WBYG “Big Country 99” will host the America’s largest country music talent search and radio promotion. Approximately $200,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded nationwide including the Grand Prize of $100,000 cash to the National Winner, presented at the National Final televised special.
Designed to find the most promising country music talent in the United States for the past 30 years, the Texaco Country Showdown gives aspiring artists a chance to launch their professional careers. Thousands of performers compete annually for the Country Showdown title.
Each year, hometown talent contests sponsored by over five hundred local radio stations across the country, pave the road to stardom. Local winners advance to over forty 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 five regional winners receive an expense-paid trip to the National Final to compete for $100,000 and the coveted National Title.
“We consider the Texaco Country Showdown one of the most anticipated events in country music each year,” said on-air personality Tom Payne. “It is an exciting community event that provides aspiring artists in our area an opportunity for state, regional, and national exposure while promoting a greater appreciation of country music. We are pleased and proud to join the Regatta Committee, The Karat Patch Diamonds-N-Gold, Bad Toys for Bad Boys, Siders Jewelers, Hometown Medical, Elliott’s Appliances, Larry’s Body Shop, Point Pleasant Dairy Queen and Middleport Dairy Queen las local sponsors in the 30th Annual Texaco Country Showdown.”
Open to vocal and/or instrumental performers, the Texaco Country Showdown welcomes individual acts or groups with up to seven members to compete. Acts also must not have performed on a record charted in the top 100 country format of Billboard, Radio and Records, or the Gavin Report within eighteen months preceding local competition. A $20 entry fee is required of all acts entering the Showdown competitions produced by participating country music radio stations. To ensure fairness, a uniform judging system is used on all levels of competition.
To enter Big Country 99’s Showdown, a Preliminary Competition will be held at the Point Pleasant Regatta on Friday, July 1 at 7 p.m. Twelve finalists will be chosen to compete during the Gallia County Junior Fair on Saturday, August 6 at 6 p.m. Monetary prizes will be given to the top three, with the winner advancing to the State Competition in Parkersburg.
For more information, phone 304-675-2763 or visit the website at www.wbyg.com.