Learn From The Legends

Join Paul Franklin & Friends for an immersive, two-day, three-night steel guitar camp.

Get up-close and personal access, and learn from the best via a mix of group instruction, workshops, live performances, Q&As, meet-and-greets and more - all day and into the night!

Paul's scheduled guests include steel guitar legends Bruce Bouton, Dan Dugmore, Doug Jernigan, JayDee Maness, Russ Pahl, Jim Vest, & Tommy White, and special guest — Dobro®  master Jerry Douglas!

Located in a beautiful Tennessee State Park,
The Lodge at Montgomery Bell is a perfect setting to get away from it all and surround yourself with "all things steel guitar".

Only a short drive from Nashville, and newly remodeled, The Lodge has 117 rooms available. 50 special group-rate rooms have been reserved for us (Call and mention Code: 1678). Other lodging options can be obtained at local hotels (see below).

And if you decide to bring the family they will have hiking, boating and golfing available to enjoy while you're at the Camp sessions.


Paul Franklin

Pedal Steel

Paul Franklin began playing steel guitar at age 8.
Taking lessons from a Hawaiian guitar master, he quickly progressed and when pedal steel guitars came about, he got one immediately.

Paul was already gigging in local clubs at 11, and a member of the Musician’s Union. Soon calls came to the house asking for a pedal steel player for sessions in the thriving local music scene.

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Tommy White

Pedal Steel

Born in Louisville, KY on January 9 1960, Steel Guitar Hall of Famer Tommy White is considered a pedal steel guitar prodigy.
He received his first pedal steel at age nine, and by the time he was 13 he was appearing at various steel guitar shows, at 15 years old he released his first album, “Tommy White, 100 Proof Steel, Aged 15 Years.
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Bruce Bouton

Lap & Pedal Steel

In 1978, Bruce Bouton moved from Vienna VA to Nashville with the dream of being a professional musician.
In the forty some years since then, his lap and steel guitar playing have been heard on the hit records of Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Brooks and Dunn, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, and Pam Tillis, among many others.
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Dan Dugmore

Pedal Steel

Steel guitarist Dan Dugmore translated an interest in country-rock in the late 60s into a career as an A-list Nashville session musician starting in the 1990s.
Born in Southern California, Dan was inspired to take up pedal steel guitar by seeing such country-rock progenitors as the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Poco, & the Flying Burrito Brothers.   MORE . . . 

Doug Jernigan

Pedal Steel

Doug Jernigan was born in Pensacola Florida. Father bought him his first steel guitar when Doug was 9. By the time he was 14 he was playing on the weekends at VFW and Legion Halls in the Pensacola area. At age 18 he had his first professional job in Ohio, prior to being drafted in 1965 into the US Army.
For his many accomplishments on the steel guitar, Doug was inducted into the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1994.     MORE . . . 

Russ Pahl

Pedal Steel

Sparked by The Beatles appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, "the hook was sunk". The next day budding folk guitar player Russ took his Silvertone acoustic out to the garage and added knobs to it...no electronics, just knobs.
On Sunday nights, 15 year-old guitarist Russ was gigging in a house band where he heard famous Nashville bands and acts like Tammy Wynette, George Jones, and others.
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Jim Vest

Pedal Steel

Jim Vest is known as a musician, producer, actor, songwriter, publisher, singer, and leader of the world famous "Nashville Cats", immortalized in John Sebastian's hit single with The Lovin' Spoonful.
After leaving Louisville in 1969, Jim moved to Nashville and became the leader of the band at the Western Room in Printer's Alley where he formed the "Nashville Cats", still one of the top country music groups for over 18 years.     MORE . . . 

JayDee Maness

Pedal Steel

JayDee started playing the Steel Guitar at age 10, taking 12 lessons of a 13-week course.
From that point on he was self-taught, learning by listening to country artist like Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, Skeets McDonald, Lefty Frizzel, Hank Williams and many others.
By the time he was 15 he was playing in small bars around the Fontana/San Bernardino area. At the age of 16 he won a small talent contest in Bloomington, California. . . .     MORE . . . 

