Main Overview


•What is the MGM Grand’s Gold Buckle Battle of the Bands?

It is a search for a band that can perform at a high energy level for 10 nights in a row as one of two house bands at the Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone at the MGM Grand Las Vegas during the national rodeo finals December 6th – 15th. The winning band will join Brad DuVall & Western Justice to keep the Gold Buckle Zone rockin’.

•Who can enter?

Any band that thinks they can meet the challenge.

•Where will this contest be held?

The contest will be held at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill locations from coast to coast.

•Who will judge the contest?

A representative from each of the sponsors – MGM Grand Las Vegas, Roper Apparel & Footwear, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Country Jam USA Music Festivals, and Crown Royal.
There will also be a “celebrity” judge at each battle location.

•Will there be an MC / Host for the event?

Country artists Cowboy Troy & Danielle Peck will share MC duties at the various battle sites.

•What is the Grand Prize?

Check out the “Guidelines” tab below for all of the prize details.

•What can you expect if you win the Grand Prize?

You can expect to fully EARN the cash & prizes that are up for grabs in this contest. Just like the rodeo cowboys that will be in Vegas that week, your guts & fortitude will be tested by performing in Vegas for 10 days.


How it works

Email us a link to your best high-energy live performance Youtube video to Don’t forget to include your contact information! Our judging panel will narrow the submissions down and pick our favorite 30 bands. If you are selected you will be contacted by one of our representatives to assign you to your battle date at a Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill location nearest you. For any questions, please do not contact Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill directly. Please send an email to
All submissions must be received no later then September 10th in order to be qualified. NO LATE ENTRIES ACCEPTED. The 30 Final bands will be announced on this website on September 12th. Judging Panel – The judging panel will be comprised of representatives from each sponsor as well as a “Celebrity” judge at every battle location. Judges for the Finale will be announced at a later date. Brad DuVall from Western Justice will be judging the Finals to see who will be appearing with them in Las Vegas!

Battle Dates at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

Friday, September 21st Foxborough, MA

Saturday, September 29th Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, October 6th Dallas, TX

Saturday, October 13th Mesa, AZ

Saturday, October 20th Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Saturday, October 27th Denver, CO


Saturday, November 3rd Dallas, TX


1.) The competition is organized and promoted by (Karman Inc., TKILTB and Country Jam and from this point forward referred to as “The Company”)
2.) I acknowledge that the purpose of the competition is the search for a band (consists of 3 (three) or more recording artists (hereafter referred to as ‘I/me/my’)) and the competition will entail
requiring a musical and / or vocal performance before a panel of Judges. I understand the nature of the competition and in signing this agreement I hereby consent to the recording and use of my contribution to the competition on the terms & conditions herein stated.
3.) Any filming at the MGM Grand Las Vegas is subject to a location agreement with the MGM Grand Las Vegas.
4.) Events may be filmed and/or recorded, I agree to the use of this material by the Company and by MGM Grand Hotel, LLC, and its affiliates for marketing and promotional purposes, including
but not limited to national and international broadcast, including rights to reproduce and edit footage and I agree to sign additional documents to effect the purposes of this paragraph.
5.) In the event I perform as part of the Competition any music and/or lyrics which are composed and/or written by me (“Compositions (s)”), I hereby warrant that such Composition (s)
are wholly original to me, are not subject to any third party rights or encumbrances which have been notified to the Company prior to my performance of such Composition (s) for
the competition and the performance and inclusion of such Composition (s) as part of the competition do not infringe the rights of any third party nor any common law or statutory rights
in any material.
6.) I am free to enter this Agreement and hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Company and all prize providers, including but not limited to MGM Grand Hotel, LLC,
(“Indemnitees”) in respect of all actions, proceedings, claims, damages and other liabilities which may be brought against or incurred by the Indemnitees or any of them as a result of
the breach of any of my warranties, representations, obligations or undertakings contained in this Agreement, or, in the event I am participating as part of a group, such breach by any
other member of my Group. I agree that in the event of any breach of this agreement by the Company I shall not be entitled to enjoin and / or injunct the Competition and any legal remedy
I may have shall lie in an action at law for damages only.
7.) I acknowledge that the Company reserves the right to amend the rules (including without limitation verbally) or terminate the competition at any time without liability to me. The Company’s decisions shall be final.
8.) All contestants must be at least 21 years old at the time of entering the competition.
9.) I must be a resident in the United States. I may be asked to provide the Company with supporting documentation in order to substantiate this (i.e. birth certificate and / or valid
passport). I acknowledge that the Company reserves the right to require at any time proof of my identity and / or eligibility.
10.)All personal details and / or information given in my application either in this form or otherwise
must be truthful, accurate and in no way misleading. I undertake to inform the Company immediately if any such information becomes inaccurate.

