with a Trio consisting of Terry Bethel, Eddie Lane & Bob Tuttle, then Kari Garrison of Clay Cooper's show joined them for a few songs....Great Traditional Country Music !!!Next up was Jack Musgrave who had the Play Boys Band(Travis Scott on vocals, Kevin Haffey on bass & vocals, & Mark Brumfield on lead & vocals, Steve Duncan on drums) accompany him..The band & Jack appear every Sun night at the Eagles lodge in Springfield from 6-9 pm. The next player was Jerry Foster joined by Mike Beasley & Travis Scott on vocals and Mike McGee on bass and Larry Garrett on vocals.After Jerry was the amazing Dean Holman who plays for the Presleys. Steve Duncan played drums & Dino Strunk on vocals Dean finished his set on Dobro. Bob Tuttle was back again to do a set for our enjoyment. Bob played a year for Ray Price. He was joined by Kevin Haffey on lead & vocals and Mark Brumfield on bass &vocals, Steve Duncan on drums. The next player was new to our shows, Bobby Garrett , who also sang. He was joined by Mark Brumfield on bass....great set guys! Then Rick Crow of OK played a beautiful set. Our last player of the day was Larry Garrett.who did a splendid job as always.

Sunday worship was provided by Mike McGee with Max King on bass & vocals, and Rev Dave Young on rhythm and vocals. Wonderful service guys!
Our 1st player was Mike McGee who also sang with Max King on bass and Jason King on vocals. Fabulous guys....Jacob King was the next player. He is 13 and only started 3 years ago. What an amazing talent. His grandpa Max King was on bass and his dad Jason on vocals....The next player to grace the stage was a marvelous player, Michael T Hermsmeyer just off the road with Mickey Gilley...Next up was the ever popular Robbie Springfield with Jerry Ash on vocals...Excellent way to close out the morning......We had a Pizza break, then the players spent the afternoon jamming.
The players who stayed for the jam where: David Dean White, Jacob King, Mike McGee, Dick Hitchcock, Bill Nicholson, Don Reed, Terry Bethel, Eddie Lane,Larry Garrett, Marty Neer, Bobby Garrett, Michael T Hermsmeyer, Larry Gerdeman and was joined by Steve & Eileen Mitchell on fiddle & vocals during the jam were also provided by Cathy Smeenk, Larry Garrett, Max King, Dino Strunk and Buddy Lewis
A big thank you to our band for the weekend, Dino Strunk on lead, Russ Burns & Steve Duncan on drums, Buddy Lewis & Max King on bass, and Wayne Massengale on fiddle.
Thanks a bunch to Terry Bethel, Charlie & Rosemary Steichen, Cathy Smeenk, Sheena Beachamp, John & Pat Zazuliak, and all of the planning committee for making this show so successful and fun! Thanks to all the players who came and made such beautiful music for us all to enjoy and Buddy Lewis for providing the sound system & all thhe workers. Thanks to all the ladies who brought food and a special thanks to the Stone Castle Hotel & Convention Center & Staff for Coffee & accessories and such a beautiful venue as well as their helpfulness to all the guests. Please forgive me if I left anyone out. Just post below and I''ll correct See you at the Jams on April 9th & June 18th then the Super show on July 28, 29, 30th......
Keep Steelin!
Martha J Randall
Behind the Scene Promotions
Pictures to follow tomorrow!

2017 Spring Show
Branson West, MO, USA

We are so looking forward to the Spring show March 18th and 19th. It will be held at the Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center; 3050 Green Mountain Drive; Branson, Mo. Admission will be $20.00 per person on Saturday and will be free on Sunday.
The room rates for the hotel are $62.00 plus tax, a night. That rate is good for 3 nights before and 3 nights after the show. Just call 417-335-4700 and tell them you are with the Ozark Steel Guitar. FYI this is "spring break time" so you need to make reservations soon.
As always, any snacks to bring to share will be appreciated.

