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Meet Dakota Cummins: Battle for the Big O Finalist #6 [Video]

In late June, Dakota Cummins and Eddie Goins were in Owensboro for ROMP.  During their trip they happened to stop by Towne Square Mall at the same time we were setting up for our final Battle for the Big O audition.  Eddie came over to me and asked what was going on.  He saw the stage, the sound equipment and the judges' table, so he knew something was up.  I explained to him that we were searching for an act to open the 2012 Big O Music Fest starring Blake Shelton.  So, Eddie quickly turned to Dakota and said, "Wanna go back to the hotel and get your mandolin?"  Dakota said, "Sure."  And we're sure glad they did!  Check this out!  AMAZING!!

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Ryan Hayden & The Bourbon Barrel Band: Battle for Big O Finalists #5 [Video]

A couple of weeks ago here at WBKR.com, we introduced you to our first four finalists for the 2012 Battle for the Big O, our exciting talent competition in which we find an act to open the Big O Music Festival coming up August 18th at Reid's Orchard.  Now, we're going to start introducing you to the rest of the acts in the running for our $500 grand prize.  Meet Ryan Hayden & The Bourbon Barrel Band from Owensboro!  They showed up at our open-call audition at Towne Square Mall and rocked out "Liza Jane."  WATCH!

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Big O Headliner: BLAKE SHELTON (image from Blake's Facebook page)
Big O Headliner: BLAKE SHELTON (image from Blake's Facebook page)
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Get Your Tickets for The Battle for the Big O!!

The field is set.  Now, let the BATTLE begin!  Tickets are on sale NOW for the 2012 Battle for the Big O, Saturday, August 4th at Diamond Lake Campground's "Good Time" Theatre!  It's American Idol meets Nashville Star meets WBKR and it's one of the most entertaining shows you'll see all year!   And the musical acts we have lined up this season are PHENOMENAL!!  Throughout the month of June, we held a series of "open-call" auditions to find the best musical talent the tri-state has to offer.  We had some amazing acts show up and qualify for this special finale event.  To find out who made the cut and to get your tickets for the show, KEEP READING or click HERE!!

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WBKR Battle for the Big O Finalist #4: Jenny Beth Willis [Video]

Here at WBKR.com, we are thrilled to introduce you to the finalists for the 2012 Battle for the Big O presnted by Henderson Chevy Buick GMC.  Our finale event is 7pm, Saturday, August 4th at Diamond Lake Campground and Resort and 8 regional acts will “battle” it out for $500 and the chance to open the Big O Music Festival.  Tickets for that event are $9.25 and go on sale Monday, July 9th at WBKR studios, WBKR.com and Diamond Lake.  Today’s featured finalist is the only female act to make the cut this year!  This is Jenny Beth Willis from Owensboro, KY!

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WBKR Battle for the Big O Finalist #3: Brian Hart [Video]

Here at WBKR.com, we are thrilled to introduce you to the finalists for the 2012 Battle for the Big O presnted by Henderson Chevy Buick GMC.  Our finale event is 7pm, Saturday, August 4th at Diamond Lake Campground and Resort and 8 regional acts will “battle” it out for $500 and the chance to open the Big O Music Festival.  Tickets for that event are $9.25 and go on sale Monday, July 9th at WBKR studios, WBKR.com and Diamond Lake.  Today’s featured finalist is Brian Hart from Henderson, KY!  Check him out!

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WBKR Battle for the Big O Finalist #2: Rodney Watts [Video]

Here at WBKR.com, we are thrilled to introduce you to the finalists for the 2012 Battle for the Big O presnted by Henderson Chevy Buick GMC.  Our finale event is 7pm, Saturday, August 4th at Diamond Lake Campground and Resort and 8 regional acts will "battle" it out for $500 and the chance to open the Big O Music Festival.  Tickets for that event are $9.25 and go on sale Monday, July 9th at WBKR studios, WBKR.com and Diamond Lake.  Today's featured finalist is Rodney Watts, from Vine Grove, KY!  Check him out!

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images
Rick Diamond, Getty Images
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Final Battle For Big O Audition Saturday!

It's all come down to this.  One more audition.  One more shot at the Battle For The Big O finale event which is coming up Saturday, August 4th at Diamond Lake Campground and Resort

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Battle for Big O Auditions Friday at Jimbo's Sports Bar (Image from Facebook)
Battle for Big O Auditions Friday at Jimbo's Sports Bar (Image from Facebook)
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Battle for The Big O Resumes Tonight at Jimbo’s

The 2012 Battle for the Big O continues this week with back-to-back auditions Friday and Saturday!  Our audition rounds kicked off about a week ago at The Sandbar in Owensboro and we want to send a huge CONGRATULATIONS out to Rodney Watts of Vine Grove, Kentucky and Daniel Epperson of Rockport, Indiana!   Both qualified for our grand finale on Saturday, August 4th at Diamond Lake Campground and Resort.  We're looking for an act to open The Big O Music Fest in August.  That's right!  Our champion is going to win $500 and get the chance to open for Blake Shelton, Tracy Lawrence, Jo Dee Messina, Gloriana, Lo Cash Cowboys, Joanna Smith, and WBKR's very own Jaclyn Graves.  We have three open auditions left with two coming up this week at Jimbo's Sports Bar and Owensboro RV! 

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From The Sandbar's Facebook Page
From The Sandbar's Facebook Page
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Battle For The Big O Auditions Begin Friday at The Sandbar

The Battle for the Big O is back!  And our 2012 audition season begins THIS Friday night, June 8th, at The Sandbar on West 9th Street in Owensboro.  We are looking for a music act to open the Big O Music Festival coming up August 18th at Reids Orchard in Owensboro.  One lucky winner is going to pocket $500 and open for Blake Shelton, Tracy Lawrence, Jo Dee Messina, Gloriana, Lo Cash Cowboys, Joanna Smith, and WBKR's very own Jaclyn Graves.  If you think you have the talent to take the stage, keep reading for official Battle For The Big O rules!

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The Big O Music Fest (Big O Official Facebook page)
The Big O Music Fest (Big O Official Facebook page)
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Battle For The Big O Auditions Announced!

It is back!  The Battle For The Big O presented by Henderson Chevy Buick GMC returns to The Country Station, 92.5 WBKR!  This is YOUR chance to win $500 and open for Blake Shelton, Tracy Lawrence, Jo Dee Messina and others at the 2012 Big O Music Fest at Reid's Orchard, Saturday, August 18th.  We are pleased to announce our first round of audition dates and official rules for the contest.  If you know someone who has the talent to share the stage with some of the biggest names in country music . . . KEEP READING!!

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Mudd River Union Rules The Night!
Mudd River Union Rules The Night!
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MUDD RIVER UNION: Battle For The Big O Champs!

The finale of the Battle for the Big O took place Saturday night at Diamond Lake's GOOD TIME Theatre and it was a GOOD time!  13 incredible acts all took to the stage to battle it out at the mic for $500 and the right to open The Big O Music Fest this Saturday at Reids Orchard. Our four judges (Mike Spurgeon from Henderson Chevrolet, Melanie Leach from Townsquare Media, Steve Terry from The Big O Music Fest, and WBKR's very own Barb Birgy) had the daunting task of picking a winner in front of a near-capacity crowd.  But, the final group of the night, Muhlenberg County's MUDD RIVER UNION, made the judges' job easy.  They not only won the judges' votes, they took command of the crowd and won their hearts and votes as well!

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Battle For The Big O Finalists In The Studio This Week

The Battle For The Big O is Saturday at Diamond Lake's Good Times Theater. And this week on my Midday Show...you can meet the 13 finalists!!

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