Jerry Douglas (Special Guest)

Lap Steel & Dobro

Called “The Dobro’s matchless contemporary master” by The New York Times, three-time CMA Musician of the Year award recipient Jerry Douglas is one of the most innovative recording artists in music.
In addition to performing and recording with a who’s-who of popular music, Douglas is also an accomplished teacher, with an engaging blend of humor and to-the-point practicality that demystifies the instrument.   MORE . . . 

Wendy Moten

Guest Vocalist

Wendy Moten may have launched her career as a pop/R&B artist and taken cool detours into jazz throughout her fascinating career, but her heart clearly belongs to Nashville.
Living and immersing in Music City for the past 23 years, the multi-talented vocalist has toured with Faith Hill & Tim McGraw (2005-2018) and Martina McBride (2014-2016) – and since 2016, has been on the road with the legendary Vince Gill.
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Phil Bradbury (Workshop)

Little Walter Amps

We are pleased to announce that Phil Bradbury will be joining us, giving a Workshop on "All Things Amps". Be sure to catch a session!
Little Walter Tube Amps

Mike Scaggs & Wayne Dahl

Maintenance and Mechanics

Mike and Wayne will be presenting a Workshop masterclass in understanding pedal steel guitar setup and maintenance. Push-Pull and All-Pull guitars will be covered.

More Camp Details Coming Soon!

Additional event program details will follow (we will email attendees) as the musician's schedules are firmed up. Attendance is limited, so reserve your place now at this "hang out weekend" featuring a historic gathering of steel giants!  Register, below.

NOTE: During the Camp, any Covid 19 restrictions still in effect, e.g. one-room gathering size, will be adhered to.

Accommodations Options

The Lodge

50 group-rate rooms reserved on-site (Call Lodge and mention Code: 1678). Other rooms as available.
(615) 797-3101
Book a room


Double Queen Room

18-Hole Golf Course

Tent & RV Camping Sites. Check for availability

Swimming Pool

Acorn Lake

Fishing, Boating & Kayaking

Local Hotels

Local hotels are also available as options. Here are 3. Click here for MORE
Lyft and Uber have drivers in Dickson.

Super 8 Dickson TN

Best Western Dickson TN

Holiday Inn Express Dickson TN



Paul Franklin & Friends Steel Guitar Camp

NOTE: Event details are subject to change due to artist availability, Federal, State or Local Covid restrictions, etc.

You can preview the purchase process on this this PAGE, or you can save it as a PDF HERE.

Review the Camp's Terms & Conditions anytime,  via the link at the bottom of this page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A single admission ticket, all-days Pass, is $475. That price already includes required 10.5% TN taxes and fees. Price also includes a non-refundable  registration fee portion of $75. After June 15th 2021, the remainder is also not-refundable (unless the event is cancelled).

Note that meals and accommodations are not included. Staying at The Lodge by itself does get you access into the Steel Camp events. You must also purchase a ticket.

Yes. Players of all skill levels are welcome. There will be something for everyone!

Meals are not included in your tuition for the camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered in the venue's hotel dining room, daily. We will have complimentary coffee to start your day at the morning session. No outside food is allowed into the hotel meeting rooms. Link to  Nearby Restaurants  Link To UberEats  Link To GrubHub

Bring whatever you need to help you learn! We will provide pencils and tablature/note paper for you to write down ideas and key concepts. Due to limited space and safety concerns, individual student guitars/amps will not be allowed in the Camp sessions. If you are staying on site, or in a nearby hotel, you can of course have them in your rooms.

Audio recording is permissible, for personal use only, NO VIDEO recording is allowed. Modern Music Masters has sole discretion over any official video documenting of the event. Photos for sharing on Social Media are allowed and encouraged!

Camp attendee registration begins on-site 3pm Friday. Check-in also available on Saturday and Sunday before 9am.

Average Weather in August in Nashville, Tennessee is daily high temperatures of around 87°F, rarely falling below 80°F or exceeding 96°F. Daily low temperatures 68°F, rarely falling below 61°F or exceeding 76°F. There are normally 8 hours of bright sunshine each day that's 62% - of daylight hours. There are usually 8 days in August with some rain.

The Lodge has wi-fi available. Phone reception will depend on your carrier.

About 45 miles, or approximately 1 hour of driving.

Send us an email at: info@modernmusicmasters.com.  For questions about The Lodge, see their website