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East Texans Vie For Country Music Stardom

One by one, young and old, took to the stage and poured out their hearts.

"I just want to do music for the rest of my life," said Travis Bozarth.  For the men and women who showed up to Sharon Temple in Tyler, Sunday, country music is king.  East Texas Classic Country 104.1 The Ranch, hosted the competition for the 27th Annual Colgate Country Showdown and anticipation was high.

"I've been on stage several hundred times," said contestant Bozarth.  "This one has much more of a hold on my life than most [competitions], so I think that was why I was so nervous."  For Yesterhill, a young band made up of two teachers, an engineer and a power plant operator, it was their first competition.

"We didn't initially have a goal in mind," said band vocalist Nate Compton.  "We all love music, and we just want to play."

"I've headed back to my roots and put on my boots again," said Lyndsey Simmons, another contestant.  During the competition, contestants had to give it their all.  One of the judges, Robin Hood Brians, said it was more than just singing. 

"It's about entertaining, stage presence and personality," said Brains.  Simmons said it was a real interesting and career-shaping experience.  Like many, she hoped to polish her skills, and looked to live her 15 minutes in the spotlight.

"It'd be nice to be out there in front of a million people," said Bozarth.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com

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