Brett Eldredge: Now Hiring Opening Act

Will Pay in Fan Exposure and Fair Food

A few years ago, I remember reading a story in Brett Eldredge’s hometown newspaper — the Paris Beacon-News in Illinois — about how he spent time preparing for the music business. And what I remember most is his recollection of the talent shows.

“I remember my mom and dad driving me all over the place to different talent shows,” he said. “Lugging around different equipment in the back of our van. My mom would run sound while I would walk around with the microphone and sing to people. I would definitely not be here without my family.”

So he knows exactly how tough it is to get a break in the entertainment business and get your music heard.

That must be why he is going to let some undiscovered singer open for him at his show in Caldwell, Idaho, on July 24.

“I’m excited to give someone the opportunity to perform onstage and open one of our shows,” he said on

Obviously, though, Eldredge can’t hire everyone who applies for the gig. So you have to send in a video of you or your band performing an original song. A panel of judges will narrow down the submissions to the Top 5, and then they will let the public chose the winner.

The winner will be announced on July 15, and the show will be at the Canyon County Fair.

This fall, you can catch Eldredge during CMT on Tour: Brett Eldredge & Thomas Rhett — Suits & Boots, a series of concerts also featuring The Voice alumnus Danielle Bradbery.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.