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Local musician competing on CMT's 'Redneck Island'

June 6, 2013


June 06--LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. -- A local resident competes on television tonight for the honor of being "the reddest redneck of them all."

Country music artist Travis Wayne Davis, who lives off Ky. 638 on Callie Lane, will compete in the reality television show, Redneck Island 3, which premiers on June 5 at 10:30 p.m. on CMT.

The show comes on after the Country Music Awards.

The other nine or 10 episodes will air on Saturdays at 8 p.m. starting on June 8.

Fifteen contestants will compete on an undisclosed island in the South Pacific for a chance to win $100,000.

"You will know the winner of the show at the very last episode," Davis said. "We already know but we can't release it."

A native of Manchester, Davis moved to London with his family 19 years ago. He attended North Laurel Middle School and both North and South Laurel high schools.

Davis thought by entering the contest he could further his singing career.

"I've been doing country music professionally for about a year now. I've got singles on nationwide radio, I'm playing in the CMAs this week, and I've been in and out of Nashville for the last year recording and getting our album done, and touring all over the United States. A buddy from Maryland called me and told me how I could market my music faster. He said there was a

show called Redneck Island if you can get on it. It would be a good promotion for you."

Davis said he called them up and out of the thousands of people who applied for the show, he was one of 15 chosen.

"I had to do a Skype interview with the producers in California. From there they narrowed it down to 40 people. Out of those 40 people, they sent background check forms and all kinds of stuff you had to fill out, and we had to get our passports. Out of those 40 people, they narrowed it down to 25. You have to go through various endurance tests and seclusion tests, which narrowed it down to 15."

Davis thinks he was picked because he can sing and play a guitar.

"The reason I think I was picked because it's a CMT-based show and, from the previous seasons from what I've watched, they never had anybody pursuing a country music career on the show."

It really exciting for Davis to be able to be on the show.

"To be selected out of one of 15 people to go to an island and hang out with Stone Cold Steve Austin, who is one of the world's most famous wrestlers, and get to play a character on a reality TV show and compete while you're there at the same time is extremely exciting. It was also scary because I had to leave my kids and family at home with no communication with them."

Davis said the challenges in the show varied from day to day. Some of them were very physical, some were mental, and some of them were both. He said shows involving heights were hard for him because he has a fear of heights.

If Davis wins the $100,000, he plans on using the money to promote his music, pay off some bills, and take his family on a big vacation where money is no limit.

"Outside the money, the show for me is a chance for millions of people at one time to see me. Whether I play the good guy or the bad guy, there is no negative publicity. Publicity is publicity."


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