As is the case with every National Final, the judges that are tasked with selecting the winner from among the five National Finalists have a tall order before them indeed.

JB Aaron, Marie Wise-Hawkins, Eli Tellor, Nate Kenyon and the Brothers Roberson performed as part of the 2014 Country Showdown National Final because of their having emerged victorious in the context of three, intense levels of competition at the local, state and regional level. Every one of these acts has the potential to go on and become a Country Music icon. They have stage presence, they have talent – they have the tools necessary to succeed.

It all comes down to this one performance and every one of them did themselves and their fans proud. When it came time to choose, while it’s certain the judges had to deliberate, it was the Brothers Roberson that triumphed.

You’ve got to give them credit. They were Mid-Western Regional Winners in 2012 so this was their second time on the Ryman stage competing for the Grand Prize. That’s a lot of work and a lot of dedication and just goes to show you that on the other side of one disappointing loss is another amazing win!

Congratulations to all of the National Finalists for a great performance. It was an amazingly entertaining evening! And special congratulations to the Brothers Roberson – the 2014 Grand National Champions!

[Editor’s note: The Brother Roberson won the SouthWest Regional Crown in Raton, NM back in October. They were FABULOUS! The SW Regional is the one that Colorado’s winner moves onto and you can rest assured that our own Katey Laurel gave them a run for their money!]

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