11.)By submitting my details I am agreeing that from time to time the Company’s sponsors or associated companies or prize provider may contact me with information regarding
relevant services we feel may be of interest to me. Should I not wish to receive further information from GBBOB and associated companies, we should email ‘optout’ to
12.)The Company reserves the right to disqualify any contestant if they supply untruthful, inaccurate or misleading personal details and/ or information, have failed to abide by the rules and / or are in breach of terms hereof.
13.)The Company reserves the right to disqualify any contestant including any prizes awarded if they are deemed to be acting outside the spirit of the competition. The Company’s decisions shall be
14.)The Company will endeavor to operate the Competition and apply the Rules and conditions of the competition as devised by the Company. However I acknowledge that the decision of the
Company is final and the Company reserves the right to remove me from the Competition at their absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.
15.)If any provision of this Agreement is adjudged by a court to be void or unenforceable such
provision shall no way affect any other provision of this Agreement, the application of the provision in any other circumstances or the validity or enforceability of this Agreement and
such provision shall be curtailed and limited only to the extent necessary to bring it within legal requirement.
16.)The Courts of the United States have sole jurisdiction in relation to the terms and conditions of the agreement contained in this release which shall be interpreted according to the laws of the
United States.
17.)Lastly and most importantly have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

STEP 1: Submit your best live performance video link to and be sure and include your band’s name in the email. Vidoes will be judged on a high energy live performance and not necessarily production or sound quality. We want to see your band at its highest level of crowd interaction and stage presence.
STEP 2: 30 finalists will be chosen.
STEP 3: Finalists will be assigned to their “battle” location. Five bands will perform at each battle.
Battle Dates & Site Locations are:
Friday, September 21st Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Foxborough, MA
Saturday, September 29th Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, October 6th Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Dallas, TX
Saturday, October 13th Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Mesa, AZ
Saturday, October 20th Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Saturday, October 27th Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Denver, CO
Note: If you are chosen as one of the finalists, you are responsible for your own travel expenses and your set will be an unpaid performance.
No personnel changes or substitutions will be permitted once competition has begun. Once an individual withdraws from an act at any level of the GBBOB, he/she cannot perform at next level.
Individuals may perform with only one act during any GBBOB.
Each act must perform live, vocally and / or instrumentally. No special lighting, props or special effects may be used.
Each act will perform for 45 minutes equaling a total of 13 to 15 songs comprised of the following:
Two (2) original songs
One (1) Merle Haggard song
“Car Wash” by Rose Royce
Staple party songs such as “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Family Tradition”, etc.
Music eligible for bonus points will be defined as any piece of music written or co-written by the contestant (either individual or member of group).
Any contestant (either individual or member of group) who claims to be using his own music may be disqualified at any level of the contest at the discretion of SPO, if a musical copyright for the music exists which does not name the contestant as author or co-author.
Acceptable documentation to prove ownership of your music shall include either a certificate of copyright, proof of song registration with BMI, ASCAP, etc., or a notarized copy of the application applying for the copyright with a signed statement by the contestant as to its status.
Performances will be awarded 0-10 points in each of the following categories: 1.) Marketability in Music 2.) Vocal/instrumental ability 3.) Originality 4.) Stage presence / charisma / fun factor 5.) Talent
In the event of a tie, the first tiebreaker shall be the highest number of points given in the Talent category. The second tiebreaker shall be the highest number of points awarded in the Stage Presence / Charisma Fun Factor category. The third tiebreaker shall be by a secret vote of the judges based on overall performance style and impact. Toby’s provides sound & lights. That means monitors, mics, mic stands & the sound board. Everything else will have to be shared. There is not going to be enough time to load in & out each bands’ equipment. The bands that make each battle and the bands that make the Finale must agree on shared backline. Each band leader needs to communicate with the production manager from the corresponding Toby Keith’s location to arrange production issues.
STEP 5: A “Battle” winner is chosen. If you are chosen as the “Battle” winner, you will move on to the Grand Finale at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in Dallas, TX on Nov.3rd.
Note: If you move on to the Finale, you are responsible for your own travel expenses.
STEP 6: If you are chosen as the winner of the MGM Grand’s Gold Buckle Battle of the Bands you will win:
The title of Official MGM Grand’s House Band during National Rodeo Finals December 6-15. Complimentary guest room at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino during National Rodeo Finals December 6-15. Maximum of three rooms provided. $15,000.00 credit for music services at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino during stay.
From Roper Apparel & Footwear – A wardrobe worth $10,000 and assistance with travel expenses to Las Vegas.
From Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill – The opportunity to play a headlining gig at any and all of the 9+ locations on a weekend night . Pay varies per location but will average $800/ night.
From Country Jam USA Music Festivals
$5,000 in cash and a scheduled appearance on the Main Stage at Country Jam in Grand Junction, CO (June 20 – 23, 2013)
$5,000 in cash and a scheduled appearance on the Main Stage at Country Jam in Eau Claire, WI (July 18 – 20, 2013)

