Earlier in the afternoon, drummer Dale Jonas said everyone in the band was nervous and he gave them these words of advice: “If we’re to move on down the road, it will be because of God’s will. Otherwise, this is just another gig.”
Jonas was all smiles as he realized the road for the band continued out of Scottsburg — he along with the Short Notice Band’s only original member, Danny Walton, took the stage at Ross Country Jamboree with the other members after they were named the winner in the Kentuckiana round of the 2014 Country Showdown sponsored by 1220 AM WSLM COUNTRY.
“We’re very honored to have won today among all these great performers,” Walton said. “Everyone here could be where we’re at right now.”
The band will advance to the state finals, and possibly on to the regionals and to the National finals in Las Vegas.
“This is the 33rd Annual Country Showdown and 1220 AM WSLM COUNTRY is very proud to be associated with this organization,” said Becky White, WSLM owner and emcee for Sunday’s show at the Ross Country Jamboree in Scottsburg, IN.
“This is America’s largest Country music talent show,” said White. “It’s designed to find the most promising country music talent in the nation and to give these performers a chance to launch their professional music careers.”
15 acts took the stage Sunday afternoon with Walton’s band taking the top prize. Second place went to Austin’s Matt Williams and Amy Jo Potter from Coatesville, Indiana won third place.
“Every performer who got up on stage today was top notch,” said White, who partnered with Ron Ross to bring the show to Southern Indiana. “We help promote the Jamboree in Scottsburg. It’s one of the best kept secrets in Kentuckiana and everybody needs to come here. They won’t be disjointed at the music here.”
The Country Showdown begins each spring with over 450 local talent contests sponsored by country music radio stations throughout the US.
Winners advance to their respective State competitions held at leading fairs and venues.
Acts then compete for a $1,000 prize, the State Title and the opportunity to advance to one of five Regional Finals.
It’s the last step before the prestigious, televised National Final hosted by country music star Leanne Rhimes.
The audience cheers on the Regional Winners, as they compete for the Grand Prize of $100,000 and the title of “Best New Act in Country Music.”
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