The schedule of players is as follows:
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time Name
9:00 - 9:25 Keith Hilton
9:35- 10:00 Steve Melchi
10:10 - 10:35 Beverly Harris
10:45 - 11:10 Eddie Lane
11:20 - 11:45 Mike Beasley
11:55 - 12:20 Don Reid
12:30 - 12:55 Mike McGee
12:55 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 1:55 Trio - (Terry, Bob Tuttle, Eddie Lane)
2:05 - 2:30 Jack Musgrave
2:40 - 3:05 Jerry Foster
3:15 - 3:40 Dean Holman
3:50 - 4:15 Bob Tuttle
4:25 - 4:50 Bobby Garrett
5:00 - 5:25 Rick Crow
5:35 - 6:00 Larry Garrett

Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time Name
9:15 - 9:45 Gospel Music - Mike McGee, Austin & Brittany Stewart
10:00 - 10:25 Austin Stewart
10:35 - 11:00. Jacob King
11:10 - 11:35 Terry Wood
11:45 - 12:10 Robbie Springfield

12:10 - ? Lunch and Jam

Special Guest
Melody Hart, Kari Garrison, Max King, Brittany Stewart, and others

Our Band…
Dino Strunk on Lead Guitar
Buddy Lewis on Bass
Russ Burns on Drums
Wayne Massengale on Fiddle

2016 Super Event
Ozark Steel Guitar Association
Branson, Mo
2016 Super Event Review

Friday: July 29, 2016
our Chaplain, Jeremiah Hanley started the weekend with a prayer followed by a statement by our President, Terry Bethel. Fri morning players were: Steve Melchi, Bruce Hoffman (Kenny Parrot sang), Keenan Friday, Janet Wise, Bob Tuttle and Buck Grantham!
Charlie Steichen & Venda Hanley presented Roy Rosetta with Honoree of the Year Award.
Afternoon players were: Joe Wright, Joe Savage, Mike McGee, Jacob King (Jason King vocals & Max King bass & vocals), Jerry Newberry (Donna Newberry vocals), Terry Wood & Walenia Band (Buddy Lewis bass), Mike Sigler, Larry Toliver/Steve Palousek ended the day.
E9th Seminar was hosted by Steve Palousek and Larry Toliver only 4 players but was filled with lots of information..
Saturday: July 30,2016
Morning players: Keith Hilton (Erie Jackson vocals), JoAnn Kreder, Linda Wright (Richard Wright-Sax), Jerry Smyth (Jim Rawlins vocals), Wayne Massengale & Charlie Steichen presented Eddie Lane with Player of the Year Award then Eddie played, Lunch Break
Afternoon players: Joe Wright, Grand Country Band (Gene Mulvaney, Wayne Massengale, Garrett Massengale, Melody Hart, Chad Cathell, Rob Blackburn, Larry Allred & our own Roy Rosetta, a special thanks to Billy Yates vocals), Jack Musgrave, Joan Cox(Frank Walmhoff vocals), Johnny Cox, Robbie Springfield (Kari Garrison-vocals & Rick McClure bass and vocals, Gary Ash vocals), 4 Steels-Gene Mulvaney, Larry Toliver, Steve Palousek, Mike Sigler & Dean Holman. What a special treat for the crowd!
Jam Session hosted by Steve Melchi had 7 players: Linda Wright, Keenan Friday, Jeremiah Hanley, Steve Palousek, Beverley Harris, JoAnn Kreder, and Larry Garrett...

Sunday: July 31, 2016
Church Service was done by Jeremiah & Venda Hanley and as usual was beautiful.
Players were: Joe Savage. Mike McGee(Jason King vocals & Max King vocals & bass), Steve Palousek(Donna Palousek vocals), Larry Toliver, Dean Holman, Pizza Break, Buck Grantham, Michael T Hermsmeyer, Janet Wise(Buddy Lewis vocals), Mike Sigler closed the show!!!

