PRESTONSBURG – The Country Music Highway Museum, located in Paintsville, will host the fifth annual Country Music Highway Road to Fame 2016 auditions.
Previous winners have included Logan Hall (2012), Holly Thompson (2013), Jason Goble (2014), and Whitley Tate (2015).
Auditions will be held at various locations along Country Music Highway U.S. 23: Sunday, April 10 – Ashland – Fannin’s Auto, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, April 14 – Prestonsburg – Comfort Suites, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, April 17 – Louisa – Community Center, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, April 24 – Pikeville – East Kentucky Expo Center, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, April 28 – Hazard – Hampton Inn, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and Friday, April 29 – Paintsville – Sipp Theatre, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
“Living in a small area the opportunities for someone to be discovered is not plenty,” said Thomas Layne, of Betsy Layne. “Eastern Kentucky includes the hometowns of many great country music singers such as Loretta Lynn, Chris Stapleton, and Billy Ray Cyrus. My dream is to be a singer and this year I have decided to audition and hopefully begin my journey and someday get my name somewhere along the Country Music Highway.”
Contestants must be between the ages of 13 and 45. Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Contestants must live or have been born in a US 23 county or neighboring county. Proof of age and residence must be presented at the time of registration. Auditions are closed allowing only the person auditioning and the judges in the room. All singers must sing Acapella.
The top 20 contestants selected by the judges will advance to the qualifying round. For more information, call 1-800-844-4704.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606/886-8506.