Country Music Highway Road to Fame Competition ends Saturday

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

The Country Music Highway has been the birthplace of many famous artists through the years, and now a competition is hoping to find the next star from the U.S. 23 corridor.

The Country Music Highway Road to Fame competition will end Saturday night with the final 12 vying to win the grand prize.

Contestants are hoping to follow in the footsteps of Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall and so many others.

"The Country Music Highway has given birth to so many famous country music artists, and we don't know what it is maybe there is, something in the water? We don't know!" said Mike Harris who will judge the competition.

It started out with more than 100 talented hopefuls, and now only 12 are left.

"We truly have another natural resource in eastern Kentucky, and that's talent. We are mining some of the best musicians and vocalists right now," said Cindy Wheat with Paintsville Tourism.

The excitement building around this once in a lifetime opportunity as it is bringing people from other states into the mountains.

"Every bit of glamor, every bit of talent that we can associate with Highway 23 adds another niche that brings people here," said Fred James with Prestonsburg Tourism.

Tickets are sold out for the finals Saturday night at the Mountain Arts Center.

All 12 finalists will receive a guitar, and the grand prize winner will get to write and record a song with Tom T. Hall.

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