The 28th Annual Colgate Country Showdown said LeAnn Rimes will host a one-hour televised special this month and next, with a Merced-sponsored band among the five finalists.
Merced’s entry is Whisky Row sponsored by radio station KUBB.
The national final will air in syndication in March and April on over 150 television stations across the country. Besides Whisky Row, the other regional winners are Casey Lee Smith (KNIX Phoenix); Karla Davis (WRHI Rock Hill, S.C.); Kendall Phillips (WBCH Hastings, Mich.); and Terry Lee Spencer (WJOW State College, Penn.)
They’ll compete for the grand prize of $100,000 and the title, “Best New Act in Country Music,” promoters said.
Go to www.countryshowdown.com for updates. If there isn’t a station listed in your market, call SPI at (615) 321-5130.