Country Showdown


Marie Wise-Hawkins

The 10th season of the Country Showdown is complete.  The western regional final was held on November 15th at the historic Egyptian Theatre in downtown Coos Bay. 

Marie Wise-Hawkins, representing radio station KHTS in Santa Clarita, California was this seasons regional winner.  Marie will now move on to the national final, to be held in January, in Nashville.  The west regional show included state finalists from Montana, Oregon, California, Nebraska, and Utah.  Season 11 of the Country Showdown is just around the corner, with the first preliminary rounds beginning in April of 2105.  For show information visit KSHR.COM or KBDN.COM for complete details. 

The Country Showdown isAmerica’s largest country music talent search.   Annually, over 450 radio stations across the country sponsor local contests.  Winners advance to their state events where prizes include $1,000 and the opportunity to compete in one of five regional events.  The 2014 Oregon State and Western Regional event will be held in Coos Bay, at the Egyptian Theatre.    Regional winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to the televised National Final to compete for $100,000 and the coveted title of Best New Act in Country Music


Each year, more than 50,000 artists compete throughout the U.S.  Past local, state and regional winners include Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Neal McCoy, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley andBilly Ray Cyrus.For more information about the Country Showdown, visit,