WYRK is looking for the future of country music right here in Western New York! From Wednesday, November 8th through Sunday, November 19th WYRK will begin the search for the next Toyota Taste of Country Riser--the next generation of country music talent.

You could be the next Eric Van Houten! The Buffalo, NY native has opened up for big-name artists like Kip Moore, Canaan Smith, Michael Ray, Chris Young, Jake Owen and more, and just released his first EP in April of 2017.

If you think you have what it takes to be the next great country star, submit your name and a video of you performing an ORIGINAL country song below. Whether you are an individual or part of a group, we want to see what you can do.

On November 20th, our panel of judges will select the top four submissions, and those four musical acts will perform head-to-head to determine who will be this year's Toyota Taste of Country Riser! Two acts will perform at a local bar with our panel of judges hidden in the crowd at two events:

The winners of each event will face off in the final event Saturday, December 9th at 8:30PM at Buffalo RiverWorks, where West of the Mark and Eric Van Houten will also perform!

The winner will receive the opportunity to perform at WYRK Toyota Taste of Country, Jam in the Valley, the WYRK Fall Acoustic Show, a feature article on TasteofCountry.com and will be featured on Taste of Country Nights with Sam Alex, the nationally syndicated radio show broadcast from the heart of Nashville across the United States! Most importantly they will receive the support of the station as they pursue their musical career!

Please submit a video file no larger than 10MB or a YouTube link in the form below.

Submission period is now closed.

Entries can be submitted through our website, via mail, or in person at the station during business hours. Contestants who enter online may be contacted by WYRK to request additional information including, but not limited to, names of the bands members, designated contact representative information, and .mp3 song demos or video file. By submitting an entry the entrant agrees to the conditions outlined in the Performance, Release and Authorization Agreement.

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