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October 03, 2011

EAST TENNESSEAN LAUREL WRIGHT WINS 2011 TEXACO COUNTRY SHOWDOWN TENNESSEE STATE FINAL

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Matt Votaw, Executive Director
(931) 589-2453 ; mattvotaw@perrycountytn.org


Young high-schooler Laurel Wright, representing radio station WIVK, of Knoxville, took home the night’s highest honor winning the 30th Annual Texaco Country Showdown Tennessee State Championship Final Saturdaynight, October 1, at Lobelville’s Main Street Music Park.
 
The chilly Saturday night state finals concert and competition showcased nine different acts which had won a local contest sponsored by radio stations throughout Tennessee.  These local victories enabled the nine contestants to perform at the state level competition of the Country Showdown, which is America’s largest country music talent search. 
 
Laurel Wright, a 15-year-old,Blount County songbird, proved worthy of the state title and $1,000. The singer-songwriter has penned more than 30 songs.  At the Lobelville show this past Saturday night, she wowed the judges with two of those original songs titled Can’t You See and Everything. Learn more about this emerging artist at www.myspace.com/laurelwrightmusic .
 
A crowd of over 8oo enjoyed the cool night with some hot performances, and great live music from the not only the nine competing finalist, but also tunes from the Country Showdown back-up band, and singers Tommy Womack, Johnny Collier and other special guests.
 
Country Showdown co-host Deanna Loveland kicked off things on the main stage with a rousing version of  “The National Anthem.”  Perry County MayorJohn Carroll’s cousin, 9-year old drumming sensation Tucker Carroll, stole the stage at the after-show jam.  Tucker also provided the tympani drum roll as Laurel’s name was announced as winner, on the main stage.
 
“It was another great night for Perry County and for all of the many visitors that spent the afternoon and evening with us,” commented Lobelville Mayor Moore.  “Just as we’d hoped, over half the crowd was from out-of-town, and I spoke with so many visitors that told me how much they loved it here in Perry County.”
 
In addition to WIVK from Knoxville, other sponsoring radio stations were: WFWL - Camden, WUCZ - Carthage, WKBQ - Covington, WDKN - Dickson, WWYN - Jackson, WKDF - Nashville, WYVY - Union City, and WECO - Wartburg.
 
The newly-crowned Tennessee champ Laurel Wright was very gracious in her victory, and spent over twenty minutes signing autographs and getting pictures made with friends, family and well-wishers.  Her father commented, “We have a four-hour drive home tonight (Saturday night), and Laurel should be back down to earth by the time we get there.” 
 
Laurel Wright will compete in the Southeast Regional Final to determine if she will advance to the National Final. Regional Winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to Nashville to compete for $100,000, and the coveted title, “Best New Act in Country Music.”
 
“I competed in the Country Showdown Alabama state championship and came in second place, a few years ago,” admitted singer and musician Johnny Collier, who also entertained at Saturday night’s pre-show concert.  “This Tennessee state final event was so much bigger and nicer than what we had down in Alabama, and the people of Perry County should be really proud of tonight.”
 
Lobelville and Perry County is the permanent home of the annual Texaco Country Showdown Tennessee State Final, held in early October.  Each year, nationally more than 50,000 artists compete throughout the U.S. Past Local, State, and Regional Winners include: Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Neal McCoy, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley and Billy Ray Cyrus.
 
Visit www.texacocountryshowdown.com for more information on the regional and national competition.


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