Midas Franchise Announces "Next Great Road Song" Finalists

ITASCA, Ill. (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The submissions are in, and the competition for the title is now under way. Midas International Corporation and SPIN today announced the top 20 finalists in their search for the "Next Great Road Song." Listeners can vote to determine the winners at http://rockthehighway.sonicbids.com.

Culled from over 1,200 submissions, the "Next Great Road Song" finalists were selected by a panel of SPIN editors and music industry experts and representatives from contest sponsor Midas. The finalists comprise a diverse mix of the very best and most promising new, original road-trip-ready songs by unsigned bands and solo artists. Finalists are divided into two categories: "Unplugged," for songs using only acoustic, non-amplified instruments, and "Amped" for tracks using any number of instruments, recording style or production methods.

The full list of finalists is as follows:

Unplugged

  1. Mark Burke - "Walk With You"
  2. Alby Cohen - "Hot Angry Sun"
  3. Ash Ganley - "Ghost by Your Side"
  4. Granville Automatic - "Lost in Texas"
  5. Chris Hawley - "Red Lights Green"
  6. Joshua James - "Countin' Miles"
  7. John Lilly - "Come and Go"
  8. Long Gone Lonesome Boys - "My Exit"
  9. Dan Schaefer - "Drivin'"
  10. The Slewfoot Project - "The Road"

Amped

  1. Cousin Effect - "Where I Go"
  2. Facts on File - "Automobile"
  3. Five Star Iris - "Where Are We Now"
  4. Love Lies Sweet - "Someday in LA"
  5. Mandi Layne & The Lost Highway - "The Open Road"
  6. Dan Lowe - "Going Down The Open Road"
  7. Sammi Moore - "One More Memory"
  8. The Sewing Circle - "All the Roads"
  9. Southern Sea - "On Holiday in the American Southwest"
  10. The Spanish Channel - "Odyssey"

"We have some terrific finalists representing a wide range of genres, styles, arrangements, vocals and lyrics, but we'll have to wait and see what America thinks should be the Next Great Road Song. I must say it was not an easy task to choose among so many excellent submissions," said Mike Bevan, director of retail and field marketing for Midas.

The top three artists in each category, as determined by listener votes, will be featured in a full-page advertisement in SPIN's November 2010 issue, in addition to receiving cash prizes: $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place.

Midas and SPIN have partnered with Sonicbids, a website dedicated to connecting promoters with emerging bands, to provide a platform for fans to vote and determine the winner of the "Next Great Road Song" contest. The final round of voting will continue until 11:59 PM on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. Fans can vote up to once a day for the duration of the voting round, at http://rockthehighway.sonicbids.com.

Music fans also have one more month to enter the Rock the Highway sweepstakes by visiting http://www.rockthehighway.com and win great road trip related prizes, including VIP passes to select summer music festivals, navigation systems, satellite radio systems, gas cards and more!

ABOUT MIDAS

Midas (NYSE: MDS) is one of the world's largest providers of automotive service, offering brake, maintenance, tires, exhaust, steering and suspension services at more than 2,400 franchised, licensed and company-owned Midas shops in 16 countries including more than 1,600 in the United States and Canada. Midas also owns the SpeeDee Oil Change business with 170 auto service centers in the United States and Mexico.

ABOUT SPIN MAGAZINE

From next big things to innovative icons, SPIN (www.spin.com), launched in 1985, covers music for life. With a guaranteed circulation of 450,000 readers, Spin, a monthly, currently reaches an audience of nearly 2 million. Spin magazine is published by Spin Media LLC.

ABOUT SONICBIDS

Sonicbids is the website the helps bands get gigs and promoters book the right bands. Their community includes more than 245,000 bands and 21,000 promoters and licensors from all around the world. With festivals, clubs, colleges, music licensing and much more, Sonicbids offers a diverse range of gigs for every kind of musician. In fact, last year alone, more than 71,000 gigs were booked on the site. The company was founded in 2001 by Panos Panay and continues to focus on its core mission of empowering the artistic middle class.

SOURCE: Midas, Inc.

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