Calling all honky-tonk hunks: Wanna start a country boy band?
To paraphrase a lyric from Hank Williams Jr.: Can a country boy band survive?
That's the question on our minds today after we received a casting call announcing Tampa auditions for a country-music boy band. The masterminds of this group are a pair of record executives who are looking for male singers between the ages of 16 and 25 to form "a new country music supergroup that will go on a nation-wide tour, work with the best songwriters and producers in the industry, and release an album on a major label."
You know what? This could work. Aside from the Oak Ridge Boys, above -- who are clearly the 'N Sync of country music -- we haven't seen an all-male country-pop group take Nashville by storm. Rascal Flatts probably comes closest, but after that, who else is there? Lonestar? Some duo like Big & Rich or Montgomery Genry?
Tampa is one of four cities hosting auditions, along with Nashville, Austin and Los Angeles. And here's the amazing kicker: Local auditions are being held not at the Dallas Bull or the Round Up, but at Vanity Ultra Lounge, which is one of the most hardcore hip-hop and reggaeton clubs in Tampa Bay. Young Jeezy is coming there on Dec. 11!
Tampa's open call is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Vanity, 3602 W Waters Ave., Tampa. But if you can't make it, you're also encouraged to submit a home video as part of your audition process. Click here to learn how.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*