The Association would like to thank the 50/50 winners,
Bruce & Denise Lillis, from Lakeview, Ar and Floyd & Wanda Stevenson from Sedalia, Mo for donating their winnings back to the Association....THANKs!
Thanks to the Ozark Steel Guitar Association for all the work they do to put this together each year! Terry out did himself with the players this year. Thanks to all the band: Dino Strunk, Wayne & Garrett Massengale, Jimmy Hyde, Derrek Phillips, Russ Burns, Russ Wever, and Roy Rosetta and Buddy Lewis! Thanks Buddy for providing us with a sound system also! Thanks to all the ladies who provided us with snacks all weekend! Thanks to all the workers who helped move equipment, and all the vendors(some who stayed till the last note was played)...AND a BIG Thank you to the Stone Castle Hotel & Convention Center for the great venue and for being so friendly and helpful to the guests and providing the coffee for us!!!!
Forgive me if I've forgotten anyone or misspelled your name! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!!


Martha J Randall (Behind the Scene Promotions)

Super Event 2016 update
Sadly I must tell you that Jean Stafford and Wayne Appleby will not be able to appear at this weekend's Ozark Steel Guitar Super Event due to illness :(
They have promised to make it up to us at a later date however! Terry Bethel still has a fabulous line-up of players and entertainment planned. :)
I'm including Jean's doctors' statement and will post a revised poster shortly.......Come join us in Branson for a great weekend of Music, Fun, and Fellowship!

Super Event 2016
Well folks it's just one more week to the Ozark Steel Guitar BIG SUPER EVENT.... Getting more excited every day.....Lots of great steel players and some marvelous entertainment for your enjoyment.. only $25 per day Fri & Sat and if you're coming for both days it's only $40.. A great deal for 9am-6pm entertainment......Sunday is free with a church service at 9:15 am followed by music till 5 or 6 pm. So come join us for lots of good music at the Stone Castle Hotel Convention Room, 3050 Green Mountain Rd, Branson, Mo

2016 Spring Fest Review

The weekend was off to a great start when players and several others joined together to get the Room set-up and ready for guests to enjoy all the camaraderie, food and great music provided by some off the best steel players in this 5 state area. First player to open the festivities was the remarkable Keith Hilton. Keith has such a smooth touch on the steel and is also the founder of Hilton Volume Pedals. Keith was followed by Steve Melchi, steel player for Jeannie Kendall. Buddy Lewis sang Ace In The Hole , Crying My E​yes Out Over You & My Window Faces The South!..next up was Jack Musgave from Roger​sville, AR and played
​a​ fabulous set with a non-pedal steel. .Buddy Lewis sang Deep Water. Next was the ever lovable Eddie Lane..who played great as usual..Next was the fantastic Bob Tuttle who played for Ray Price in the late 1960's. Splendid player and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the set.. Larry Baker & Jean Devore were unable to make the show so the 1st standby player, Lee Ogle stepped in and did a splendid job, Thanks Lee! Mike McGee​ also​ played bass for Lee! Closing out the morning sessions was the only lady joining us​ for​ this show, JoAnn Kreder. Glad to see you again JoAnn....you did a wonderful job…:)

After a 45 Minute Lunch Break, the crowd gathered again to listen to more ​of the ​
marvelous music..First was a newcomer to our list of players, the young Jacob King...wonderful player....accompanying him on bass/vocals was Max King and lead/vocals was Mike McGee.,..we hope to see you back again real soon​! Next up was Terry's favorite player, Mike McGee. Mike was joined by the Awesome Ron Williams and Leona Williams​ for the first set.......and Max King..along with Travis Scott & Jason King​ on the next set​, great ​job​ Mike. Another newcomer was Steve Sanford from Mississippi singing with Steve was Country Jack Harper. Fantastic player and look forward to seeing him here again. Yet another new player was Ron Kyne a fabulous picker..and Ron Kyne Jr(4) what a little doll :-)
​He stole the show!​.... Ron was followed by Larry Gerdeman .with Johnny Cox on bass. Then Jerry Newberry played a beautiful set with Austin on bass, followed by , Austin Stewart and as always they were both crowd pleasers...closing out the first day was the super smooth playing of Terry Wood. After a break Mike McGee hosted a great seminar which was attended by ​several​ players.
Sunday started off with a beautiful Church Service from 9;15-10:00 AM hosted by Jeremiah & Venda Hanley First to the stage was Jerry Smythe who did a fabulous set! Next up​ was the super Dean Holman, who also played the Dobro. Dino sang a couple songs on his set Dean is doing a fabulous job over at the Presley's theater. Dean was followed by Austin Stewart who filled in for Terry Bethel who wasn’t feeling well..Fantastic picker and a splendid young man! Next was the incomparable Johnny Cox...with Dean Holman on Dobro. And Country Jack Harper sang Don’t You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me?....good to have Johnny on the show. He currently plays for the Baldknobber's show..rounding out the morning session was Larry Garrett. Great job Larry!

