I’m Excited to Watch Five Texans Competing in USA Network’s ‘Real Country’
I'm a little picky about the TV I watch, but I've got to tell you about a new USA Network country music competition show I'm definitely going to set the DVR for: "Real Country." A total of 21 artists chosen by the judges (Shania Twain, Jake Owen and Travis Tritt) are competing for $100,000 and the opportunity to perform at Nashville's iconic Grand Ole Opry.
This premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 and it's going to be a fast-paced treat: Each week, three artists face off for the chance to win it all at the grand finale. It's not just the prize money; the Grand Ole Opry has long been considered a launching pad for country performers. Some artists dream of performing there for years before they get that honor!
To top it all off, two solo artists and a trio are from the Lonestar State. Check them out:
A mother of four and one of Shania's picks, Billie Jo (Twitter: @billiejotxmusic/Instagram: @billiejotxmusic) has won several local singing competitions with her blend of traditional country vocals and pure honesty in her songwriting. She's from Emory, Texas.
Here's a little something she left us on Twitter:
Hailing from Mabank, Texas, 15-year-old Riley Thompson (Instagram: @rileythompsonmusic) placed in the top 5 at the Texas Music City Songwriter Competition. Two of her songs were performed the same week they were written!
You might recognize the guy she's singing with here:
Selected by Travis Tritt, Copper Chief (Instagram: @copperchief) is a trio who abandoned their day jobs to perform across Texas and the surrounding states after releasing their self-titled debut album. Mike Valliere, Rio Tripiano and Justin Lusk are from Mineral Wells, Muenster, and Richmond, Texas.
And it looks like they didn't waste any time getting back on the road:
It'll be fun to see how many of these Texans make it to the finale of this eight-part series. Don't forget to tune in at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13!