Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic

A Nationwide Songwriting Competition

The BAC seeks to celebrate and promote country music songwriters and  singer/songwriters by providing an opportunity nationwide for recognition of their talent in the great state of Texas. The competition will be judged each year by well known Country Music Songwriters.

The Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic is a contest open to U.S. songwriters and singer/songwriters.  Contestants may enter original songs by CD or by uploading digital entries to be considered for a $1000 Song of the Year Award as well as the live competition for singer/songwriters in October with the $1500 Texas Troubadour and $500 People's Choice awards. Entries open in late spring and close mid-summer.

6th Annual Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic

Live Performances - November 3, 2018

Entries close August 14, 2018

(11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time)

2018 Judge:  Michael Martin Murphey

Michael Martin Murphey will judge and perform at the 6th Annual Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic

Deadline Extended to August 14, 2018

Read the 2018 Prospectus.

Make Entries to the Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic

Songwriters and singer/songwriters may enter simple recordings in mp3 format online through midnight of the deadline. Entries on CD need to be postmarked by that date as well.

Prizes of $1,500 will be awarded to the Texas Troubadour winner. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the songwriter winning Song of the Year. A $500 People’s Choice Award will also be voted on and given to the fan favorite after live performances.

Entry fees are $15 per song submitted online; $20 per song for mailed CDs or alternative methods. There is an additional $15 fee for consideration for the Texas Troubadour live portion of the contest.

Entries will be judged on the lyrics and music alone; recording quality will not be a consideration, therefore studio recordings are not required. Contestants are encouraged to create mp3s or CDs of their original compositions using any available technology. All entries must consist of vocals accompanied by some sort of musical instrument. A cappella and instrumental entries will not be accepted.

For the Song of the Year category only, songwriters who do not feel comfortable singing the songs themselves are free to have someone else perform the songs for them on recordings.

Contestants interested in being considered for the Texas Troubadour Singer/Songwriter Award must submit 3 original songs which they perform, as well as a DVD or a link to a videotaped performance. The quality of the video is not a consideration; however, the video needs to display the personality and stage presence of the contestant.  The judges will use the video performances, along with the song submissions, to choose finalists for the Texas Troubadour live performance event at the Bosque Arts Center. The Texas Troubadour and People's Choice prizes will be awarded based on the live performances that evening.

Contestants for all categories are welcome to use smart phone mp3 or video recording apps, computer software programs, webcams, or other technology to create recordings for contest submissions.

For more information call 254-675-3724 or contact us by e-mail.



Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic Winners


Brian Barrett with 2017 co-judge Eddy Raven.  Barrett swept the awards, winning Texas Troubadour, People's Choice, and Song of the Year.

Texas Troubadour Award

Brian Barrett

Song of the Year

Brian Barrett

"I'm Not Listening"

People's Choice Award

Brian Barrett


Crider Bogguss with Taylor Swantner and Wildman.jpg

2016 Judges Doug Crider and Suzy Bogguss with Amy Taylor, John Swantner, & Phillip Wildman

Texas Troubadour Award

John Swantner


Song of the Year

Amy Taylor

“Halfway To Memphis”



People's Choice

Phillip Wildman



Texas Troubadour

Bill Sibley


Song of the Year

Brooke Elizabeth Malouf

“Red Alabama Mud”



People's Choice

 Stoney Gabel





























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