Anticipation and excitement are higher than ever as aspiring country music artists prepare for the 31st Annual Texaco Country Showdown being held at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Hotel & Casino in Laughlin, Nev., on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at 6 p.m. in The Starview Room.
Highway Country (KIXW/KIXF) has again been selected to host the local level of the Texaco Country Showdown – “America’s Largest Country Music Talent Search” and radio promotion.
Designed to find the most promising country music talent in the United States for the past 31 years, the Texaco Country Showdown gives aspiring country artists in America a chance to launch their professional careers. Audiences may be seeing, hearing, and applauding the next country music star.
Thousands of aspiring artists compete annually. Local winners advance to more than 40 state contests where the prizes include $1,000 in cash and the opportunity to compete at one of five regional contests in the fall. The final five regional winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to the National Finals in Nashville, Tenn., to compete for $100,000 and the coveted National Title.
“Some very talented artists came forward to compete last year at our contest in Laughlin. With our call for entries starting, we know we will see the next generation of great talent. Make sure and get you application today,” said Lance Todd, program director for Highway Radio.
Open to vocal and/or instrumental performers, the Texaco Country Showdown welcomes individual acts or groups with up to seven members to compete. Acts must not have performed on a record charted in the top 100 country format on “Billboard,” “Radio and Records,” or the “Gavin Report” within 18 months preceding the local competition.
To ensure fairness, a uniform judging system is used on all levels of the competition. A $20 entry fee is required from all acts. In addition, an audition demo is required for each entry. Highway Country will accept tapes, CDs, DVDs and MP3s. Highway Country will be choosing 10 finalists and two alternates to compete at the Riverside Hotel & Casino.
The road to stardom begins each spring with hometown talent contests sponsored by more than 500 radio stations across the country. The unique nature of Highway Country, which has two towers that broadcasts simultaneously across 40,000 square miles of Southern California to an audience of locals and millions of tourists driving to Southern Nevada gaming and resort destinations, allows the station to be able to draw from a very large pool of talent.
Entry forms can be picked up or obtained in the following ways: Highway Country/Barstow Station, Barstow, Calif.; entertainment Box Office at the Riverside Hotel & Casino in Laughlin, Nev.; the Las Vegas Highway Radio sales office; by calling Highway Radio (Highway Country, FM98/99 – The HIGHWAY and The DRIVE) at (702) 737-9899 in Las Vegas to have one mailed; or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your address. Demo will need to be provided for the application process. Highway Radio will choose 10 finalists and two alternates to compete live in Laughlin on Thursday, June 28.
The final day for entries at all locations will be May 29, 2012, at 5 p.m. No Exceptions will be made. Interested applicants are advised to call or email for their entry forms today!