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Bands battle to be opening performance for Carolina Country Music Festival

Six local bands compete in the final round of Battle of the Bands on the Marshwalk, and the winner walks away with a once in a lifetime opportunity. (Source: Lisa Gresci). Six local bands compete in the final round of Battle of the Bands on the Marshwalk, and the winner walks away with a once in a lifetime opportunity. (Source: Lisa Gresci).

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Six local bands compete in the final round of Battle of the Bands on the Marshwalk, and the winner walks away with a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Many of those who came to the Marshwalk to listen to the six bands battle, say it's not every day a major country festival is asking for their input, and say no one deserves it more than some of these local bands.

"There's going to be so many people here for that, and they deserve it. These people work really hard," Melanie Nelms said.

"That's what keeps us going, is the locals, so we want to incorporate them in everything that we do around here," Cheyenne Jacques said.

Not only will the band chosen tonight open for Lady Antebellum and perform in front of the largest crowd they've ever seen, some feel the performance could change their lives.

"It's great exposure because you never know who is going to pick you up at that point," Nelms explained.

Many of the bands were in disbelief the opportunity was in front of them, but they are trying to stay positive no matter what.

"We kind of go with the flow, and whatever happens, happens, you know? We're going to obviously do our best, play our hearts out, but you know, what happens after that, you know, it's not really in our power, so just happy to be down here at the beach playing really," Fred Engler of Fred Engler and the Trouble Shooters said.

Whether or not a band gets to perform will be in the voters hands, and some feel that's the best way to go.

"I think that's good because there could be a band that's awful that wins, and then everyone at the country music festival will be like well holy heck how did they get in there? I would want to listen to a band and vote them in if they were good, but yes the voting is a good way to do it," Jacques said.

"We'll see what we have out here tonight, and I'll pick my favorite and put it down on paper," Nelms said.

The votes had to be in by midnight on Friday but no matter who wins, many of the bands say this opportunity alone has introduced them to playing at the Marshwalk, and even if they lose tonight, they may still leave with a new summer gig.

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