Country Battle USA

A two-day battle of country and western bands called, “Country Battle USA.” There will be 6 bands allowed to compete, and $15,000 in prize money – winner takes all. The winner will perform during a street dance finale on Saturday night.

Your band could win 15K! Compete in Country Battle USA on August 14th and 15th, 2020 at Kanab’s Western Legends Heritage and Music Festival in Southern Utah. Six bands will play in this two-day, winner-takes-all, country western music competition. The winning band gets 15 thousand dollars, a street dance party, and bragging rights.

6 Bands Battle for $15,000, winner takes all!
Do you have what it takes?!?

When: Friday, Aug 14, 2020
&
Saturday, Aug 15, 2020

Country Battle USA is a two-day battle of country and western bands being played on North Main Street in Kanab, Utah. There will be 6 bands and $15,000 in prize money- winner takes all. The winner will perform during a street dance finale on Saturday night.
Country Battle USA Band Line-up 2020

** Winner of Country Battle USA will be announced at 8 pm Saturday, August 15 on the Main Street Stage where the winning band will set up and play for the street dance.**

 

Country Battle USA 2020 Band Schedule 

  • 15 minutes to get onstage
  • 45 minutes playtime
  • 15 minutes to get offstage

 

Friday

Richie Kissinger – 10:00 am

Skylar Geer – 11:15 am

Thrillbilly Deluxe – 12:30 pm

Red Dirt Girls – 1:45 pm

Lacie Mae Band – 3:00 pm

Stranded Tourists – 4:15 pm

Please enjoy the Western Legends Rodeo! 7pm at the Kaneplex Arena

 

Saturday

Stranded Tourists – 9:30 am

Thrillbilly Deluxe – 10:45 am

 

– High Noon Parade –

 

Red Dirt Girls – 1:00 pm

Lacie Mae Band – 2:15 pm

Skylar Geer – 3:30 pm

Richie Kissinger – 4:45 pm

End at 6 pm

 

**Winner of Country Battle USA to be announced a 6:30 pm.**

 

Please stay to enjoy our 2019 Country Battle USA Winner Chris Petersen’s performance at 7pm. 2020 Country Battle USA Winner will also be announced at 6:30 pm to play at 9:30 pm.

 

Band Bios

 

Skylar Geer

Skylar Geer is a Singer Songwriter From Sandy, Utah. He Mixes Traditional Country with that Southern Rock Texas Country Sound.

He Lived in Nashville for a few years working on performing and songwriting to better build his craft. His Music can be found on all social streaming platforms. His Live performance has something for everybody, including original music and classic covers we all know and love.

He’s got a classic voice your Grandma will love and the rock sound that’ll get Grandpa up and out of his chair to dance! 

 

Red Dirt Girls

Lacey Rogers and Lyndy (Rogers) Butler have been singing together their whole lives, sister singtime is a solace, a refuge, a settling of the soul. Singing in harmony to old country classics like Roy Rogers’ “Don’t Fence Me In” Traditional Gospel Hymns, and Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals has always been home to this desert duo. It wasn’t until 2019, when life changes brought the two back to the Southern Utah red dirt they grew up in, that they began writing their own songs. Detailing their journey as sisters, from the beginning.  Red Dirt Girls’ self-titled debut album is set to be released August 19, 2020. Their melodies are made from ashes, the red dust you empty from your boots, star stuff and wild dreams. Theirs is contentment without a crescendo. They have smiles you can’t fake and sorrows you wouldn’t want to. Let them each take one of your hands and tell you about what it means to be alive.”

 

Stranded Tourists

The Stranded Tourists is a lively Country band with deep roots in authentic Western music. This eight piece ensemble features four powerful vocalists, a pedal steel, a state champion fiddle player and a slew of innovative original songs and arrangements. The Stranded Tourists regularly perform for corporate events, dances, and as the cast for an original stage production, Country Legends. Musical selections cover everything from the first hit Country Song all the way through the present.

 

Thrillbilly Deluxe

Formed in 2011 THRILLBILLY DELUXE have been setting dance floors on fire with their hand picked covers of mainstream country artists as well as their own original songs. Thrillbilly Deluxe is a four- piece country rock ensemble that’s been entertaining their fans with their high energy, boot stompin, rousing performances that’s going to keep you wanting more. A few highlighted performances include NFR, Opening for Brett Young and Joe Nichols for Country in the Park, Country in the Cove with LoCash, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Zac Brown Band after Parties and Las Vegas Motor Speed Way Bullring Awards.

