Shania Twain, Jake Owen and Travis Tritt have selected 21 up-and-coming country acts to feature during the first season of Real Country, a new country music showcase TV show coming to the USA Network in mid-November.
During each episode of Real Country, three acts will compete for a prize of $10,000, a performance slot at the Stagecoach Festival and a chance to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Trace Adkins, Wynonna Judd and Big & Rich will all be celebrity guests; additionally, Willie Nelson will also make a special appearance, and additional guest stars are to be announced. Graham Bunn, a radio DJ who most recently worked in Los Angeles, Calif., will host the show.
Which of the 21 emerging artists have the talent and grit to make it all the way through? The Boot is ready to bet on a few of them -- keep reading to find out who.
Scooter Brown BandPicked By: Travis Tritt
Brown is a former U.S. Marine who deployed twice before moving first to Texas and then to Nashville to chase his musical dreams. The talented singer-songwriter caught the ear of country legend Charlie Daniels, who appears on the song "American Son" with Brown and his band. A mix of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Dierks Bentley, Brown brings some rock 'n' roll-meets-Americana flavor to his music.
Songwriter extraordinaire Dreyer has made a name for herself in Nashville as a sought-after co-writer. She contributed to Luke Bryan's No. 1 hit "Home Alone Tonight," which features Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild, among other big songs.
These guys are not only talented, they're also a heckuva lot of fun. The Davisson Brothers Band hold tight to their Appalachian roots (they're West Virginia natives), and their backwoods loyalty has earned them international acclaim (they're a big hit in Australia) and a dedicated fan following. More reasons to love them? They never play the same setlist twice, they are working on a reality TV show, and they hang out with guys like Chris Janson and Dustin Lynch.
Savannah KeyesPicked By: Jake Owen
Keyes' gentle twang is a sweet contradiction to the contemporary themes of her songwriting. She's worked as a radio host and correspondent for Radio Disney and, at the age of 13, she appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' TV show. Keyes' sense of humor and talent shines through in her songwriting and performances; she's also a part of the Song Suffragettes, Nashville's heavy-hitting consortium of female songwriters and performers.
The Young Fables -- the duo of Laurel Wright and Wes Lunsford -- have opened on the road for Lauren Alaina, Josh Turner, Rascal Flatts, the Band Perry, the Charlie Daniels Band and more. Their polished, modern country sound and style could make them the next big power pair in Nashville.