There are three contests and a final so if you can sing country music and you know it, now’s the time to enter!
There are three contests and a final so if you can sing country music and you know it, now’s the time to enter!

You could win and go on to the nationals at the Ryman Auditorium and win $100,000 in cash!

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA – The 30th Annual Texaco Country Showdown’s North Florida competition will be held May 7, 14 and 21 at the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla. Winners from the first three competitions will compete June 11 at the SOSMP in the finale North Florida competition. The local winner will compete statewide in the fall for a chance to win $1,000. Each state winner goes on to one of five regional contests across the nation with one winner from each region going to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in January of 2012 to vie for the title of Best New Act in Country Music and $100,000 in prize money!

The Texaco Country Showdown (formerly known as the Colgate Country Showdown) is designed to find the most promising country music talent in America and give these performers a chance to launch their professional music careers.

The North Florida contest is sponsored by radio station WQHL 98.1 along with The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. WQHL’s famous radio personality Kevin Thomas will once again be the emcee for each of the four events.

Kickin' Kevin Thomas WQHL 98.1.JPG

Kickin' Kevin Thomas WQHL 98.1.JPG

You, too, could be a winner but first you have to get signed up! Call the SOSMP at 386-364-1683 to get your entry form and other information. Don’t delay…act now! You could go on to be named the next Best New Act in Country Music and take home $100,000 in prize money!

The SOSMP hosted the statewide competition in 2008 and the winner, Orlando’s Johnny Bulford, went on to win the national and $100,000 in cash! Johnny received his title and check for $100,000 from country superstar LeAnn Rimes who will make the presentation in 2012 also. Johnny’s now a Nashville resident, performing and writing music!

The Showdown begins each spring with more than 450 talent contests sponsored by country music radio stations throughout the US. The audience cheers on the winners as they compete for the grand prize of $100,000 and the national title. A uniform judging system is used at all levels of competition to ensure fairness.

For more information on the Texaco Country Showdown visit www.CountryShowdown.com.

All participants are consistently judged on five core criteria: Marketability in Country Music, Vocal/Instrumental Ability, Originality of Performance, Stage Presence/Charisma and Talent. Optional bonus points can be awarded to acts with original music in the Songwriting category.

The competition boasts a “who’s who” in the country music industry with past local, state and regional winners including Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sara Evans and Miranda Lambert.

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Doors to the Music Hall will open each night at 5 p.m. with the Texaco Country Showdown beginning at beginning at 7 p.m. As always, the SOS Café and Restaurant will have available at regular prices delicious food and beverages, including prime rib available Saturday night along with the regular menu.

The SOSMP has RV sites, primitive camping and beautiful, luxurious cabins available for your pleasure during your stay on the banks of the famous Suwannee River in North Florida. You may even want to explore the possibility of having your own comfortable cabin on the banks of the Suwannee River! Ask us about cabin ownership!

For more information about this event, call us at 386-364-1683, email us at spirit@musicliveshere.com or go to www.musicliveshere.com You may also contact the SOSMP to inquire about any of the many exciting events coming up this year at the SOSMP such as the 311 Pow Wow, Suwannee River (gospel) Jubilee, Blackwater Music Festival, Purple Hatters Ball, Memorial Day Getaway, Bear Creek Music and Art Festival, Tropical Night Rocks the Suwannee, July 4th Weekend Getaway and more!The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located at 3076 95th Drive 4.5 miles north of Live Oak, Fl off US 129 at the famous Suwannee River. The park is 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129. Keep an eye out for the SOSMP sign and white painted board fence!