The Levelland Area Endowment has partnered with KLVT Radio to host The Texaco Country Showdown, talent search with all proceeds going to the endowment.
We are asking local businesses and community members to mark their calendars for September 17th, 2013 at the Tom T. Hall Studio at South Plains College Creative Arts Department, 6:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for SPC Students and $3 for children 12 and under and 2 and under are FREE.
The winner will walk away with $500 CASH, Local Texaco Country Showdown Title and move on to compete at the State competition , performing at the Burnett Cook-off in Burnett, TX.
This year we’re proud to welcome the following contestants to the stage:
Melissa Arnold, Carin Mari Lechner, Dakota Earnest, Matt Ellis, Vickie Diedrick and Leah Catherine Thompson.
Also taking the stage to entertain the crowd are non-judged performers Rusty Hudelson and Tania Moody.
Thank you to those who have so generously donated and helped to plant the seeds that will support our Hockley County non-profits.
Dakota Earnest, from Plains, is the 17 year old daughter of Michael
and Kellie Earnest. She has two brothers, Landon and Carson. She has been performing since the age of 9. She has performed with
the sounds of Texas, the Johnny High Show, and around west Texas
with her dad’s band. She is currently the Miss Teen Lubbock County,
receiving 4th runner up at the 2011 Miss Teen Texas pageant. She
is also a member of the United States gymnastics team and has
competed in over thirteen foreign countries and is a hopeful for the
Leah Catherine Thompson is an aspiring young actor and singer currently based in
both Shreveport, Louisiana and Silverthorne, Colorado. Her recent roles feature Leah
portraying lively and musical characters, Veruca Salt and Village Girl from Peter Pan
Player’s productions of Willy Wonka and Jungle Book, respectively, and Jasmine from
Lake Dillon Theatre Co’s production of Aladdin.
Leah was a finalist in the Artbreak Idol competition held in spring 2010 at the Shreveport
Convention Center. Participants of Artbreak Idol are required to sing from different
genres of music before a panel of judges from various musical backgrounds. Part of Your
World and God Bless The USA were two songs Leah performed for Artbreak Idol. Once
the finalists were announced they immediately had to begin choreography for a dance
number from Hairspray.
During the 2010 baseball season the Shreveport Captains baseball team invited Leah to
sing the National Anthem to open the game, and sing God Bless America at the bottom of
the 7th inning.
Videos of many of Leah Catherine Thompson’s performances are posted on youtube. Her
Youtube channel is YouTube.com/LeahThompsonMusic. Her webcam performance of
Miley Cyrus’s Party In The USA has well over 100,000 views.
In December 2010 Leah Catherine Thompson starred in a short film written by Roy
Houston and directed by Phillip Jordan Brooks. The film is called “Nobody But Her”
and is about an 8-year old girl and her grandmother. “Nobody But Her” has a growing
number of “LIKES” on Facebook and will be premiering in film festivals across the USA
beginning in spring 2011. Become a fan of the “Nobody But Her” facebook page by
Leah is currently working with Peter Pan Players, based in Shreveport Louisiana, where
she portrays the Orphan Annie in the musical, Annie. Show dates are Jan 14-16 and 21-
Under the supervision of her parents, Leah Catherine Thompson is working on her
own facebook page. Come be Leah’s friend on Facebook by visiting facebook.com/
Matt Ellis, from Wheeler, is not exactly sure what you wanted to
know,, something about my music history and stuff,,well the stuff
is…im a cowboy ,trained horses all my life,currently in the oilfield to
pay the bills,,,single and looking,,,,lol just in case,,bout 10yrs ago i
went and told my dad to show me 3 chords,hes played for ever…..well
i learned those 3 chords that weekend and played “red and rio
grande” then while i was learnin those 3 chords,,,,bout 5yrs later my
now ex wife didnt like my music,or my choice of songs,,,long story
short ,shes gone and i still got my songs,,,,,,,,,,,karaoke,and campfires
are the only places ive played till 2months ago…ive written about 4
songs ,one of which ill sing there,my music history is limited,,,,im not
good at my guitar but i like it,,,,not much better than a campfire and
some beer and that acoustic
Carin Mari Lechner is from Lubbock, TX.
Acclaimed as one of Western Music’s brightest hopes!
Carin Mari plays a style of music all her own.
She has won numerous awards including
North America Country Music Assoc., International
“2009 Entertainer of the Year” for Traditional Country.
She has a respect for the traditional western sound,
but strives to create her own refreshing sound
that appeals to the lovers of the traditional western music,
Her music is a reflection of her values,
and love for the Western way of life!
as well as those new to the genre.
Check out TRUE WEST (March 2012) magazine to read the review of Michael Martin
Murphey’s – “Tall Grass Cool Water” and see what they say about Carin. You’ll also get
to read about her views on some Western issues … not a bad picture of her either!
Vickie Diedrick, is from Fort Worth texas… she’s been around music all
her life.. And started really pursuing about 10 years ago.. I’ve been playing
guitar for about 3 years..I’ve been in a few local bands but nothing big to
speak of… I’m a mother of one daughter and I’ve lived in Texas all my life.
Melissa Arnold, from Lubbock, TX started performing on an actual
stage at the age of six. Before that, my parent’s living room was
my stage! Now I’m 24 and still perform whenever I can! I was
very fortunate and got to grow up overseas since my dad is a US
government employee. I spent most of my childhood in Germany and
am also fluent in the German language.
In 2011, I received a Bachelor of Music from Texas Tech University.
I pride myself in my versatility; while I was classically trained during
my time at Tech, I do not limit myself to classical singing only. My goal
is to sing and travel the world! I love performing and being on stage
because of how fulfilling it is and how much joy I have been able to
bring others with my performances. It is always nice to put a smile on
someones face, especially if they have been having a bad day.
I have been a part of a variety of performing opportunities, including
rodeo events, church choirs, and military memorial services. Some of
my performance highlights are the role of Eponine in Les Miserables
and Cupid in Orpheus in the Underworld. I have also been a part of
the ensemble in several other music theater and opera performances,
including Candide, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,
Annie Get Your Gun, The Magic Flute, and My Fair Lady.