DENISON, TX - It comes from the heart and soil of Texoma. Red Dirt Country musicians came from both sides of the Red River to perform last night in Denison.
Steel Rose Owner, Daron Morris says, "It's something that we can be proud to call ours. Its not Austin, its not Nashville, its ours. It's right here, it's Red River and these are our hometown boys."
The "Singers, Song Writers, and Entertainers Showcase" brought together artists from across the region. They competed over the course of ten weeks, performing what Morris says is Red Dirt Country: "Its not large production, it's not someone else writing their music. These are guys sitting a home, writing about real life stuff."
On Wednesday night, after weeks of hard work and performances, the winner was announced and awarded a one thousand dollar cash prize.
An artist from Revena, Texas, winner Travis Sinecek says this competition was his first chance at live performance but he's not stopping here. Sinecek says, "I'm going keep trying to play everywhere I can. I hope I can play here more and anybody else who wants to listen to me. As long as people want to hear me, I guess I'll keep playing."
In the true form of Red Dirt Country, Sinecek says he draws inspiration from the life around him. Sinecek says, "I don't tell too many people, but a lot of the songs that I write are things that I've seen or things that I've experienced, or things that I feel. You know, I try to put it all to music."
Competition host and member of Red Dirk Country band "Willy Kickit," JD Massengale says, it was a competition like the one at Steel Rose that started his career.
Massengale says, "In 1976 Buddy Magazine put on an open mic there in Dallas and it was the first time I had been on that particular type of stage and to me that was a pivotal moment."
Massengale says, this competition gives young artists the exposure they need. Massengale says, "They spend their entire music careers sitting around a camp fire or out in the barn with their friends. These types of venues and opportunities give these guys a chance to come out."
Morris says, the plans for another competition are in the works and hopes to make the Steel Rose the home for Red Dirk Country in Texoma.