Country Music Showdown

Country Music Showdown

Competition Overview 

Ekka's Country Music Showdown presented by Ringers Western sees musicians aged 12 years and over compete in the ultimate music experience; performing two songs at the XXXX Stockmen’s Bar and Grill on Sunday 14th August 2022.

In 2019, previous Showdown winner, Blake O’Connor, won the Toyota Star Maker, toured Australia with The McClymonts, released an album, and went on to be a two-time Golden Guitar Award nominee in 2020.

This year’s competition, where successful entrants will perform with a live band to a panel of industry expert judges includes a prize pool of over $10,000 with prize details yet to be announced. There are two categories: Junior and Open. For details on age requirements, refer to the competition T&Cs (see link under useful information).

Entry Requirements

To enter the competition, you will need to submit:

  • Two YouTube video links of song performances in the country music genre.
  • Song charts and the key of the songs you intend to perform at the Country Music Showdown. Charts need to be 1 to 2 pages maximum of lyrics with chords, a numbers chart, or lyrics with numbers. If you don’t supply charts, the backing band can write them for you at a cost.
  • A headshot and short bio (max 100 words) of your solo or duo act

Tips on entering:

  • If you are using your phone to record your entry, shoot in horizontal mode
  • No giant logos on your shirts or hats, or featured anywhere in the shot
  • Make sure you’ve got good lighting and quiet space so we can see and hear you


$10,000 + in cash and prizes including the Troy Cassar-Daley Scholarship.

More prize details yet to be announced.

2019 Winners

1st Place Open Winner - Felicity Kircher 

1st Place Junior Winner - Ella & Sienna

Important Dates
14 August 2022
Showdown Performances


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