Jack was raised in the Springfield, Missouri area and discovered early on his great love and natural ability for music. While growing up, he taught himself several instruments. Later on, while listening to local musicians play live shows in the area, he fell in love with the steel guitar.
He began learning to play steel in 1976 with the instruction of such great players as Byron (Arnie) Arnold and good friend and mentor, Mike McGee. His early influences were Buddy Emmons and Lloyd Green.
He began his professional career as a steel player on the Table Rock Opry in Kimberling City in 1977. During the 1990’s, Jack went on the road with Campbell’s Ozark Country Jubilee playing across the country. In the 2000’s, he was a regular player on the Truman Lake Opry in Tightwad, Mo. and the Fort Scott Jubilee in Kansas and has played on several regional country music television shows. Jack has enjoyed the privilege of working with many Nashville entertainers throughout his career and has played on numerous sessions in area recording studios.
In more recent years, he has enjoyed playing shows in many of Missouri and Oklahoma casinos, including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa. He is currently playing with the talented group, The Playboyz in Springfield, Mo every Sunday night in addition to playing in local steel shows and subbing for other players when needed. In 2015, Jack was honored to be inducted into the Kansas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.
Jack is the proud father of three beautiful children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He loves working on his ’66 Pontiac GTO convertible and running his own upholstery business. He feels richly blessed with all the friendships he has made during the course of his music career and thinks of each of them as a member of his extended family.
The Ozark Steel Guitar Association is so blessed to have the best Lead Guitar Player in this area as part of our club band where he plays for all of our jams and shows. His talent is only superseded by his honesty and integrity.
Dino got his start singing professionally at the ripe old age of 4 years old. He was born and raised on a farm in Taylorville, IL. As a child, Dino toured the mid-west and southern states during the summer fair season. He started playing guitar at the age of 6, and by age 10 he was proficient at playing 11 different instruments. The guitar was his calling, though. And it wasn’t long until he was in demand as a guitarist with many bands and on many shows in the Central Illinois area.
After graduating from high school in Taylorville, he moved to Osage Beach, MO. to work on various shows in that area. After 6 years he made the move to Branson and the rest, as they say, is history! Dino has worked alongside countless major country music. He has had the honor of being voted “Branson’s Guitarist of the Year” for a remarkable 5 times.
In 2010, Dino became the “Staff Guitarist” for the world-renowned “International Steel Guitar Convention” where he held the position until it closed. When he’s not performing with SOUTHWEST CONNECTION with Wendy Sewell, you can find him performing with longtime Branson entertainer Mr. Doug Gabriel on the “Doug Gabriel Show”. .
We are excited to present the Most Improved Player to Jacob King who many of us have watched him grow up. Jacob started playing the steel guitar with the mentoring and teaching of Mr. Mike McGee, his Dad, Jason singing and his Grandpa Max playing bass. He started playing our shows and Christmas jams for in 2016. From there he exploded and is now playing all of the local steel shows as well as Dallas and Phoenix.
I heard one of the professional players say that Jacob not only played great, but he understood the history and the purpose of the steel guitar.
This young teenager is from Dadeville, Missouri.
Mike McGee began playing guitar at the age of 11 before changing to lap steel then to pedal steel in 1971. He began his professional career as a pedal steel guitarist in 1974. Mike performed with Mel Street, David Wills, Jerry Wallace, Stan Hitchcock and Branson promoter Jim Thomas. At Branson’s Hee Haw Theatre, he worked with all the Hee Haw gang including Buck Trent, Archie Campbell, The Hagar Twins and Kenny Price. Mike was the staff steel guitarist for both Dungeon Studios and American Artists Studios in Springfield, Mo for many years. He recorded hundreds for sessions for many of the Ozarks region’s finest singers and musicians, including Boxcar Willie’s award-winning album ‘Daddy Was a Railroad Man’.
Mike currently owns and operates Limestone Recording Studio serving as both producer and engineer and playing many of the instruments on the CDs. In 2005 he released his own CD of pedal steel music. He continues to play for area artists and regional steel guitar shows.
For many years, Mike has supported the Ozarks Steel Guitar Association as well as the other Steel Guitar clubs in the area. He has taught many steel guitar seminars as well as individuals to master the steel. As he plays numerous instruments, you will frequently see him on stage filling in for another musician.
Buddy has been the sound engineer and playing bass for the Ozark Steel Guitar Association for over ten years. He is at every jam and show that we have, always set up and ready to go. Buddy’s dependability, his willingness to help the club and his caring attitude help make our shows and jams the success that they are.
Buddy Lewis grew up in Houston, Texas. As a teenager, Buddy started to play the honkytonks and was eventually allowed to sing. As Buddy learned to sing and play guitar in the honkytonks he worked with many well known artists. Out of this honkytonk upbringing, Buddy developed respect and love for the pickers and singers who ply their trade in the honkytonks. Buddy Lewis is a singer, bassist, guitarist, songwriter, recording engineer, sound engineer and lover of country music. He has been performing for over 35 years.
At the request of the audience, a new category has been added to our honorees. That is the Most Improved Player of the Year. JoAnn Kreder was selected.
JoAnn used to play with her Father years ago. She quit playing and put her steel guitar under her bed for 25 years. Then… she got grandkids. As all of you know, grandkids can find any hidden item in a house. They wanted to know what that thing under the bed was. She pulled it out and started play again. That was a little over 3 years ago. She has been playing jams and shows ever since then. She also plays in an all-girl band up by St. Charles, Mo.
Eddie was born in Conway, Arkansas. He began playing guitar at 12 years of age and was playing lead guitar with local bands at 16. In the mid 1970’s he became good friends with Zane Beck, owner of BMI Steel Guitar Company. Zane built a single 10 for Eddie, showed him the string groups and said, “You learn it!” Eddie “learned it” and also learned how to repair and adjust steel guitars. That steel guitar repair work has kept him pretty busy for over forty years doing work for people from just about everywhere.
In 1979, Eddie, his wife Nancy and daughter Melanie moved to Branson. Eddie began his professional career playing lead guitar and singing full time for the Bob-O-Links Country Hoedown Show. In 1984 he joined the Plummer Family Music Show as their steel guitarist. He retired from the music shows in 1990 and went to work for College of the Ozarks where he was Security Supervisor for twenty years. Now retired… he works part time for Stage One Guitars, building Stage One and Zumsteel Encore Steel Guitars. Eddie writes gospel music and has his own recording studio where he records his music as well as a few projects for other people. Although retired from the Branson music scene, he has filled in ocassionally for some of the shows, plays a gig every now and then and plays some steel guitar shows.
Eddie is a proud Air Force Veteran.
Roy Rosetta grew up in Port Arthur, Tx. He began studying piano at an early age with a lot of encouragement from Moon Mulligan.
Roy has had the privilege of playing behind many artists such as Willie Nelson, Jim Reeves, Don Meredith, Billie Jo Spears, George Jones and many more fine artists. At this time he also worked as a studio musician for Verve Records recording with many artists.
In 1986, Roy was introduced to the world of steel guitar by Terry Simpson. Herby Wallace came to do a seminar at Terry’s store. He asked Roy to play the piano on the jam portion of the seminar. At the request of Herby, Roy went to the Dallas Steel Guitar Jamboree and played on Herby’s set. This was the beginning of a long term union. The Dallas show producer asked Roy to become the first piano player to be in the staff band, and the St. Louis producer, Scotty Scott, asked Roy to join their staff band at the International Steel Guitar Association. Roy began to play shows in Knoxville, Tn., Atlanta, Ga., Hot Springs, Ar., and many more.