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In the sea of singing competition series out there, one new show aims to set itself apart. That show is Real Country, which is entirely focused on showcasing the talents of country artists deserving of a little more appreciation.
Unlike other series, there is no dedicated panel of judges or coaches that decide who stays or who goes. Rather, the three panelists (Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, and Jake Owen) invite certain artists to the show and then simply kick back and enjoy their performances.
The contestants’ fate is ultimately decided by the audience and whoever the guest judge is. They are given a star ranking by the end of the show, and if they outrank their competitors, they get to go on to the finale.
Of course, the first step to getting on Real Country is to catch the attention of one of the three main panelists. Owen was especially intrigued by a singer named Larry Fleet, who he discovered while he was on tour.
A true fan of his talent, Owen knew he had to invite Fleet to compete on the show. Yet he probably never knew before just how long Fleet has been in the business.
According to Fleet’s profile on the Real Country website, he was once a child prodigy of sorts in the country music world. He got the chance to make his grand debut at the famed Ryman Auditorium when he was only seven years old, where he played guitar in a bluegrass group.
Although he now works full time as an electrician, Fleet has never given up on his country music dreams. Thanks to Owen, he was given the chance to reintroduce his talent to the world through Real Country.
Wanting to make the most of his time on the show, Fleet held nothing back when it came to his choice of songs. In a clip released as a “first look” into his episode, Fleet can be seen performing what is arguably one of country music’s most emotional songs…Lee Brice‘s “I Drive Your Truck.”
Released in 2012 as the third single off of his album Hard 2 Love, Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck” tells the story of a man trying to come to terms with the recent loss of his brother. As a means of coping, the man chooses to drive his brother’s old truck, as it makes him feel closer to him.
The song struck a powerful chord with listeners, and topped the U.S. Country Airplay chart.
Fleet certainly did the song justice with his performance on Real Country. He kept the style the same as Brice’s original, which was a smart choice on his part. The song is naturally structured to showcase a voice such as Fleet’s, with its mix of softer and more powerful moments.
Watching this performance, you can see why Owen felt inclined to invite this former child star to participate on the show. Tune in to the clip below to see just how talented he is.
We have a feeling that Fleet caught the attention of a lot more people than Owen with this performance!
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