Calling All Singers & Songwriters

Golden Career Opportunity: Haggard to judge Bosque Arts Center Texas Troubadour Country Music Songwriting Competition, entry deadline extended to Aug. 17

CLIFTON – It takes a lot of talent, a lot of long days and nights playing your music and a little bit of luck to break through in the music industry. Whereas Nashville, Tennessee is the Mecca for country music, Clifton, Texas offers a golden opportunity for songwriters with their annual Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic competition.

All you have to do is catch the judge’s attention with your song and performance, and maybe your path to more success opens up. Past judges of the contest included Michael Martin Murphey, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Red Steagall, and Suzy Bogguss with Doug Crider – all veterans in the music industry with large networks and masses of connections.

This year’s judge Marty Haggard will be no exception. And yes, he’s related – he happens to be the son of country music legend Merle Haggard.

Besides the recognition of a big name country music star, winners can receive $3,000 in cash prizes. So singer/songwriters out there, in Texas and beyond, it’s time to sign up for this incredible chance to wow the crowd and the judge.

Deadline to enter has been extended: To be considered for the live event, singer/songwriters are requested to submit at least three songs and a video performance by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 17.

Entry fees are $15 per song entered online and $20 per song entered on CD. A one-time $15 fee is required for consideration for the Troubadour live performance competition.

The Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic, a contest for country music songwriters and singer/songwriters now in its eighth year, awards a $1000 Song of the Year prize for mp3 or CD entries submitted in the online portion of the competition. Songwriters need not be the singer on the recording for the award. 

In the live portion of the contest held in November, Haggard will select his top choice of the singer/songwriter finalists for the $1500 grand prize for Texas Troubadour, while the audience will vote on the $500 People's Choice Award. Winners headline the live concert event on Nov. 6, 2021.

In addition to the prize money, Troubadour winners and finalists have often been hired as openers for major acts as well as headliners for their own events. Carl Hutchens, 2014 Troubadour winner, returned to open for Larry Gatlin, while 2017 winner Brian Barrett opened for Gene Watson in 2018 and has since returned with his band for two Big Event dances. Zac Clifton, winner in 2019, will return to Clifton in September to open for T. Graham Brown.

For detailed information, those interested can visit or call 254.675.3724.


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