On March 2, the state of Kentucky was hit by devastating storms and tornadoes leaving behind at least 23 reported deaths, hundreds of injuries and a wake of destruction. Most of the damage occurred in the counties surrounding the Country Music Highway (US Route 23), an area which has given rise to a large number of country music superstars including Loretta Lynn, The Judds, Tom T. Hall, Dwight Yoakam, Patty Loveless, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ricky Skaggs and many more. With the launch of the Country Music Highway “Road to Fame” Talent Competition slated to begin on March 15, volunteers will be on hand collecting money donations to assist in the storm relief efforts. For more information on the competition, please visitwww.cmhroadtofame.com.
Country Music Highway “Road to Fame” talent competition organizers hope the first round of auditions will give local residents something positive in the midst of such great sadness. “We are expecting hundreds of people to attend the four auditions,” said Ken Carriere, Chairman of the Country Music Highway Committee, “We saw we had an opportunity to use this competition to raise funds for our neighbors in need.”
The “Road to Fame” competition is seeking out the next generation of stars who reside in the 16 counties surrounding the Country Music Highway (Letcher, Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence, Boyd, Greenup, Harlan, Perry, Knott, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan, Elliott, Carter and Lewis). The grand prize winner will receive a career development course with PCG Nashville valued at approximately $25,000 among other prizes.
“It is very important for contestants to read the contest rules and be fully aware of the age and residency requirements before attending the auditions,” Carriere emphasized. Contest Rules and FAQs are posted online at www.cmhroadtofame.comwhere entry forms and release forms can be downloaded and filled out before attending an audition.
Complete audition dates and loctions can also be found at www.cmhroadtofame.com. More information on the Country Music Highway in Kentucky can be found at www.countrymusichighway.com
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.