Texaco Showdown

Think you have what it takes to be America’s next country music star?

Come join us on Saturday, May 7th for our first Texaco Country Showdown Competition for 2011 … LIVE from the South Carolina Strawberry Festival in Fort Mill!

The Texaco Country Showdown is America’s largest country music talent search. Now in its 30th year, the Texaco Country Showdown is designed to find the most promising country music talent in communities all across America, and to offer these aspiring artists a platform from which to launch their professional music careers.

The Texaco Country Showdown begins each spring with over 450 local contests sponsored by radio stations all across the United States. Each contestant must begin by participating at the local level. Local winners will advance to their respective State competitions, where they will compete for a $1,000 prize, the State Title, and the chance to advance to one of five Regional Finals. Regional winners will compete in the National Final held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The winner of the Country Showdown will receive the National Title and a Grand Prize of $100,000!

The Texaco Country Showdown is open to vocal and/or instrumental performers, individuals, and groups of up to seven members who have not performed on a record listed in the national record charts (Billboard, Radio and Records, or The Gavin Report) within the 18 months preceding the local competition. To ensure fairness, a uniform judging system will be used at all levels of competition.

There is a $20 entry fee per act (cash or money order only). First-time contestants must also submit a demo recording as part of their registration packet. Entry forms will be accepted between March 15th and April 27th. Entry forms and instructions may be downloaded below.

Registration will begin on March 15th and end on Wednesday April 27th at 5 PM.


1. Download application here:   30thTexaco Showdown Entry Form (Adobe PDF document)

2.  Please mail entry form along with $20.00 cash or money order made payable to Special Promotions, Inc. PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

If you’ve registered in the past for our competition but did not compete, please include your demo (with one fast song and one slow song) along with your entry form.


Attn: Colgate Country Showdown
P.O. Box 307
Rock Hill, SC 29731

or drop off entry form at the WRHI/Interstate 107 studios
142 N. Confederate Ave   -   Rock Hill, SC 29730

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