Suwannee Democrat


June 13, 2014

Country Showdown tonight at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

Live Oak —

America’s largest country music talent search begins tonight in North Florida at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) at 7 p.m. with free admission. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner.

Sponsored by WQHL The Big 98 along with the SOSMP, the WQHL North Florida Country Showdown preliminaries will be held tonight, June 13, July 11 and Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. each evening. Contestants may still sign up for the July 11 and Aug. 8 contest by emailing

Finals to choose the North Florida winner will be Sept. 5. That winner will compete in the  Sept. 13 Florida Country Showdown final at the SOSMP with one winner moving on to regionals at a site yet to be determined. Regional winners from across the United States will compete on the Grand Ole Opry stage in late January of 2015, with one act winning $100,000 and being named the Best New Act in Country Music.

Contestants for tonight's show include solo artists Allysa Billings (Jacksonville area), Brittney Hall (Starke), Cassidy Kinsman (Jacksonville), Alexus Branscome (Lake City), Bryan Wainwright (Live Oak), John Markham (Steinhatchee), Brad Harrison (Live Oak), Brittney Lawrence (Saint Johns/Jacksonville area), Pete Lanier (Jasper) and Reginald Stacy (Bronson). Bands competing include Barbed Wire Creek (Panama City) and Late Night Sessions (Live Oak).

If you would like make reservations for RV parking, cabins, primitive camping or camper parking for this event or need more information about the event or The SOSMP, call 386-364-1683, email or go to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located at 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak, Fla, 32060, 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129.

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