Shania Twain, Jake Owen, Travis Tritt search for 'Real Country' star
By Cindy Watts
November 26, 2018
Country singers Shania Twain, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen know what it takes to make it in the music business, and now they’re putting their collective knowledge to use in search of the genre’s next star.
The star-packed trio serves as panelists on USA Network’s new country music showcase and talent competition, “Real Country,” which airs 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Each celebrity selected a group of contestants to go head-to-head with singers chosen by the other two stars. Three up-and-comers perform per episode, and a combination of guest panelists and audience vote determines the winner. At the end of the season, the winners from each episode will compete to win $100,000 and a performance spot on the Grand Ole Opry.
“I’ve been in the industry 45 years,” Twain said. “I think by now I know what the audience wants. I’m not here to please the industry. I’m here to get out there and do music that connects with people. I’m doing this show to take action toward change. This — art, music — should be all about inclusion. There’s no room for exclusivity in art. Art is a form of expression, communication between artist and public.”
Filmed in Nashville, "Real Country" contestants include singer-songwriter Jamie Floyd, who wrote Ashley Monroe’s “The Blade”; Jaida Dreyer, who penned the Luke Bryan, Karen Fairchild chart-topper “Home Alone Tonight”; and popular Nashville performer Scooter Brown.
“Everybody that I worked with, from the producers to the artists, everybody was great,” Brown said of his experience on “Real Country.” “Any artist they had on the show on any given day could have won, depending on who was in the audience. For Travis to pick me for the show meant a lot, and to see his reaction to my performance made it all worth it. I’d do it again.”
Tritt explained the singers who were selected to appear on the show “aren’t rookies” and that they know who they are as artists and where they fit into the creative landscape.
“We’re giving them an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of a huge audience across the world on television,” Tritt said. “I feel very confident that there’s going to be record label deals, there’s going to be publishing deals, there’s going to be booking agent deals that come because of this show.”
For more information on “Real Country,” visit www.usanetwork.com/realcountry.