Competition Heats Up on CMT and at Puckett’s

cyd_group_shot1Ten final groups have been selected to compete in CMT’s Can You Duet. They will perform weekly at the Wildhorse Saloon, in front of  host Lance Smith and expert judge/mentors Naomi Judd, Big Kenny, and Big Machine Records Pres. and CEO Scott Borchetta, vying for a recording contract with Big Machine. The show premieres Sat., June 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.

The Top Ten duos are Chelsee & Rob (Chelsee Oaks, Rob Bolin); Harmon Creek (Spencer Bartoletti, Dessa Zuccaro); O’Shea (Mark O’Shea, Jay O’Shea); Steel Magnolia (Josh Jones, Meghan Linsey Moore); The Stellas (Brad Stella, Marylynne Stella); JB Rocket (Jonathan Cox, Brandon Green); Matt & Keeira (Matt Boggs, Keeira Lyn Ford); Abby & Holly (Abby Fender, Holly Jackson); Ryan & Avalon (Ryan Larkins, Avalon Peacock) and Memarie & Kassie (Memarie Gayle, Kassie Miller).

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Puckett’s Grocery in Franklin, Tenn. is hosting an open-mic songwriting contest every Tuesday through July 7. Songwriters are invited to come to the restaurant at 6 PM and sign up to perform for the voting audience and a small panel of industry judges. As a special bonus at the end of each event, a well known singer-songwriter will perform several of their hit songs while votes are being tabulated.

The semi-final round will be held Tuesday, July 14 from 7-9 pm, featuring the top fourteen singer-songwriters. At the final event, the top four will perform in the round on Tuesday July 21, at 7 pm. The winner receives  $500, and will play alongside of some of Nashville’s best known singer-songwriters on Friday, August 7, at 9 pm.

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