Steel guitarists, representing at least five states, will be showcased June 13-14 at the Hacketts Gospel Singing Shed, located at the intersection of highways 65 and 165, halfway between McGehee and Dermott.
The Hacketts’ will host the “Steelin’ the Gospel Steel Guitar Showcase”, a showcase of southern gospel music, pedal steel guitars and their masters.
Steel guitar players from Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, will be on-hand to showcase their talents on this unique instrument as they perform a variety of their favorite gospel tunes backed by some of the finest musicians and gospel singers in the delta.
The Friday night, Steelin’ the Gospel early-bird tune-up jam will start at 6:30 p.m. and will consist of steel guitar players along with singers and players of other instruments and will double as a meet and greet for all musicians and singers, whether they are on the Saturday showcase or not and is free to the public.
The Steelin’ the Gospel Steel Guitar Showcase on Saturday, is also free to the public and will begin at 11 a.m. It will feature a dozen steel guitar players along with full accompaniment in 30 minute sets throughout the afternoon. At 7 p.m., The Hacketts’, will take the stage in a Grand Old Gospel styled concert, featuring the entire troupe of steel guitarist from the Steelin’ the Gospel Steel Guitar Showcase, again a 2nd annual event you won’t see anywhere else in the Delta. Again admission is absolutely free.
All three shows are free to all ages. The venue is a climate control building with comfortable seating.
Refreshments and concessions are available on site. Barbecue and burger lunches and dinners will be hot off the grill for this homecoming-style atmosphere. Attendees are assured a good time.
Individuals and church groups of all denominations are encouraged to attend.
For additional information and reserved seating call 870-534-8348.
The Hacketts Gospel Shed is located four miles south of McGehee, four miles north of Dermott, and 15 miles north of the red light at Lake Village, at the intersection of highways 65 and 165.