Kix is set to be a judge for the NASH Next 2017 national talent search, which begins today (May 31) in over 60 markets across the U.S. Now in its third year, the annual grassroots search for the next rising country star is led by Cumulus Media and offers one lucky winner a record deal with NASH Next Records under the Big Machine Label Group and exposure on Cumulus radio stations nationwide.

Local artists can enter the competition via the NASH Next website. Seventy-nine NASH/Cumulus stations in 62 markets will conduct local searches, with national participation made possible by Cumulus’ digital properties and syndicated country shows. Local markets will host live events or select their finalist by judging the contestants in a video performance of an original song, and then local winners will move on to the national challenge, where they will submit a live performance video showcasing their best original song. The top ten artists will be selected by industry professionals, and those national finalists will then compete at a live concert event hosted in Nashville in early November, where the panel of celebrity judges including Scott Brochetta and Kix Brooks will select the NASH Next 2017 winner.

The winner of the five month national competition will be announced by Garth Brooks.