After the last player everyone(12 players David Dean Wright, Jeremiah Hanley, Dean Holman, Austin Stewart, Jerry Newberry, Larry Garrett, Jerry Smythe, Eddie Lane, Jack Musgrave, Mike Mc Gee, Steve Melchi, JoAnn, Kreder and the band, Dino Strunk on Lead, Mike Jackson on drums, Buddy Lewis on Bass & Eddie Asher sang while young Jacob King watched..
​look​ out guys!) set up for a jam session and spent the afternoon enjoying the time playing together at the Jam session ...
Thanks to all the players who joined us for a great weekend. Thank you to Terry and Charlie for all their great work. Thanks to all the ladies who provided us with all the yummy snacks. A big thank you to the Stone Castle Hotel for working with us to provide a beautiful place for our shows and jam sessions.

​ If I forgot anyone or misspelled a name please forgive me! ​A
And most of all thanks to all the guest for making this a successful Spring Fest...hope to see everyone for the April & June Jam sessions. And looking forward to seeing everyone at the July Super Event.....July 29th-31st 2016

​Martha J Randall (Behind The Scene ​Promotions
Terry Bethel (OzSGA President)

2015 Christmas Party

Dec 13

Members, family, and friends of OzSGA gathered at the Stone Castle Hotel at 1pm to celebrate the season and usher out the 2015 meetings with lots of Fun, Food and Fellowship along with great music! Each player was asked to play 1 or 2 songs and afterwards everyone joined in for a marvelous jam session. We had 18 players join us (Marty Neer, Clovis Richards, Jeremiah Hanley, David Dean White, Bob Tuttle,Jerry Smythe, Larry Gerdeman, Keith Hilton, Ted Emmons, Bob Harris, Jerry Newberry, Jack Musgrave, Eddie Lane, Terry Bethel, Stven Melchi, JoAnn Kreder, Mike Squires, and Ron Ericsson) along with our faithful band members (Dino Strunk, Russ Burns, and Buddy Lewis) and singers(Ted Emmons, Charlie Steichen, Eddie Lane, Cathy Smeenk, Larry Gerdeman)...the ladies again provided us with an outstanding array of food. Many attending were festively dressed in fun holiday fashions....:) The main room was full of guests....about 72 to 75 were present.

Charlie welcomed everyone then we had the Pledge of Allegience....Jeremiah & Venda began with a group sing of "Jingle Bells" and "Silent Night'….then Eddie Lane started the music with "Let it Snow" and Bob Tuttle blessed us with "White Christmas".....Jerry Smythe played a beautiful rendition of "What Child Is This?"...next Ted Emmons...played "Silent Night” on the steel and dobro…..Jack Musgrave then played "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"….followed byDavid Dean White play[ng while Cathy Smeenk sang "Silver Bells"....We then had break time and everyone filled up on all the great food and desserts and had lots of fellowship.

The Jam session started with "Just Because” as each player took a turn with their version of the song…."Mansion On The Hill" was started by Marty Neer....Larry Gerdeman started the next round with "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"...Eddie Lane chose "Hang Your Head In Shame"...Clovis Richards selected "The Other Woman"…..and Stven Melchi played "All Of Me"....David Dean White along with Marty Neer, Jeremiah Hanley and Bob Tuttle did a rousing version of the ever favorite “Steel Guitar Rag".........Ted Emmons picked "Miles & Miles of Texas" and even sang for us...Charlie assisted with backup vocals.....JoAnn Kreder was the only female player to join us this time and did beautifully on "Cowtown Blues"…. Marty Neer, David Dean White, Bob Tuttle all played together on the lovely "Together Again"....Jerry Newberry started off with "I'll be Alright When I Touch Calvary"…….then Ron Ericsson chose to do "Faded Love".....after a short break the group sat back down for the last hour of music.....Johnny Zazuliak played accordian 1st with "In The Mood".....Marty Neer started…"Amazing Grace".......Jack Musgrave played "I Saw The Light" with Ted Emmons on Dobro......Ron Ericsson then chose "Way To Survive".....while Clovis Richards played with Frank Warmbrodt & Eddie Lane singing "Don't You Get Tired of Hurting Me" then Frank & Eddie sang "What a Way To Live" while Ted started it off....Eddie Lane then played "A Fool Such as I" ....David Dean White played & CathySmenk sang .."Once A Day" with assist from Larry Gerdeman.....Keith Hilton selected "Faded Love"......Ron and Opal Ericsson then sang, "Born To Die That I Might Live"..Dino and the band then played Ode to Billie Jo to close out the day....if I missed anyone or listed a song wrong I'm sorry...I promise to learn all your names soon...:)

