Luke and Jessi win WRJW’s Texaco Country Showdown | Events
This is a news release from WRJW Radio
The 32nd Annual Texaco Country Showdown local competition concluded on Saturday, October 5th, naming Luke and Jessi, from Whites Creek, Tennessee as the winner. Brandon Green from Lucedale, Mississippi came in second, and Josh Newton of Picayune, Mississippi was the 3rd place winner. 4th place went to the band McHenry, from McHenry, Mississippi, and 5th place went to Anne Gil, of Hanreville, Alabama. There were 17 contestants entered in the Picayune local contest. America’s largest country music talent search and radio promotion was held at the Picayune School Auditorium, on Goodyear Boulevard, in Picayune, Mississippi. This win marks completion of the first step in the prestigious national contest.
Luke and Jessi Maness’ combination of musical talent, stage presence, charisma, musicianship and originality caught the attention of judges, including Karen Bradshaw, a voice coach and songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana; Dana Davidson, a song writer who contributed to several hit country tunes, and musician, from Gulfport, Mississippi; and Jamie Shaw, drummer and leader of the country group Autumn Rising, who have opened for over 24 top country artists and groups.
On October 11th, Luke and Jessi will advance to the state final of the Texaco Country Showdown at the Mississippi State Fair, in Jackson, Mississippi, vying for $1,000. and the opportunity to perform at one of five regional competitions in the fall. Regional winners receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Final, exuding talent and energy in their performances to compete for $100.000 Grand Prize and the National Title.
Luke and Jessi Maness, a husband and wife duo, plays as many events around their home town of White Creeks, TN, and have announced that they are working on a brand new album, complete with some of Nashville’s greatest musicians, and it’s due out in November just before Thanksgiving. The title trace will be “The Sky Is Blue” which is one of the songs they used to win the Picayune Texaco Country Showdown. Written by Luke and Jessi, it was an audience favorite. There will also be several more songs they have written on the album. They are now working on revamping their website. Also known as Thunderheart, this was Luke and Jessi’s third appearance in the Picayune Showdown, but their first time to come in first place. They say they are truly honored to represent WRJW Radio and Picayune at the Mississippi State Showdown coming up on October 11th, at the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson.
In preliminary judging, The Texaco Country Showdown also featured Jeff Bennett of Picayune, MS; Jason Gray, JR., of Picayune, MS; Jeremy Threlfall, of McComb, MS; Alex Ramsay, of Carriere, MS; Kyle Cooley of Waynesboro, MS; David Smith of Picayune, MS; Emma Varnado of Picayune, MS; Gunter Cheatham of Ridge, MS; Amy Potter of Moss Point, MS; Traci Hite of Crane Hill, AL; Joy Kate Lawson of Madison, MS; and Leah Thompson of Haughton, LA.
Now in its 32nd year, the Texaco Country Showdown finds the most promising country music talent in America, giving these performers a chance to launch a professional career. Nearly $200,000 in cash and prizes is awarded to the thousands of aspiring artists who compete each year. Nationwide, two million fans will experience the Texaco Country Showdown via hundreds of live shows and national syndicated television and radio broadcasts.