A six-foot five-inch, hick-hop artist is going to get a response, and Cowboy Troy is okay with the strong reactions and endless questions. “I have crazy intentions,” he says with a grin. But anyone who thinks that the Cowboy Troy experience ends there, doubts his country credentials, or is inclined to dismiss him as a novelty, is in for quite a surprise. “People have different paths,” Troy says. “I’m not going to apologize for my music, because this is who I am. I didn’t just wake up one morning, put on a cowboy hat, and get a gig rapping on a country album. You don’t do something for 15 years on a lark.”
Cowboy Troy rapped his way into the country mainstream on the first cut of Big & Rich’s 2004 debut Horse Of A Different Color. And while his admonition to “let go of all your preconceived notions” certainly wasn’t the first time elements of rap had been incorporated into country, it was the boldest statement yet. Explaining the journey that placed Troy Coleman at this unlikely intersection is as complicated as explaining the evolution of American culture. At the same time it’s as simple as the story of a kid from Texas who did what all kids do–he soaked up the world around him.
Troy spent his childhood in Ft. Worth, where his dad took him to rodeos and stock shows. “We’d listen to Willie Nelson, Jerry Reed, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, and other artists who were getting airplay on the adult contemporary stations at that time,” Troy says. “I didn’t realize it was country music, I just knew it was what my parents listened to before they went to work in the morning.” Troy spent his high school years in Dallas and collegiate years in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas.
In addition to solo releases [Loco Motive (2005), Black in the Saddle (2007), and Demolition Mission (2009)], Troy has spent time on TV. He’s been a part of the ESPN College Gameday video intro along with Big & Rich since the 2006 football season. He also served as co-host for USA Network’s Nashville Star in 2006 and 2007. Most recently Troy performed on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on the final episode of 2012. His appearance in Big & Rich’s Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy video, as well as his own I Play Chicken With the Train and Hick Chick videos remind viewers of his “party starter” nature.
Troy knows he’s challenging conventional thinking about what country music is, but expects that his music will find its place. “I’ve never been like everybody else and it wouldn’t do me any good to try,” he says. “Some people are going to love it and some are going to hate it, which is probably how it should be because it means they’re talking.” These days, Troy calls Warner Music Nashville his recording home. He’s also working on the latest installment of music due out late 2012 or early 2013.