Thanks to all the players, band and singers who made this an enjoyable afternoon. Thanks to Terry Bethel, Charlie and Rosemary Steichen, and Jeremiah & Venda Hanley for putting it all together and for all they do throughout the year. Thanks also to everyone who brought food. May everyone have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Winter Show which has been changed to March 19-20 in hopes of avoiding bad weather….:)

God bless you all....

Martha J Randall (Behind the Scene Promotions)

& Terry Bethel(OzSGA President)

Oct 2015 Jam
Ozark Steel Guitar Oct Jam 2015 Review

We all had a great afternoon despite the fact our president had to attend the N.E.Iowa steel guitar show as he was this year's featured artist. Congratulations Terry!! Charlie and Rosemary came for a few minutes to take care of some business and then left for a much deserved vacation in Florida…They’ll be back in December….. we had about 25 in the enthusiastic crowd.
There were 7 players present as well as several singers and of course our outstanding backup band consisting of Buddy Lewis on bass & vocals, and Russ Burns on drums & vocals, Players consisted of Stven Malchi, Ron Erickson, Jerry Smythe, JoAnn Kreder, Eddie Lane, Bob Tuttle, and David Dean White. David started the afternoon with the ever popular “Steel Guitar Rag". Next Bob Tuttle started his round with "Faded Love", Eddie Lang then chose "I Love You Because" done swing style for his round. Then the lovely JoAnn Kreder decided to slow it down with "Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away"… Buddy Lewis pleased the crowd by singing the last verse...Next up was Jerry Smythe with "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" Ron Erickson's pick was "A Way To Survive"... Stven's choice was "Last Date” closing out the first half of the jam.
After a short refreshment break came...Round two!….Russ Burns began by singing "Sept In The Rain"….while Buddy finished out the final verse....Ron & Opal Erickson sang "I Feel Like I Gotta Travel On"....then Opal sang "Sheltered in the Arms of God" Buddy decided to sing "Time Changes Everything” and Cathy Smeenk sang “Grandpa” much to the delight of the crowd.
"Daddy Sang Bass" was a surprise song from friends of JoAnn, Cliff & Jill Nichols….David Dean White played "Amazing Grace" for his next turn....and Bob Tuttle chose the beautiful "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"….Eddie Lang’s next selection was "Don't Get Around Much Anymore". JoAnn Kreder selected the dreamy “Sleepwalk". Much to our pleasure, Marlyce Stockinger came in and graced us with her lovely voice and Dobro on “Don’t Be Angry With Me Darlin"
Crowd favorite Buddy Lewis sang a beautiful rendition of "Be Nobody’s Darlin’ But Mine" joined by Marlyse on harmony. Jerry Smythe’s next choice was "City Lights". Stven started his final round with "Blue Eyes Crying in The Rain” done Swing style while David Dean White began with "Panhandle Rag"... Bob Tuttle’s next pick was "Farewell Party". Jeremiah then announced it was time to go but allowed the group to perform one last song of…."Sweet Memories”.
We hope everyone and more will be able to join us for our Christmas Dinner & Jam on December 13th, 1-5 pm at the same location.. Thanks to all the players and singers, the back-up band and all the ladies who brought food….thanks also to the Stone Castle Hotel for the room.
God bless and see you soon…Terry & Martha Jane

