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BamaJam Music fest stages battle of the bands

Thursday, April 1, 2010 – One lucky band will have a song produced by James Stroud along with performing at the BamaJam Music and Arts Festival in June in Alabama.

The fest is hosting the Jim Beam Battle of the Bands 2010 competition is open to all and will result in six finalists performing a 30-minute set at Verizon BamaJam 2010 in Enterprise, Ala. "To participate in Verizon BamaJam on any level is among the most valuable experiences an artist can have," said Trey Wilson, Vice President of Live Entertainment, Ronnie Gilley Entertainment. "All six qualifiers will have a chance in the spotlight at Verizon BamaJam, and one winner will have the experience of a lifetime with industry icon James Stroud producing a track for them."

Applications for the 2nd annual Jim Beam BamaJam Battle of the Bands may be submitted online at until Wednesday, April 21. The selection committee will review submissions and announce 6 finalists on Monday, April 26. The winner will be announced live on Saturday, June 5 at the festival.

Since being featured at last year's event, Atlanta-based group, Blackberry Smoke, has signed with BamaJam Records.

With more than 40 top artists anticipated in the festival lineup, Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and Arts Festival offers 3 days of music.

The fest is being headlined by Kenny Chesney. Others playing include Hank Williams Jr., Zac Brown Band, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Disco Biscuits, Train, Travis Tritt, Citizen Cope, Buddy Guy, Gretchen Wilson, Danny Gokey, Rodney Atkins, Chris Young, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Alexa Carter, LoCash Cowboys, Houston County, Colt Ford, Rio Grand, The Grascals, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Robert Earl Keen, Matt Kennon, Stoney LaRue, Lucero, Wayne Mills Band, Jake Owen, Blackberry Smoke, Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights and Edgar Winter.

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