The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame hosted auditons for its annual John Ritter Showcase on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Singers hoped for a chance to compete in August and potentially become a representative of the Hall of Fame in 2020.

Sean Christopher, from Jacksonville, performs Waylon Jenning’s “Rose in Paradise.”

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame hosted auditons for its annual John Ritter Showcase on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Singers hoped for a chanc…

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame hosted auditons for its annual John Ritter Showcase on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Singers hoped for a chanc…

Presley West, 12, of Marshall auditions for the John Ritter Showcase.

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame hosted auditons for its annual John Ritter Showcase on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Singers hoped for a chanc…

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame hosted auditons for its annual John Ritter Showcase on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Singers hoped for a chanc…

Sean Christopher, from Jacksonville, tunes his guitar ahead of the John Ritter Showcase auditions.

Anaka Grace, 18, of Ovalo tunes her guitar ahead of the John Ritter Showcase auditions.

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame hosted auditons for its annual John Ritter Showcase on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Singers hoped for a chanc…

Tommie Ritter Smith, right, talks with judges and crew members ahead of the John Ritter Showcase auditions at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame hosted auditons for its annual John Ritter Showcase on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Singers hoped for a chanc…

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame hosted auditons for its annual John Ritter Showcase on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Singers hoped for a chanc…

Presley West, 12, of Marshall auditions for the John Ritter Showcase.

Judges graded singers Saturday morning as they auditioned for the John Ritter Showcase.

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame hosted auditons for its annual John Ritter Showcase on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Singers hoped for a chanc…

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame hosted auditons for its annual John Ritter Showcase on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Singers hoped for a chanc…

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame hosted auditons for its annual John Ritter Showcase on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Singers hoped for a chanc…

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame hosted auditons for its annual John Ritter Showcase on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Singers hoped for a chanc…

Sean Christopher, from Jacksonville, performs Waylon Jenning's "Rose in Paradise."

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Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.