Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 3, 2014

Getting back on the ‘Road to Fame’

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — Hundreds of aspiring local musicians are expected to take their place in line for an audition to qualify for a shot at becoming the next big star in the Country Music Highway “Road to Fame” talent competition.

“The ‘Road to Fame’ talent search is looking for the next potential star to come from Kentucky’s famed Country Music Highway, an area with a vast musical heritage and home to many country stars for decades,” according to a statement by organizers.

During auditions, judges will choose 80 contestants to continue the journey and advance to one of four qualification rounds to be judged by a panel of independent music industry experts on May 17, 18 and 31 and June 1.

Auditions will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fannin Motors, 7405 U.S. 60, Summit; 2 p.m. Sunday at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, 75 Theatre Court, Prestonsburg; 11 a.m. April 12 at New Hilton Garden Inn, 831 Hambley Blvd., Pikeville; and 3 p.m. April 13 at Hampton Inn, 70 Morton Blvd., Hazard.

“We are excited to kick off another year with the 2014 ‘Road to Fame’ competition. It’s great to see the advancement and achievements of some of the former contestants. This year we will be kicking off PCG workshops to better prepare our RTF finalists. East Kentucky is a hotbed of extreme talent and we are glad to play a role in helping artists work toward their goals and dreams,” said Bernard Porter, president of PCG Nashville.

The winner will receive a grand-prize package, and the top 10 finalists will act as ambassadors representing the Country Music Highway at various events throughout the year to help promote the 2014 talent search.

For more information, visit cmhroadtofame.com or the CMHRoadToFame Facebook page, or call Terry Trimble at (606) 886-2374 or email him at terry.trimble@bigsandy.org.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.