Texas Country Music Cruise Battle for the Band

Imagine this: You’re about to set sail on the fabulous Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas featuring some of today’s biggest Texas Country Music Acts. You’ve got a week full of Texas-sized adventures coming your way along with stops in 3 beautiful ports. What could possibly make this trip any better? HOW ABOUT GETTING  TWO CABINS ON THAT CRUISE FOR FREE AND YOUR BAND GETTING TO OPEN FOR CRUISE HEADLINERS BART CROW AND RECKLESS KELLY?!?!?!

That’s right!  The Texas Music Cruise is looking for one more band to join their already fantastic lineup and that opportunity could be yours through the Texas Country Music Cruise Battle for the Band!

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Here’s how it works:

1st round:  Full Band Video Performance Round 

Submit a full band performance video along with your contact information on the entry form at the bottom of the page and your entry fee before midnight on March 1st. Videos will then be judged by the staff at Texas Music Pickers, along with some industry personnel (talent buyers, professional songwriters, producers, etc…) in 4  categories: vocals, music, songwriting and stage presence. 

While the submission will not be judged on video production quality, the band should be able to be clearly seen and clearly heard.  The video must also be of an original song and can contain multiple songs; but do not have to. Videos from venues, band practice, or anything in-between are all acceptable.  What’s most important is that the instruments and vocals can clearly been heard.  You can check out the type of videos best suited for contest submission from some of the artists already a part of the Texas Music Cruise lineup here: http://www.texasmusicpickers.com/example-videos/i

After all video submissions are scored and ranked, the top 8 acts will be selected to advance to round 2.  All contestants advancing will be notified no later than March 15th. 


Round 2: The Acoustic Performance Round

Front-men and women from the top 8 bands advancing from the Video Performance Round, will then get the opportunity to take part in the Acoustic Performance Round during Texas Music Pickers’ Pickin’ & Peelin’ Music Festival at The Tap on April 28th.  Each contestant will get a 15 minute time slot and contestants will be judged by in 5 categories:  vocals, music, songwriting, crowd engagement and stage presence by music industry representatives.

  • All performances are solo acoustic (or 1 player and 1 singer)
  • All songs played during the Acoustic Performance Round must be original
  • If artists exceed their 15 minute time-slot, it may result in disqualification

April 28th Schedule (Day 1 of Pickin’ & Peelin’ Music Festival):

6:15-6:30- Contestant 1

6:35-6:50 -Contestant 2

6:55-7:10  Contestant 3

7:15-7:30 – Contestant 4

7:35-7:50 – Contestant 5

7:55-8:10- Contestant 6

8:15-8:30- Contestant 7

8:35-8:50 – Contestant 8

8:55 – 9:10 – Contestant 9

9:15 – 9:30 Contestant 10

9:30 – 9:40 Audience Vote

9:45 – Direct Support for Read Southall

10:30 – Winner is announced

10:45 – Read Southall

*The winner will receive 2 inside cabins (for4 people total), meals and non-alcoholic beverages while on the cruise and will open up for Bart Crow and Reckless Kelly.  

The opportunity to play at The Tap at Texas Music Pickers Pickin’ & Peelin’ Music Festival before Read Southall and get the chance to win 2 cabins on a 7 day Caribbean cruise and open up for Texas legends Bart Crow and Reckless Kelly….Well what are you waiting for????




Author: Chris Fox

Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I'am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.

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