Review of Aug Jam 8-16-2015
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Review of OzSGA Aug Jam 8-16-2015
Another fantastic day of music is over and all the players did a wonderful job. Even though there was only 6 players they made up for the lack of players with beautiful music. Players for the day were: Jeremiah Hanley, JoAnn Kreder, Mike Squires, Steve Melchi(who led the day due to Terry Bethel being under the weather and having out of town guests),
Marlyce Stockinger(Dobro), and David Dean White(Dobro) The backup band was Russ Burns on drums, Buddy Lewis on bass and sound tech, Dino Strunk was unable to play due to a previous engagement but Johnny Zazuliak stepped up to the plate and filled in with his accordion……Thanks John!
The day started shortly after 1:00pm with “Ladies Choice” and JoAnn Kreder playing a swing favorite "My Window Faces The South”. Next up was Steve Melchi with “Mansion On The Hill” while Buddy Lewis and Marlyce joined in on vocals. Marlyce chose to sing “Don’t Be Angry With Me Darlin”as the others took turns playing…. Beautiful voice Marlyce. Next to
perform was Cathy Smeenk singing "Once A Day" while David White started the round of playing..…fantastic Cathy! Jeremiah next chose to start with ”Amazing Grace”…. such a beautiful rendition Jeremiah…JoAnn’s 2nd choice was a lovely version of “The Waltz You Saved For Me”. Next up Marlyce sang “Sweet Dreams”…fantastic again.!.. Cathy’s next selection was a rousing version of “Y’all Come”….You managed to wake us all up…lol Jeremiah started the group off with “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” and was accompanied by Russ Burns on vocal and John Z on the accordion…It was gorgeous guys!…The last song before snack break was “Crying Time” and was lead by John Z on accordion….

After a 30 min break, JoAnn kicked off the second section with the lively and ever popular “Bud’s Bounce”! Mike Squires chose “San Antonio Rose” for his round and was joined by John Z on accordion and Buddy on vocals…Next was Steve Melchi who chose the fabulous “Danny Boy”. John Z was then asked to play and picked a polka version of “Waltz Across
Texas”...splendid John! Next Cathy sang “Me & Bobby McGee” while David started the round…Jeremiah chose to change the pace with “Milk Cow Blues” while Buddy joined in and sang 2 verses…JoAnn kept the pace with "St Louis Blues”…fantastic Jeremiah and JoAnn. Mike Squires started the next round with “Cold, Cold Heart”…while Steve Melchi chose a fabulous swing tune Buddy took the floor and sang “Send Me The Pillow” and Charlie Steichen sang “Make The World Go Away” followed by Russ Burns singing “Please Release Me”…outstanding guys! Cathy then chose “I Still Miss Someone” to sing on David’s round. Jeremiah then started off his round with "Together Again” while JoAnn chose the “Steel Guitar Rag” for her last round and Mike Squires picked “ Faded Love”….Buddy again stepped up to the mic with “I’m Crying My Heart Out Over You” while Marlyce sang harmony….Marlyce closed out the day with a beautiful version of “Amazing Grace” asking the crowd to join in on the last chorus!!!!
Thanks to all the players, band members, and singers who shared their awesome talents with us this afternoon…and thanks to all the officers for the work they do on the jams……also thanks to all the ladies who brought snacks for everyone to enjoy during the day! Thanks to the officers for all their hard work too! We hope everyone and more will join us for the next jam session on Oct 18th………GOODBYE TILL THEN & KEEP STEELIN”

