June 23 6:00 PM Hale Center for the Performing Arts, SOCC Campus 541-267-2121 jgraham@bicoastalmedia.com Website

Coos Bay, Oregon (June 13, 2011) – KSHR and Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay will host the first elimination in the Texaco Country Showdown on Thursday, June 23rd at the Hale Center for the performing Arts, on the campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay. The Texaco Country Showdown is America’s largest country music talent search. The show will be held at 7:00 PM. Doors will open at 6PM. Tickets are 5 dollars at the door, and can be purchased in Advance at the Kokwel gift shop at the Mill Casino RV Park and Hotel.

Annually, over 450 radio stations across the country sponsor local contests. Winners advance to their state events where prizes include $1,000 and the opportunity to compete in one of five regional events. This year’s Oregon State and Western Regional event will be held in Coos Bay. Regional winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to the televised National Final on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to compete for $100,000 and the coveted title of Best New Act in Country Music.

Each year, 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. For more information about the Texaco Country Showdown, visit www.Texacocountryshowdown.com.
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