The 4th Annual Rusty Wier Singer / Songwriter Competition will hold its Grand Finale this Sunday, Feb. 23rd, at Love and War in Texas in Plano. This Singer / Songwriter competition began with auditions the first week in November, while the actual contest started on Dec.1st, 2013. Each Sunday a group of contestants performed three original songs before the judges. A winner was not chosen weekly, the eliminations were made by the judges' scores taken each week. Judges for this competition are Brett Dillon - KHYI and contest coordinator, Roger Russell - Dallas Songwriting Association, Mary Jane Farmer - Scene In Town and Dig It Deep Music, and Trisha Aker, Rusty Wier’s significant other.
Last week, it was down to twelve semi-finalists - Jason Lovell, Justin Alan Pickard, Cole Risner, Tin Man Travis, Ty Young, Danny Zagotta, Shannon Choate, Town Walsh, Scott Sean White, Chad Purdom, David Byboth, and Byron Dowd. For the final elimination round, each contestant performed three original songs plus a cover of one Rusty Wier song.
Moving on into the final round, the Grande Finale this Sunday, are Justin Alan Pickard, Jason Lovell, Scott Sean White, Byron Dowd, David Byboth, Danny Zagotta, and Chad Purdom. Since there are seven on this list, as opposed to the proposed six, there apparently was a tie when the scoring was totalled. Out of the nearly 100 entrants to the 4th Annual Rusty Wier Singer / Songwriter Competition, one winner will be chosen. Some of the prizes to be awarded to the final winner are a Kona Guitar, an interview by Brett Dillon on KHYL Radio which will include the broadcasting of two live songs, season pass to the 2014 Shiner Sundays at Love and War in Texas, and the opportunity to open for a national "big name" act on a Shiner Sunday broadcasting live on KHYI 95.3 FM, plus more.
I plan on being at Love and War in Texas in Plano Sunday to support my personal favorite, Justin Alan Pickard. Come on out to show support for your favorite musician. Love and War in Texas is located at 601 E. Plano Parkway in Plano, right off of Central Expressway. There is no cover charge for this event, which will begin at 5 p.m.