Southern Steel Guitar Convention
MAY 20-21, 2018 BILL HAMILTON
Tim Hamilton has been playing steel guitar since 1987. He started traveling all over the country with several southern gospel bands. In the early 90’s Tim got his first house band job in Atlanta. This led to session work in several studios in the southeast and in Nashville. In the mid 90’s, Tim was hired at Cowboy’s in Kennesaw, Georgia where he played in the House Band for 10 years. Tim has opened up for many artists including Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, Toby Keith, Leann Womack, Marty Stuart, Lorrie Morgan and Dwight Yoaham just to name a few. Tim has shared the stage and played with Travis Tritt, Daryle Singletary, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Collie, Tracy Byrd and Keith Urban. In 2007, Tim was recognized for his talent by the Atlanta Society of Entertainers when he received Musician of the Year Award and later that year he was honored to be inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. Tim currently plays the steel guitar for The Country River Band. Country River Band plays classic country music. Tim has been blessed to play with them since February of 2015. Tim is married to his wonderful wife, Misty, and they live in Alpharetta, Georgia.
NOVEMBER 18-19, 2018 RUSS HICKS
Pedal steel and dobro player Russ Hicks has established himself as one of the best studio musicians in Nashville. In the 1970s and 1980s, Hicks was one of the “A Team” musicians who played on hundreds of albums. Growing up in WV, Hicks learned guitar and his high school rock band was signed to Decca Records and relocated to Las Vegas. After a year, Hicks rejoined his parents in South Carolina, graduated high school and moved to Chicago where he played clubs for three years.
Back in West Virginia in the early 1960s, he got married, taught music and played locally. Inspired by pedal steel great Buddy Emmons, Hicks took up the instrument. In 1965, he found a gig on the Slim Mims TV Show in Florence, SC, playing lead and steel guitar. When Hicks learned that steel guitarist Weldon Myrick was leaving country star Connie Smith’s band, he went to Nashville to audition. He was hired in 1967. After touring with Smith, Hicks landed a gig with Ray Price (when Price’s band featured five fiddlers).
When Hicks returned to Nashville to concentrate on session work, he met fellow West Virginian and studio veteran Charlie McCoy. Hicks found himself working with some session musician legends such as Grady Martin, Hargus Pig Robbins, Pete Wade, Buddy Harmon, Bob Moore, Roy Huskey, Jr. and Harold Bradley. He played on records by Marty Robbins, Ronnie Milsap, Mickey Gilley, Larry Gatlin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom T. Hall, Don Gibson, Wanda Jackson, Townes Van Zandt, the Charlie Daniels Band and many more. He also was featured on various movie soundtracks including Clint Eastwood’s Every Which Way But Loose.
For 13 years, Hicks was a member of the house band (led by Charlie McCoy) on the TV show Hee Haw. In the 1970s, Hicks joined the Nasvhille based band Barefoot Jerry, led by fellow West Virginian (and “A list” studio picker) Wayne Moss. With his wife Laney, Hicks’ performances now include a yearly appearance at the world famous “Scotty’s International Steel Guitar Convention” in St. Louis. Hicks hosts various workshops around the country, teaches out of his home near Nashville, and produces various instructional products.
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