 

Lacie Mae Band

Rising Southern California country music stars and 2019 Ventura County Music Award Winners, the Lacie Mae Band has accomplished much in their music career, including opening for country icons Jerrod Niemann, Tyler Farr, Raelynn, and Justin Moore, as well as headlining shows at famous country venues and festivals across California. They are made up of incredibly talented, multi-award-winning musicians who are all singers and songwriters. This young group is proud to be here for their debut Utah show.

 

Richie Kissinger

Richard “Richie” Kissinger is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Bloomsburg, PA. After attending both Berklee College of Music and Belmont University in Nashville, Richie moved to Provo, UT in 2013 to refine his skills and gain a following after watching the success of Provo-based bands Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees. In March 2014, Richie released his first EP “Untouchable”, produced by Adam Kaiser. Richie currently resides in Provo, Utah.

Country Battle USA

Rules and Regulations:

Eligibility:

Music must be Western, Country or Country Pop.

Demo music must be submitted to Kane County Events in a MP3 format or a link to your music.

Bands must submit a completed application by July 21st, 2020 at 5pm to be considered. This allows time for all chosen bands to be included in our advertisements.

If your band is picked to be one of the 6 bands competing, we will pay you $1,000. If you are the winner of Country Battle USA, you will receive your $1,000 check for performing throughout the weekend and a $14,000 check for winning CBU, coming to a total of $15,000. You will be handed a check after you perform!

Country Battle USA is a live music, band/group competition. No solo singers or DJ/mixers will be considered. Band/group size must be at least three (3), but no more than eight (8) musical performers.

Bands selected to compete must perform for 45 minutes. No tracking or lip-syncing will be allowed.

You may have up to 50% of your song be Cover songs.

You may perform a different set each day, or choose to perform the same set both days.

You will have 15 min to get on stage and set up, and 15 min to get off stage.

If you are chosen as one of the 6 Bands, you will need to:

o Have your stage plots and needs ready when the sound tech contacts you so that the transition on and off the stage goes smoothly.

o Provide a high resolution image of your band by July 21, 2020.

o Submit W9 (attached)

Western Legends Heritage and Music Festival is a family-friendly event and any band/group submitting an application for the Country Battle USA agrees to provide appropriate

entertainment. Event organizers reserve the right to disqualify a band/group for reasons

including, offensive lyrics, inappropriate dress or behavior, gang or offensive tattoos, depiction of violence or nudity or explicit activity. Violations will result in immediate disqualification from the competition.

Judging will be based on the following criteria on a scale of 1-10. Overall Performance

1) Overall Performance

2) Sound Quality

3) Playlist variety

4) Personality/crowd interaction

5) Appearance

6) Attitude and professionalism

There will be a panel of Judges that will give the band feedback immediately after your performance.

In order to ensure the fairest judging possible and removing any chance of judging bias there will be a panel of 5 judges and the highest and lowest score from each band will be thrown out and the 3 remaining judges scores will determine the score

Prizes:

$15,000 Winner takes all!

Performance:

If any member of a band/group is late for their performance time, the band may choose to perform without the late member(s) or forfeit their spot in the competition. If the whole band/group is late for their arrival time, they will be automatically disqualified.

Bands must provide all instrumentation and instrument amplification (guitar amp, base amp, etc)

All bands will be performing on both Friday August 14th and Saturday August 15th in Kanab Utah. To avoid Band Bias all 6 band slots will be drawn through an online generator.  The drawing and results will be shown live on our Facebook page. You will be given the info in advance where to go and watch the drawing if you are one of the 6 bands chosen to compete. If you are not willing to play both days, do not apply.

The winner will be announced Saturday evening during our Headliners Performance.  The winning band will be ready to set up and get on stage Saturday by 9 p.m. and perform Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and must play 1 1/2 hours time for winning payment and street dance.

Disclaimer:

By participating in Country Battle USA, all members of the band/group grant Kanab Western Legends Heritage and Music Festival permission to take, use, or publish photographs of them either with or without their names, in such manner as, in its sole discretion, Western Legends Heritage and Music Festival may deem proper, and further waive ownership interest in any photos or copies thereof.

Merchandise:

Each band is allowed to have a table with band merchandise (i.e. shirts, CDs, stickers, etc) for sale in designated areas during the competition.