Indie Country Showdown: Center Stage Magazine's First-Ever Independent Country Artist Competition

by Missy Wolf / 25 days ago / Comments

In the vibrant city of Nashville, Tennessee, a groundbreaking event is set to take place at the renowned Caba Ray venue, owned by country music legend Ray Stevens. Center Stage Magazine, a prominent voice in the world of country music, is hosting the first-ever Indie Country Showdown, an independent country artist competition. The competition will showcase the talents of 21 up-and-coming artists, with a panel of esteemed judges narrowing the field down to three finalists, and one wild card finalist to be chosen by the judges. The competition promises to be a thrilling display of raw talent and passion for country music.

The Indie Country Showdown is a unique platform for independent country artists to showcase their talents and gain exposure in the competitive country music industry. The competition aims to highlight the diverse range of artists and styles that exist within the independent country music scene. The event will take place at the Caba Ray venue, which is known for its intimate setting and excellent acoustics. This will provide a perfect backdrop for the artists to captivate the audience with their heartfelt performances. 

Those who serve are an important part of every event we do! Each night we will honor active and retired military and make a special monetary presentation to Folds Of Honor Tennessee.  There will be a special performance by veteran Ben Peterson of Engage Your Destiny as well. Veterans wishing to attend can contact for a special veteran ticket discount.

The judging panel for the Indie Country Showdown is made up of industry professionals who have made significant contributions to the world of country music. Keith Burns, a founding member of the popular country band Trick Pony, brings his experience and expertise to the table. Virginia P. Brick, a member of the SESAC and former President of the Women's Music Business Association, adds her unique perspective as a champion of female artists and songwriters. Adam Cunningham, a contestant on NBC's hit show "The Voice," provides insight into what it takes to succeed in the world of reality TV music competitions. Finally, Tom Harding, a renowned producer who has worked with legends such as Dolly Parton, ZZ Top, Olivia Newton John, and Pam Tillis, brings his extensive knowledge of the recording process and industry expectations.

The 20 participating artists in the Indie Country Showdown represent the future of country music. These independent artists, who have worked tirelessly to hone their craft and build their careers, will have the opportunity to perform in front of industry professionals, peers, and fans. The competition will feature a diverse range of styles and subgenres within country music, showcasing the rich tapestry of talent that exists in the independent country music scene.

The Indie Country Showdown promises to be a thrilling event for both the artists and the audience. The competition will not only provide a platform for artists to demonstrate their talent but also offer valuable exposure and networking opportunities. The event will bring together fans, industry professionals, and artists in a celebration of the passion and dedication that drives the independent country music community.

As a bonus for the audience, one audience member will win an in-studio demo session with We The People Music Productions at the Speakeasy Recording Studio ($1195 value) or can apply $1195 toward a fully produced, mastered and radio ready track with number on songwriter and product Jason Wyatt, the We The People Team and Nashville’s best session players!

The Grand Prize winner will receive a Recording Session with We The People Music Productions ( and a Full Service Single Distribution To Radio via CDX Nashville (

The first-ever Center Stage Magazine Independent Country Artist competition, the Indie Country Showdown, hosted by Missy Wolf, is set to make a lasting impact on the country music scene. By providing a platform for independent artists to showcase their talent, the competition will help to shape the future of country music. The event will take place in the iconic Caba Ray venue, with a panel of esteemed judges, and promises to be a memorable and exciting experience for all involved. 

Nashville, Tennessee has long been known as the heart of country music, and this year's Indie Country Showdown promises to be one of the most exciting events in the city's rich musical history. The competition brings together some of the most talented and promising country music artists from across the region, all vying for the chance to be crowned the best of the best. While the artists battle it out on stage, the true winners will be the fans. The Indie Country Showdown is a celebration of the rich and diverse world of country music, and a chance for music lovers of all ages to come together and experience the very best that Nashville has to offer. So whether you're a die-hard fan or a curious newcomer, be sure to mark your calendars and get ready for four nights of unforgettable music and entertainment. Plus, there will be exclusive performances from surprise guest artists. Get your tickets now at


Week 1 Contestants:

Eric Burgett, Corey Davis, Jay Jones, Brooklyn Summer, Kayla Wass, and Charlotte Morris

Guest Performances by Bryan Martin, Keith Burns and Donovan Chapman with special guest Abby Leigh Anderson (Bobby Jones Show)

Week 2 Contestants:

Doug Miolen, Kendra Neece, Mia Brown, Ethan Vincil, Jon Statham, CJ Garton, and Chad Wilson

Guest Performances by Keith Burns and Rick Monroe and The Hitmen with special guest Abby Leigh Anderson (Bobby Jones Show)

Week 3 Contestants: 

Allie Lamb, Brooke Spencer, Lexi Lew, Seth Alexander, Andy Pursell, John Haywood, Charlie McNeal

Guest Performances by Keith Burns and Boomtown Saints with special guest Abby Leigh Anderson (Bobby Jones Show)

Week 4 Contestants: 

Week 4 is the finale!  The winners of weeks 1 through 3 will compete to be the Indie Country Showdown Grand Champion!

Guest Performances by Keith Burns and Jimmy Wayne with special guest Abby Leigh Anderson (Bobby Jones Show)


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About Missy Wolf

Missy Wolf Co-Founder, Editor, Journalist & Vice President of the American Country Music Association

From an early age I knew music and entertainment were in my blood. I have always been enamored with the idea of being in this industry, though I never wanted to be a front and center "Star". Taking the audience behind the scenes for up close conversations with the artists they love is where I want to be. Life in lyrics has always been my style, so as my favorite country artist Wade Hayes sings, I am living my life and chasing my dreams! Conducting interviews, meeting talented people and sharing stories and adventure are my passion. My new favorite hashtag is #iaskyouanswer, so stay tuned for more interviews, articles and adventures!