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Carthage Civic Center


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The Showcase is named after John Ritter, Tex Ritter's actor son, because the family wanted to do something to help young people get started in the business. They knew Tex and John would both like this. Tryouts are first come first serve. Judges are professional musicians, singers or promoters who have been in the business for a long time. Contestants will be chosen to compete at the finals on the Friday before the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday each year. The winner will represent the TCMHOF the following year at various concerts and special events as the TCMHOF Ambassador.

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Chase Dawson, 2022 Showcase winner, presents Mary Clare Foley with the winner's trophy for 2023.

2023 Contestants



Abby Nabors Abby Nabors - "Rumor Has It" - 1st Runner-Up
Calera, OK
Adeline Byers Addy Byers - "Why Have You Left the One You Left Me For"

Pottsboro, TX

Anthony Price

Anthony Price - "Unwound" - 3rd Runner-Up
Texarkana, TX

Blair Kudelka

Blair Kudelka - "Cry Cry Cry"
Hallettsville, TX

Brady Rhodes Brady Rhodes - "Believe" - 2nd Runner-Up
Rosston, AR
Caitlin Drennan Caitlin Drennan - "Together Again"
Gilmer, TX
Courtney Woods Courtney Woods - "Til I Can Make it on My Own"
Lumberton, TX
Emily Blalock Emily Blalock - "American Honey"
Marshall, TX
Emily Bowdoin Emily Bowdoin - "A Picture of Me Without You"
Lindale, TX
Haywood Buras Haywood Buras - "Sold"
Carthage, TX
Kaitlyn Daniel Kaitlyn Anne Daniel - "Whenever You Come Around"
Lane, OK
Kaylynn Backus Kaylynn Stacy-Backus - "Stay"
Greenville, TX
Keaton Bradbury Keaton Bradbury - "I Don't Know a Thing About Love"
Marshall, TX
Kennison Rain Kennisyn Rain - "Little Rock"
Goldthwaite, TX
Kevin Davis Kevin Davis - "Fire Away"
Henderson, TX
Luke Moody Luke Moody - "Crazy Arms" - Fan Favorite
San Augustine, TX
Lyla Plumlee Lyla Plumlee - "Why Not Me"
Anna, TX
Madeline Ros Madeline Ros - "Swingin'" 
Pottsboro, TX
Mary Claire Mary Clare Foley- "If You Can"- WINNER
Sherman, TX
Nicole Fuentes Nicole Fuentes - "Anyway"
Sherman, TX
Olivia Harendt Olivia Harendt - "9 to 5"
Calera, OK
Presley West Presley West - "Two More Bottles of Wine"
Marshall, TX
Reggie Stacy Reggie Stacy - "Tennessee Whiskey"
Bronson, FL
Sam Brannan Sam Brannan - "Get Rhythm"
White Oak, TX
Steeli Bryce Steeli Bryce Wilbanks - "You Ain't Woman Enough"
Heath, TX
Stella Wieser Stella Wieser - "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden"
Austin, TX
Taylor Ries Taylor Ries - "Folsom Prison Blues"
Nacogdoches, TX
Thomas Keith Thomas Keith - "She's Actin' Single"
Vernon, TX
Tori Windham Tori Windham - "Angel from Montgomery"
Shelbyville, TX
Zoey Green Zoey Green - "Before I'm Over You"
Carthage, TX


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2022 Showcase Winners

Chase Dawson from Gary, Texas
     Singing "My Next Broken Heart"
1st Runner Up
     Hunter Collins singing "Goodbye Time"
2nd Runner Up
    Abby Nabors singing "Forever Love"
3rd Runner Up
    Mary Clare singing "Stand by Your Man"
Fan Favorite 
    Keaton Bradbury singing "Grandpa"

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2021 Showcase Winners

Zac Clifton from Wharton, Texas
     Singing George Jones "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes"
1st Runner Up
    Abby Nabors singing "Broken Wing"
2nd Runner Up
    Lilliana Lassetter singing "Heaven Heartache & the Power of Love"
3rd Runner Up
    Sabrina Scott singing "Tennessee Whiskey"
Fan Favorite - Tie
    Michael Christian singing "Neon Moon" &
    Chase Dawson singing "Where Corn Don't Grow"

 Photos courtesy of Don's Photograp

2019 Showcase Winners

Bailey Rae from Roberta, Oklahoma
   Sang "Always on my Mind" by Willie Nelson

1st Runner-Up
   Zac Clifton from East Bernard, Texas
   Sang "Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me" by Ray Price

2nd Runner-Up
   Adri Anna from Argyle, Texas
   Sang "Sweet Music Man" by Waylon Jennings

3rd Runner-Up
   Caitlin Drennan from Gilmer, Texas
   Sang "Together Again" by Buck Owens

Fan Favorite
   Chase Dawson from Gary, Texas
   Sang "Help Me Make it Through the Night" by Kris Kristofferson

2018 Winner-Melissa Evans
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1st Runner Up - Zac Clifton, East Bernard
2nd Runner Up - David Lewis
3rd Runner-Up Chase Dawson, Carthage

2017 Showcase Winner - Tiff Taylor

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2016 Showcase Winners

Scott Hampton - Winner
Colton Hall - 1st Runner Up
Sarah Humphries - 2nd Runner-Up
Darren Melton - 3rd Runner-Up


2015 Showcase Winners

Chris Colston - Winner
Ross Tyler Hodgson - 2nd Runner-Up
Colton Hall - 3rd Runner-Up
Tiffany Nicole Taylor - 4th Runner-Up
Darren Melton - Fan Favorite


2014 Showcase Winners

Fan Favorite - Chris Colston Top 5 - Winner Bailey Wesberry,
Hannah Bauman, Lauren Taylor,
Chris Colston, Tanner Young

Showcase Auditions

June 22, 2024, 9am 

Registration & Rules

903 694-9561

Showcase Competition

Friday, August 9, 2024

$20 - advance
$25 - at the door

Ticket Sales Contact: 

903 694.9561
310 W. Panola Street
Carthage, Texas

2023 Showcase Winner
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Mary Clare Foley
Sherman, Texas

Chase Dawson
Carthage, Texas 


Zac Clifton
Wharton, Texas

Bailey Rae
Roberta, Oklahoma

Melissa Evans
Longview, Texas

Tiff Taylor
Tiffany Taylor
McKinney, Texas

Scott Hampton
Longview, Texas

Chris Colston
Lindale, Texas

Bailey Wesberry
Terral, Oklahoma

Billie Jo Russell
Emory, Texas

Taylor Heard
Omaha, Texas

Holly Tucker
Lorena, Texas

Lindsey Harding
Longview, Texas

Kimberly Green
Whitehouse, Texas

Cheyane Smith
Ore City, Texas

Shane Mathews
San Augustine, Texas

Carissa Amberly
White Oak, Texas

Valerie Burns
Pine Mills, Texas

2022-Present Photos courtesy of
Star Cravin Photography

2005-2008 Photos courtesy of
Don's Photo
Carthage, TX 75633
903 693-9620