There is an undeniable division in Danielle Peck’s voice. A bluesy pull, a reluctant smokiness that, when it breaks, yields soaring, ringing, soul-stirring power and clarity. That tantalizing slow-pour tension is a fitting reflection of the artist herself. Is she an exuberant young country singer or an experienced and purposed entertainer? Is she the self-described “plain Jane girl next door” or a statuesque brunette bombshell? Is she a former waitress fighting for her big break or a prolific songwriter who contributed eight of 11 songs to her upcoming album? Danielle Peck is all that and much more.
That self-titled debut release, preceded by the chart-rocketing first single “I Don’t,” reveals all the complexities associated with being a young woman making her way in a new millennium. As a songwriter, she’s grounded enough to write a glowing affirmation like “Isn’t That Everything,” and honest enough to acknowledge the emotional despair of a breakup in “Fallin’ Apart.” As a vocalist, she offers shades of her influences, sounding by turns as rooted in country as Reba McEntire or as slyly sexy as Shania Twain and Faith Hill. The sum of those seemingly divergent parts is, ultimately, a message, sound and style unique to Danielle Peck.
Born in Jacksonville, NC, the daughter of a U.S. Marine, Danielle grew up in Coshocton, OH, where the family had strong musical roots. Her mother’s side of the family traveled and sang in churches. Her father’s parents and grandparents were steeped in country music, playing dances in the area. Danielle could sing before she could talk and by the time she was three she would sit on a counter banging on pots and pans as her extended family played country music. The first song she learned to sing was Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” a song that has been part of her live show to this day.
She wrote her first song before she was 10 and made cassette labels for her imaginary Danielle Peck records, complete with song titles and cover art. She sang in church both as a soloist and in the choir. At age 16, she joined a local band, the Neon Moon Band, and played bars in her native Coshocton, Ohio area.
“I wasn’t supposed to be in there (bars) because I was underage,” she says, “so I had to dress older, act older, sneak in through the back door, do my show, and then slip out the back again before anyone could figure out I was underage! I never thought twice about it because singing was all I’d ever thought about doing from the time I was a little girl – I felt like I was doing what I was supposed to… and of course my dad was always close by just in case…”
“I was the girl singer,” she says. “I would sing Reba and Trisha and a lot of Patsy Cline. We played weekends and hit the local summer fairs. While my friends were into sports – I was consumed with music.” At 18, her dad bought her a sound & light system that the family jokingly referred to as her ‘college tuition’. When she graduated from high school, she hit the road leading her own band adding regional fairs and festivals to the schedule.
After several years on the bar and festival circuit Danielle made the decision to chase the dream and make the jump to Nashville. She quickly took a Nashville job waiting tables and spent the rest of her time working on her songwriting.
“I’d wake up at 8 in the morning, go and write songs until 2 in the afternoon, change clothes, work the restaurant until 2 or 3 in the morning, get up early the next morning and do it again,” she says. “I became a Starbucks addict but I was having the time of my life! I was in Nashville, meeting people, starting to write with some great writers, I was loving every minute of it.”
Soon after her Nashville arrival she met publisher Clay Myers who recognized her talent and helped secure a songwriting deal with Barbara Orbison’s Still Working Music. She soon began writing with staff writers Clay Mills and Tommy Lee James, as well as other established hit writers like Blair Daly and Taylor Rhodes. Those writing sessions would ultimately form the basis for her debut album.
That release had to wait, however. Signed to a recording contract with DreamWorks Records by executive Scott Borchetta, Danielle’s album was a casualty of that company’s merger with Universal. Borchetta, however, wouldn’t let his belief in her music die and when he later left Universal to form his own Big Machine Records, Danielle was one of his first signings.
The single release “I Don’t” finally introduced country audiences to Danielle, and the response has already been overwhelming. Already a hit and still climbing, the song also draws huge response at her live shows opening for, among others, Toby Keith. Fans are drawn to the emotional honesty of an artist who so readily reveals all facets of her personality.
Beyond the single, Danielle explores the difficulties of love on “Fallin’ Apart,” “Sucks To Be You” and “Only The Lonely Talkin’.” She smolders with slow burn passion on “Kiss You On The Mouth” and “Thirsty Again.” And the fun side peaks through on “Findin’ A Good Man” and “Honky-Tonk Time.” In every case, the emotions ring true.
“Everything comes down to being real,” she says. “Every song I do reflects something I’ve been through or something I’ve felt. My songs are my journals. Whatever I feel at the moment, whatever emotion I’m going through, is what I write about. When it’s time to sing those song, whether it’s on stage or in the studio, those feelings are right there.”
And so the many facets of Danielle Peck — a modern country girl, vulnerable and confident — shine through in a way that’s already capturing the ears and hearts of country fans nationwide.