By Heidi Glaus
MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (KSDK) - At the Holiday Inn in Mount Vernon, Ill., people are pulling in from all over for the sweet, sometimes whiny sound of a steel guitar.
"I just love the sound of one," said one guy.
They've come to play and appreciate an instrument that often gets shoved into the background where you can't really see what it takes to play one.
"When you play a steel guitar you use both feet, both knees and both hands," explained Cord Fitch, President of Southern Illinois Productions.
So 13 years ago, over lunch, a couple of friends decided to put together the Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show.
"When we first started we were calling trying to find players to play now they're calling us from all over the world to play," Fitch said.
This year the show will rotate 40 artists on and off stage to take a seat behind their steel guitars to play old favorites.
"Oh yeah, all of 'em," said Richard Reek.
It's now a show that brings in some of the best pickers in the country, people who have played the Grand Ole Opry and behind too many country singers to name. It's a simple concept really.
"Good music, good people," David Roady said to sum it up.
A show that just continues to build like a good country song and it all happens in Mount Vernon, Ill.
The show runs through Saturday. To learn more, visit the Southern Illinois Productions website.