NASHVILLE, TN Friday Oct.14.2005 / -- NASHVILLE STAR, USA Network's original grassroots talent search to find America's next great country music star and the nation's top-rated country music program, will give another talented and deserving artist their big break when the show returns for its fourth season, it was announced Thursday by Jeff Wachtel, USA's Executive Vice President of Original Programming.

"NASHVILLE STAR works because it showcases the best untapped musical talent on television," explains Wachtel. "One thing we've learned over the past three seasons is that there's an incredible pool of talented performers whose voices have yet to be heard."

"I had been in Nashville for a decade writing songs," says first season winner Buddy Jewel. "NASHVILLE STAR landed me a record deal and gave me the opportunity to perform my own songs on the show in front of millions of Americans each week with fan reactions via email and through my website. It would have taken me years to get that sort of dedicated fan base without the support of those people who followed the show," says Jewell.

NASHVILLE STAR will launch a national casting tour beginning at the Saddle Ranch Chop House in Universal City, Los Angeles, on October 21st from 12:00-6:00 pm and continuing on to 16 cities across America including Chicago, Dallas, Washington DC, Portland, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

21 - Los Angeles, CA
29 - Chicago, IL
29 - Morgantown, WV
29 - Phoenix, AZ
29 - Oklahoma City, OK

05 - Dallas, TX
05 - Lincoln, NE
05 - Raleigh, NC
05 - Tampa, FL
12 - Portland, OR
12 - Washington, DC
12 - Pittsburgh, PA
12 - Atlanta, GA
18 - Nashville, TN
21 - Indianapolis, IN
30 - Houston, TX

08 - Las Vegas, NV

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