Burgess, Lyles play steel guitar showcase


DERMOTT, Ark. – Two Chickasaw County steel guitar legends shared billing at the Steelin’ The Gospel Steel Guitar Showcase, earlier this month at the Hacketts’ Gospel Music Singing Shed, in Dermott, Ark.

Odell Burgess and Danny Lyles were selected among 12 steel guitarist for the first ever event, June 8, with dozens of players from five states in attendance. This was also the first gospel steel guitar showcase of its kind in Southeast Arkansas.

Each performance saw full back-up bands accompany the showcase throughout the day with each player performing a 30-minute set of gospel music. Some tunes included singers chosen for that particular song.

The day ended with a concert by Southern Gospel recording artists, The Hacketts. They were joined on stage by the stars of the Steelin’ The Gospel Steel Guitar Showcase.

The showcase was held in the 250 seat, climate controlled soft-seat comfort auditorium and concessions were available on site. Admission was free.

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