Electric Rodeo

Laura Bryant: Waco Nurse Lives Vegas High Life At ACM Awards

You win a contest, all expenses paid, to a major country-music awards show in Las Vegas. What happens next?

Rocks Off will admit we had never even pondered that question until someone from Reliant Energy offered us a chance to interview the winner of Reliant's "Dream Trip of a Lifetime." The package deal included a three-night stay at the MGM Grand, tickets to this year's Academy of Country Music Awards (also at the MGM Grand), a taping of the CBS special Lionel Richie & Friends: A Lifetime of Hits, free shuttle transportation and some other cool stuff.

The winner turned out to be Laura Bryant, a registered nurse who lives in Waco but travels all across Central and East Texas as a wound-care specialist. The contest ran in conjunction with this year's Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, but Bryant won after a friend of hers posted a link to the sweepstakes on her Facebook wall. (Bryant has been to RodeoHouston before, she says, just not this year.)

"I was a little overwhelmed," says the single mother of two grown daughters who admits she had been feeling the empty-nest blues. "I thought it was so wonderful. It was the perfect time. I needed a little R&R."

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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