Both band’s played entertaining sets, but the surprising choice by Riley to include several ballads in his set slowed down his band’s momentum and allowed the high-energy Troubaderos to steal the competition at the White Elephant Saloon.
The Texas Music Showdown winner gets a ton of great stuff, including studio recording time, money, gift certificates, and, most coveted of all, a handful of sought-after gigs at Larry Joe Taylor’s annual music festival, Tommy Alverson’s festival, and others.
That ain’t chicken feed, friends.
I served as a judge several times during this year’s competition, and The Troubaderos and FM2865 were my two favorite bands of the season. Predicting a winner is tough but I can guarantee you’ll hear some killer Americana music if you show up for the final showdown on Tuesday. Alverson and Taylor will join the judges panel, along with White Elephant Saloon owner Tim Love and maybe some others.