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Steel guitar enthusiasts to gather in Belvedere

Convention, lessons, performances will be in Belvedere this weekend

Posted: May 15, 2013 - 3:25am

The Southern Steel Guitar Convention will be held at the Belvedere Jaycee building on Saturday and Sunday.

The event is held four times a year on the third weekend of the month, said co-organizer Jerry Reece.

Reece’s father, Charles Reece, and Buddy Walker first organized the gathering of steel players and enthusiasts in the late 1980s.

“My dad, he played and built steel guitars,” said Jerry Reece. “They decided they wanted to start a gathering where all the local steel players could get together and fellowship. They create this event to do that. There were several around the country going on at the time.”

On average, about 100-150 people attend the conventions.

During the weekends, there are many performances by local steel guitar players and some from Nashville, he said

Saturday’s activities include a steel guitar seminar with Mike Sweeney and a jam session.

Sweeney has performed with groups and artists such as The Nashville Palace house band, Jack Greene, Ray Price and Vern Gosdin.

“The lessons are for people who have a steel (guitar) and can play some,” said Reece.

The jam session is a chance for anyone to get up and play, he added.

On Sunday, there will be a formal lineup of performances.

“A lot of the people who come and play live in Nashville and play with current bands,” he said.

For more information about the Southern Steel Guitar Convention, visit southernsteelconvention.
com or call (803) 593-0454 or (864) 940-8170.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Steel Seminar

WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Belvedere Jaycee Building, 98 Johnson Road

COST: $35

RESERVE: To reserve a spot, call (615) 851-1062

WHAT: Jam Session

WHEN: 7-11 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Belvedere Jaycee Building, 98 Johnson Road

COST: Free

WHAT: Convention performances

WHEN: Starting at 10 a.m. Sunday

WHERE: Belvedere Jaycee Building, 98 Johnson Road

COST: $10

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