The Texaco Country Showdown, America’s longest-running talent search and largest country radio promotion, celebrates 30 years of making dreams come true for hundreds of thousands of struggling artists across the country. For the 6th year, Grammy Award Winner, LeAnn Rimes will host the National Final on January 26, 2012 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, 7:00 pm. For free tickets, visit the Ryman box office or by calling (615) 889-3060. This year’s show will air nationwide in April on syndicated television.
The five Regional Winners will be given the opportunity to perform on America’s biggest stages and in front of millions on television to compete for $100,000. The Texaco Country Showdown has helped catapult Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Chris Young, Miley Cyrus, Jason Aldean, Thompson Square, Brad Paisley and Sara Evans into successful musical careers.
The year-long competition begins each spring with over 450 live, family-friendly shows produced by country music radio stations. Local winners then advance to State and Regional Showdowns held at major entertainment venues where the field is narrowed to five National Finalists. These five artists then compete in a nationally syndicated television special at which the winner receives a Grand Prize of $100,000 and the title, “Best New Act in Country Music.” With cash prizes at various levels, the Texaco Country Showdown is the best high stakes competition in country music with a uniform judging system. Some of country music’s biggest names like Willie Nelson, Montgomery Gentry, Kris Kristofferson, Reba McEntire, Barbara Mandrell and Loretta Lynn have hosted and performed at the Texaco Country Showdown.
Every year, over 50,000 artists perform at more than 500 shows throughout the country, promoted by over 450 local radio stations. Dean Unkefer, President of Special Promotions, Inc. and producer of the Texaco Country Showdown, commented, “Texaco is dedicated to helping give aspiring artists the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences and to advance their talent.”
Texaco exemplifies everything that the Country Showdown is about- pride in our communities, our heritage and the American Dream. As a result of Texaco’s commitment, over $300,000 is awarded each year to struggling artists as they follow their road to stardom.