Martha J Randall(Behind the Scene Promotions),
& Terry Bethel(OzSGA President

Review of Super Event 2015 July 24-26
Review of Super Event #9-July 24-26, 2015
Well folks the Super Event was a great success!. All the players played their hearts out this years as usual….Thanks to everyone who played steel, the staff band, all the workers and vendors and guest artists…you all are important to the success of the show. Thanks to all those who came to hear the music for without you we wouldn’t have a show!…Larry Garrett got us off to a marvelous start this year, followed by the always lovely Janet Wise a favorite Houston, TX performer, then Clovis Richards an Oklahoma favorite, Hayden Bramlett played fiddle for Larry Garrett & Clovis Richards as well as Patsy Cox sang on Clovis’ set, next the lovely Linda Wright & her husband Richard on trumpet, followed by the terrific Ron & Opal Erickson, and Jerry & Donna Newberry who are favorites of the events…the morning was ended by Rick Crow and Wayne Morton who pleased the crowd as always with their twin steels..
After Lunch our illustrious President Terry Bethel started off the afternoon with a wonderful set and was joined by Richard Wright on trumpet,….He was followed by the great Johnny and Joan Cox. Johnny is now playing for Mel Tillis as well as the Baldknobbers and Joan is a sought after performer in TX. We hope you can both join us again next year. Next up was Wayne Link and his daughter Wanda Wall from Canada whom we also hope will join us again Then the incomparable Joe Wright who is always loved at the OzSGA Super Events. He is not only an awesome player, but sings great and amuses us all with his comedy. We hope Joe will be a mainstay for many years to come…next up was Bob Tuttle, and Louie Halford both are fabulous players...The day finished with Russ Weaver who relinquished his band duties as bass player to show us he was as at home on the Steel as he is on bass….The night closed with a great Beginner/ Intermediate Seminar hosted by Steve Palousek and Terry Bethel..Very informative evening even though I can’t play….
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Saturday’s starter was the fabulous JoAnn Kreder, Welcome to our family JoAnn and hope you’ll come back! I understand that JoAnn & Joan Cox played together as kids while their fathers played steel together. While at the jam they discovered they were the 2 girls playing together and had both taken up steel guitar They had not seen each other since they were "those" kids and now both play steel guitar and both are exceptional players!
Next up was Ted Emmons who was joined by his wife Lisa to sing for the crowd They were also joined by Jeremiah Hanley who assisted in a skit. Please come back Ted & Lisa…..After a beautiful set by Jerry & Carlene Roller, Robbie Springfield graced the stage and was joined by his friend & boss Billy Dean
(Robbie plays steel for Billy Dean over at the beautiful Starlight Theater in Branson You should go see the show if you get the chance…I loved it) and Gary Ash a fabulous singer who said if he had known he had to follow Billy Dean he would have said no….Ha....Next was the always loveable Eddie Lane then Dean Holman who also played Dobro for us, Dean is a regular with the Presleys’ playing Steel, Dobro and whatever else he can... The morning ended with Keith Hilton joined by two of his local band members playing along…Keith is the man behind Hilton Volume Pedal used by many of our players..Frank Warmbrodt sang on several different sets..
After a short lunch break, the afternoon was started by two greats, Mike Beasley, then the well loved favorite Joe Wright. Next up was Gene & Gayla Crane who are always favorites of the OzSGA crowds., then Steve & Donna Palousek, Steve is one of Terry Bethel’s all-time favorite players and Miss Donna sings like a bird!, Then Janet Wise joined us again for another beautiful set followed by another splendid player, Larry Baker & the beautiful voice of his wife, Jean Devore(Jean often sings with other players as well). Next up was the fantastic Mike McGee(another of Terry’s all-time favorite players), this time Mike was accompanied on vocals by not only Max King but also Joe Wright . Then Terry Wood was joined by his boss the marvelous Walenia. Closing out the day was Steve Melchi(who plays steel for Jeanie Kendall). Steve was also the host for the annual Sat night Jam Session which was a great success. This year saw 10 pickers joining in to provide a great night of musical pleasure for those of us in the crowd.
Sunday morning was started off with a wonderful church service by Jeremiah and Venda Hanley. With Jeremiah’s wide vocal range and the sweet melodic tones of Ms Venda, along with Jeremiah on steel & Venda on piano the crowd was well off to a great Sunday start. The Hanley’s have been holding Sunday Services for the Events for many years and we hope they will continue the tradition for many more!
The first performer of the day was Jerry Smythe accompanied by David Bennett on piano and Mike McGee on bass…
Again Steve and Donna Palouse pleased us with there talents followed by Keith Hilton and his local band members. Then Michael Todd Hermsmeyer and Stephanie Hall pleased the audience immensely, Michael Todd plays for Mickey Gilley…after Mike, Terry Bethel took the stage again and had some assistance from Jimmy and Starla Queen Jimmy played drums for the ISGC for years and Miss Starla can sing a rousing Western Swing song with the best of them hope they’ll join us again…next was Terry’s hero, Mike McGee again and the amazing Joe Wright closed out the show with an awesome set…Thanks to everyone for playing and singing your hearts out. Sorry if I missed any singers or players who made guest appearances on the show…..Looking forward to an even bigger show in 2016…..Keep on Steelin’…:)……….

