The 32nd Annual Texaco Country Showdown is America's largest Country music talent show. It's designed to find the most promising country music talent in the nation and to give these performers a chance to launch their professional music careers.

The Country Showdown begins each spring with over 450 local talent contests sponsored by country music radio stations throughout the US. Winners advance to their respective State competitions held at leading fairs and venues. Acts then compete for a $1,000 prize, the State Title and the opportunity to advance to one of five Regional Finals. It’s the last step before the prestigious, televised National Final. The audience cheers on the Regional Winners, as they compete for the Grand Prize of $100,000 and the title of "Best New Act in Country Music."

After some amazing local artists shared their music with the crowd and esteemed panel of judges, the winner of this year's Texaco Country Showdown was....drumroll please....

THE KIRK BAXLEY BAND!

The Kirk Baxley Band advances to the State level of the competition.

Congratulations to the band and all of the other contestants that participated in the contest. Good luck to Kirk and the boys as they go on to the State competition! We will all be rooting for our hometown winners!

~Rb