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The RTX New Music Challenge: John David Kent Vs. Shy Blakeman [POLL]

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All right it’s time once again for The RTX New Music Challenge and we’re not making it easy on you. We’ve got two great songs from two great artists for you to choose between, “Runaway” from John David Kent and “Dragonfly” from Shy Blakeman.

Per the rules of the RTX New Music Challenge, you’ll have till Saturday (3/24) 7pm to vote. The winner will be announced and his song played during Radio Texas Live this week. Click through, listen to both and vote!

First up, John David Kent.

In just a short time, John David Kent has made a big impression. With rich three-part harmonies and fresh twists on sounds that channel a mix of Waylon Jennings and Creedance Clearwater Revival, John David Kent’s songs instantly feel both unique and familiar.

Kent himself has a notable and vast musical history. Signed to Mercury Records by age sixteen, Kent began touring with Radish, the rock band he formed with childhood friend and now well-known artist, Ben Kweller. Soon after came recording and touring with the Lemonheads, a national tour with My Morning Jacket and various other acts, as well as appearances on Letterman and Conan. Kent has toured Japan, opened for major bands like Kings of Leon and Incubus, shared the stage with acts like Metallica and Snoop Dogg and done a Lollapalooza tour with Korn and Tool all with an air of humility and gratitude. And right now you can download his entire album on iTunes. Here is “Runaway”.

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Next up, Shy Blakeman.

Shy Blakeman is an old soul who portrays his own bold, free spirited brand of music on Long Distance Man, his acclaimed third studio album. Blakeman successfully melds together all the rural sounds from below the Mason-Dixon line in order to create an unexpected style that is so unique, that it’s hard to define it by one genre.

But don’t be mistaken, it all still feels within the realm of what music is and used to be. This ambitious sound developed organically from a musical heritage in Wyoming, California and East Texas, added to years spent in Nashville, New York and LA collaborating with an eclectic group of some of music’s biggest stars and modern legend musicians. And right now you can download Shy’s entire album “Long Distance Man” for absolutely FREE. Give “Dragonfly” a listen.

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