Martha Jane Randall (Behind The Scene Promotions) &
Terry Bethel (President of OzSGA)

Super Event 2015 Announcement
Copied from OzarkSteelGuitarAssociation.com


In just a few weeks the SUPER EVENT in July will be here. I know that many of you have been anxiously waiting for this yearly show! The dates are July 24, 25, and 26, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! We’re still in the same place where last year’s event was held, the lovely Stone Castle Hotel at 3050 Green Mountain Drive, Branson, MO.

Branson Tourism is handling all the hotel reservations. To reserve your room, call this number, 1-800-268-4014, Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST and ask for Vickie. She is the one taking care of the Ozark Steel Guitar Show reservations. They have given us a great price, only $73 a night, and that is the total price, no taxes or fees are added. It’s important to book your room early!

The admission for the show is only $25 for all day! That’s almost unbelievable, isn’t it? If you come on Friday and plan to stay for Saturday, your admission would only be $40 for two days. Wow! That’s $20 a day!! What a deal!! (Members of the Ozark Steel Guitar Association get in at a reduced price, $20 a day or $30 for the 2 days) And the player’s list is being made at this moment and you’re going to hear many, many great steel guitar players. The players are always thrilled with the top-notch professional band that we always have at the Branson Shows!

Plan to be with us for this extra special weekend of Steel Guitar Music!!!

The staff of the Ozark Steel Guitar Association

We hope you’re going to be among those coming for a super weekend of FUN, FOOD, and FELLOWSHIP, and most of all the sounds of the fascinating STEEL GUITAR!!!!!

The Branson Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center™
on Green Mountain Drive is the location! The address is 3050 Green Mountain Drive. It's less than a mile from Highway 76. Turn south on Green Mountain Drive, (that's the street that is between WalMart and McDonalds) and follow that to the Hotel. We hope you will be there to enjoy a weekend of STEEL GUITAR MUSIC!!

Review of June Jam 6-21-2015

Ozark Steel Guitar Association June Jam 06/21/2015
Stone Castle Hotel, Branson, MO
Even though it was Father’s Day the June Jam saw a very good turn-out of about 27 total attending. We had 9 players; Jerry Hanley, Eddie Lane, Keith Hilton, David White, Ron Erickson. Mike Squires, Pres. Terry Bethel, Terry Wood, and last but not least, Johnnie Cox who blessed us with a beautiful rendition of “Sweet Memories". These great players were accompanied by a marvelous backup band of Dino Strunk (lead guitar), Buddy Lewis (bass), Russ Burns (drums) and Danny O’Neil (drums) Terry Bethel started the music off with each player taking turns playing their version of the song. The players then took turns choosing a song for everyone to play. As the day progressed singers chimed in to the delight of all present. Ron and Opal Erickson graced us with “Old Country Church” Next to perform was Cathy Smeenk with “I Wish I Was a Teddy Bear”. Russ Burns, Buddy Lewis, and our VP Charlie Steichen shared the stage on "Faded Love”, “Mansion On The Hill” and a couple others.
About 2:30 everyone took a short break to stretch their legs and enjoy the wonderful snacks provided by some of the ladies. Thank You Ladies….
Back to the playing and singing then another break around 4pm and a final hour of great music. Thanks to all the players, singers, and attendees for making this part of their Father’s Day. We are looking forward to having the best July Super Event ever, with lots of crowd favorites returning and hopefully some new pickers as well. Hope everyone enjoyed the day and will be here in July on the 24th, 25th, & 26th…..Many thanks to Charlie and Rosemary Steichen, Jerry and Venda Hanley and Terry Bethel for all the work they do in organizing these events…..