Friday night, five relatively new artists play what very well may be the most prestigious stage in country music -- the New Faces show at Country Radio Seminar. Brett Eldredge , Tyler Farr , Cassadee Pope , Thomas Rhett and Charlie Worsham were chosen as the 2014 class of performers.
“Just to be one of those people that’s selected for that is just so humbling,” Tyler says. “Especially because it’s selected by radio, which means that radio hopefully likes me and they’ve selected me for it, which is a good thing!”
Playing the New Faces show can be a daunting prospect, since it’s known for launching the careers of legends like Jason Aldean , George Strait , Reba , Tim McGraw and Faith Hill , just to name a few.
“Now I’m actually playing the big show,” Brett reflects. “You know people are putting their bets on [me]. So I gotta go up there and sell myself and prove myself, that you know I’m worthy of them voting me in there.”
But it’s a task Brett embraces. “ I love having to prove myself though. That’s what I live for every day, is coming up there and making it happen on stage and showing why this is what I want to do for the rest of my life, you know.”
Artists typically produce an elaborate taped introduction to their performance, and Tyler hints he’s got a few surprises up his sleeve.
“The video is either gonna be the dumbest video you’ve ever seen or the funniest video that you’ve ever seen,” he jokes. “Well just prepare yourself for mine, because I guarantee you no one’s seen me in this light before.”
Brett emphasizes he’s not joking when he says he’s just happy to be there. “I’ve literally had times and years where I couldn’t get into the show [as a spectator]. In fact, I don’t even know if I could get in last year!” he recalls. “I didn’t have the right badge or whatever, the right ticket to get in there, and so I literally to get into the show had to play it!”
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