Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

Invites you to Audition Live!
for the

John Ritter Tribute Showcase


Texas Country Music Hall of Fame
300 West Panola
Carthage, TX 75633 

  1. Auditions in order of arrival
  2. Report to registration table
  3. Registration ends at 12:00pm

Competition Rules

  • Contest open to amateurs only. Solo acts only! Persons under contract with a professional management agency or major record
    company are NOT eligible to participate.
  • Contestants will supply their own back-up music (CD tracks, guitar, keyboard, etc.)
  • COUNTRY MUSIC ONLY! No original songs.
  • The John Ritter Tribute Showcase committee reserves the right to refuse a song that they deem inappropriate for the show format. The committee decision is FINAL!
  • Finalists will be chosen to perform again for “celebrity judges” on August 10, 2018 at the John Ritter Tribute Showcase backed by the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Band. This is an evening performance. A mandatory rehearsal with the band will be held the afternoon of the 10th.
  • Finalists will perform the same song during the Showcase performance. If harmonies are critical to your song, please consider choosing another song. Harmonies are not allowed during the finals competition.
  • First, Second, Third and Fourth runner-ups will receive trophies and an invitation to participate in various Texas Country Music Hall of Fame shows and events.
  • The over-all winner will receive a Grand Prize package that includes: $1,000 cash prize, title of “2019 Ambassador” of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, plus an all new prize package for 2018!
  • You will be judged on vocal performance, stage presence, appearance, song selection, and overall entertainment value. Your appearance at the audition WILL COUNT!
  • Pictures will be made after your audition on June 23rd for the official program! 


John Ritter Tribute Showcase
C/O Shawnda Rains (Music Director)
414 West Main
Denison, Texas 75020

Phone: (903) 436-4152
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

August 10, 2018
7:00 PM
Performing Arts Center
Carthage High School
1600 W. Panola, Carthage, TX
Tickets - $15
903 693-6634

The Showcase is named after John Ritter, Tex Ritter's actor son, because the family wanted to do something to help young people get started in the business. They knew Tex and John would both like this. Tryouts are first come first serve. Judges are professional musicians, singers or promoters who have been in the business for a long time. Thirty (30) contestants will be chosen to compete at the finals on Friday, August 10, 2018, in Carthage, Texas. The winner will represent the TCMHOF the following year at various concerts and special events and receive a $1000 cash prize.

2017 Showcase Winner - Tiff Taylor

showcase win

2017 Contestants

Katelyn Anne - Lane OK
Crosbey Beatty - Carthage, TX
Arianna Brooke - Allen, TX
Bella Brown - Choctaw, OK
Callie Jo - Bennington, OK
Hannah Dot Cook - Chandler, TX
Kenslie Clark - Durant, OK
Ashlynn Creswell - Denison, TX
Chase Dawson - Carthage, TX
Morgan Dawson - Nashville, TN
Callie Diggs - Durant, OK
Melissa Evans - Longview, TX
Jade Flores - Waxahachie, TX
Emily Greger - Moyers, OK
Kolton Hall - Ravenna, TX
Hannah Howard - Avinger, TX
Anne-Leslie - Marshall, TX
Hannah Manous - Boswell, OK
Tamara Mathers - Linden, TX
Darren Melton - Carthage, TX
Macy Dot Neal - Lindale, TX
Shayne Porter - Cleveland, TX
Bailey Rae - Durant, OK
Laurie Richardson - Livington, TX
Ashley Riley - Nederland, TX
Rachel Rosser - Denison, TX
Roger Rutherford - Joaquin, TX
Tiff Taylor - Melissa, TX - Showcase Winner
Tori Vourganas - Houston, TX
Jeremy Williams - Beaumont, TX

Linda Davis

2016 Showcase Winners

Scott Hampton - Winner
Colton Hall - 1st Runner Up
Sarah Humphries - 2nd Runner-Up
Darren Melton - 3rd Runner-Up

2015 Showcase Winners

Chris Colston - Winner
Ross Tyler Hodgson - 2nd Runner-Up
Colton Hall - 3rd Runner-Up
Tiffany Nicole Taylor - 4th Runner-Up
Darren Melton - Fan Favorite

2014 Showcase Winners

Fan Favorite - Chris Colston Top 5 - Winner Bailey Wesberry,
Hannah Bauman, Lauren Taylor,
Chris Colston, Tanner Young

Showcase Auditions

Registration Form

Showcase Rules

June 23, 2018

To purchase tickets contact:
Panola County Chamber of Commerce
300 W. Panola Street
Carthage, Texas
903 693-6634

Showcase Competition

Performing Arts Center
Carthage High School
1600 W. Panola
Carthage, Texas
Purchase tickets at door

For more info contact: 

Panola County Chamber of Commerce
300 W. Panola Street
Carthage, Texas
903 693-6634

Previous Winners:

Scott Hampton
Longview, Texas

Chris Colston
Lindale, Texas

Bailey Wesberry
Terral, Oklahoma

Billie Jo Russell
Emory, Texas

Taylor Heard
Omaha, Texas

Holly Tucker
Lorena, Texas

Lindsey Harding
Longview, Texas

Kimberly Green
Whitehouse, Texas

Cheyane Smith
Ore City, Texas

Shane Mathews
San Augustine, Texas

Carissa Amberly
White Oak, Texas

Valerie Burns
Pine Mills, Texas

2005-2008 Photos courtesy of
Don's Photo
118 W. Sabine
Carthage, TX 75633
903 693-9620