Steel guitarists, representing at least five states, will be showcased June 7-8 at the Hacketts Gospel Singing Shed, located at the intersection of highways 65 and 165, halfway between McGehee and Dermott. It is a first-time event for Southeast Arkansas.

This event has never before taken place in southeast Arkansas and seems to be raising quite a bit of interest throughout the United States and abroad from enthusiest of the pedal steel guitar and gospel music, according to a news release announcing the event.

Steelin’ the Gospel is a showcase for steel guitar players performing gospel music. The showcase will consist of at least a dozen individual players of the instrument, performing in sets of 20 and 30 minutes each. Some will play with live backup from combo’s to full bands and some will play to music tracks.

The event was originally concieved as a one-day, Saturday-only show but due to the response from players who will be traveling a great distance and would like a chance to jam with some of their heros and mentors, organizers added a “Friday Nite Tune-Up Jam.”

The Friday night jam runs from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Saturday showcase runs from noon until 9 p.m.

“Not only will you see legends, you can see what legends are made of and what lies ahead in the future of the legendary instrument called the steel guitar as you hear some fine Gospel music,” Jack Harper said in the news release. “Then at 7 p.m. on Saturday night, sit back, relax and enjoy the soft seat, climate-controlled comfort of The Shed as The Hacketts & The Steelin’ the Gospel Steel Guitar Showcase present a Grand Ol’ Gospel performance that will be unequaled anywhere.”

There is no admission charge for the 2-day event and area motels will have a “Steelin’ the Gospel” special rate for the weekend. Food will be available at the event.

For additional information call 870-538-8348.