Established in 2004 by the GaSGA’s founding officers, this membership-category is to honor Georgia’s steel guitarists and others who, through their passions and commitments, have made significant contributions to the advancement of our beloved instrument.


Donna Dodd

Donna Banks Dodd was born August 31, 1951, to William and Odessa Banks. Donna and her twin sister, Diane, were destined to marry musicians, and serve their communities in various ways. But, first, they traveled the world with their Air Force family, moving every two years, makiing many friends along the way.
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Gaylon Mathews

Gaylon Mathews was born and raised in Jasper, Georgia. His earliest musical influence, like many, was his dad, Rembert, a banjo player and instrument builder. Gaylon first was a bass player. While listening to another band rehearsing, Gaylon says he became interested in steel guitar listening to another GaSGA member, Scott Kirk. He has been influenced by all the greats as opposed to one particular steel player . . . more


Charlie Vaughn

Reprint from TIMES-GEORGIAN, Leisure This Week, March 3, 2016

Charlie Vaughn, an accomplished musician from Carrolton, GA, has been honored with the "Legend Award" by the Georgia Steel Guitar Association.  Established in 2004 by the association's founding officers, this membership category is to honor Georgia's steel guitarists who, through their passion and commitment, have made significant contributions to the advancement of their instrument . . . more

Mark Van Allen

Mark Van Allen grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and has been a mainstay on the Atlanta, Georgia scene since 1989.  He took piano lessons as a child, and played trumpet and French horn in junior high school . . . more

Barney Miller

Mr. Barney Miller, our 2014, GaSGA Legend recipient was born in Elba, Alabama and raised in Mobile, Alabama.  He started steel guitar lessons at the age of 12, and later that year his dad bought him a 6 string National single neck steel . . .  more


Randy Sorrells

Randy Sorrells grew up in Cumming, Georgia in a musical family and began playing steel at the age of 13. His father was well known local gospel singer, Bob Sorrells. With his several talented children, Bob formed the Sorrells Family Band and later The Bob Sorrells Troupe. These groups are where Randy got his start as a steel player . . . more

Bob Farlow

Bob Farlow’s music education began when he was about 15 years of age. He had a teacher, Dean Byrom, who taught the Hawaiian Guitar course from Oahu Publishing company. Dean went to his home once a week to teach at a price of $3.00/wk, and that included the lesson material from Oahu . . . more

Tommy Dodd

Son of a career Air Force family, Tommy Dodd has lived all over the world. His love of music came naturally. His mother and brother both enjoyed singing, and his father played several instruments, including steel guitar. Music was a huge part of their lives. He had his first steel guitar lesson at the age of 13 when they were stationed in Anchorage, Alaska . . . more

Bill Ferguson

Bill Ferguson was born in Atlanta, GA, May 20, 1947 to Carl & Annie Mae Ferguson, who also had five daughters and another son. He graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School in 1965 (barely, he says). The following year, Bill met Linda, and they soon married in 1967 when she was 17 . . .  

Jerry W. Braswell

Jerry Braswell was born to George and Mozell Braswell on July 12, 1947, in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended James L. Mason and John Carey grade schools in Atlanta. In 1960, the family moved to Lithia Springs, Georgia where he attended Douglas County High School and Citizen’s High School in Atlanta . . . more

Richard 'Sunny' Allbright

Born in Ft. Payne, Alabama March 30, 1922, and raised in Buford, Georgia,
Rick “Sunny” Allbright has seen just about all a musician’s life has to offer. He knows the good times and giddy heights of success from his early years playing rhythm and steel guitar . . . mor

Gene Still

Gene Still was born in Belle Glade, Florida. At six months old, his parents moved back to their home area in Gwinnett County. He and Emily, his wife of 57 years, have lived mostly in the Lawrenceville, GA area. His two sons are professional musicians . . . more

Larry 'Wimpy' Sasser

Larry Sasser was born in Gainesville, Georgia on August 19, 1947. His family soon moved to Conyers, Ga. near Atlanta. He grew up in the country where his Dad raised and trained horses. His dad also played guitar and sang, and Larry spent a lot of time either riding in a horse show or listening to his Dad play music. . . . more

Garland Nash

Garland's musical interest was well-formed by age seven when he decided that he wanted to be a musician. He couldn't wait for his favorite music programs to come on the radio. His father played banjo, and two of his sisters played guitar and sang . . . more

Mac Atcheson

In 1997, the Atlanta Steel Guitar Extravaganza honored Mr. Atcheson, not only for his playing ability but also for his willingness to share with his peers. His instrument of choice was acoustic guitar; however, he was more or less forced into playing steel guitar for the hillbilly band he performed with in the 1940s. According to many, he literally became a master . . .  more

Charlie Stephens

A Southern boy from Atlanta, Georgia, Charlie Stephens began playing music at an early age. His first job took him on the road with Harpo Kidwell (WSB Barn Dance).
Charlie later moved to Houston, Texas, where he worked for several years in the printing business . . .

Vern Kendrick

was born in Buffalo, New York on December 23, 1938 to a father who was an old Vaudevillian dancer and a Mother who was a concert pianist. Vern grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry every Saturday night on the radio, and . . . more






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