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The 36th Annual Country Showdown is coming to Minden, LA. Real Country 104.5 FM KBEF will be hosting America’s largest country music talent search and radio promotion.

Designed to find the most promising country music talent in the United States for the past 35 years, the Country Showdown gives aspiring artists a chance to launch their professional careers. Thousands of performers compete annually for the Country Showdown title.

Each spring, hometown talent contests sponsored by over 500 local radio stations across the country pave the road for stardom. Local winners advance to regional finals, where the prizes include $1,000 in cash and the opportunity to receive an expense-paid trip to the National Final to compete for the coveted National Title.

“We consider the Country Showdown one of the most anticipated events in Country Music each year,” said 104.5 KBEF owner Mark Chreene. “It’s an exciting community event that provides aspiring artists in our area an opportunity for state, regional, and national exposure while promoting a greater appreciation of country music. We’re excited to bring this event to Minden.”

Open to vocal/instrumental performers, the Country Showdown welcomes individual acts or groups with up to 7 members to compete. Acts also must not have performed on a record charted in the top 100 country format of Billboard within eighteen months preceding the local competition. A $30 entry fee is required of all acts entering the Country Showdown produced by participating country music radio stations. To ensure fairness, a uniform judging system is used on all levels of competition. KBEF’s local competition will be held Saturday, June 3rd from 7-9:30 pm at the Minden High School Auditorium  at 400 S. College St. in Minden. Entry forms are available online here. Deadline to register is Thursday, June 1st. Entries are limited to 15 contestants, so sign up today!


For more information, contact Mark Chreene at 318-377-1240 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.