Chances are pretty good that if you're a reader of this blog, you're a country music fan. Now, let's take it one level deeper--might you be an actual country musician?
If that's so and you're indeed a player--and I'm betting there's a few of you out there, so don't be shy--here's something you'll want to check out.
Ram Trucks is kicking off its first-ever "Battle of the Bands," with an eye to discover the next big thing in country music. Entering the contest is simple. All you have to do is upload a music video of your band (country, natch) to Ram's Facebook page. Voting for the best artist will be opened up to the public starting January 3, 2011.
If your video is one of the top 10 that receives the most votes by closing time (February 13), you'll move on to Round Two, which is composed of a Ram Truck panel of judges. The Ram judges will select the best two videos--and those two bands will perform live at next year's Rodeo Austin (that's where some of your favorite HUGE country stars, including Lady Antebellum, played earlier this year)!
Additionally, the first place winner will score $5,000 and the second place winner will go home with $2,500. Now, that'll buy you a nice big mess of Texas BBQ, or at least some quality studio time, eh?
If you don't have any personal musical aspirations of your own, this contest is still fun for pure music aficionados. In addition to experiencing some new--and likely happenin'--country bands, you can enter to win Ram's weekly sweepstakes. Every week they'll be giving away a country-music prize pack, which includes an iPod plus iTunes card to load it up. All you have to do is vote!
I'm looking forward to discovering some seriously great new country music in 2011, y'all. Who out there is gonna give it to me? Get going over to Ram's Facebook page and upload those videos!
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