NBC has announced open casting call dates and locations for Nashville Star's Summer 2008 sixth season -- the first installment of the reality series to air on NBC after its first five editions aired on its sister network USA.

Nashville Star's sixth-season casting tour will kick-off February 9 in Milwaukee and Pittsburgh before continuing throughout the month and making additional stops in Charlotte, Kansas City, Tallahassee, Denver, New Orleans and Portland.

For the first time in Nashville Star's history, the competition will be open to duets and trios as well as solo artists.  In addition, Nashville Star's minimum age requirement has been lowered from 18- to 16-years-old for the upcoming installment. (Applicants must be 16 or older as of March 29, 2008.)

Interested applicants who attend auditions will be required to perform a song off an approved song list, and a select few of the most talented will be asked to perform additional material for producers.  Applicants should be prepared to sing two cover songs from the approved song list or one song off the list and one original song. 

Nashville Star's Summer 2008 sixth-season is scheduled to air on NBC prior to the network's coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, which will commence August 8.  Nashville Star first premiered on USA -- which is owned by NBC Universal -- in March 2003 and subsequently aired four more annual installments.

Additional audition information is available at www.nbc.com.  The current open-call audition schedule is as follows.

Saturday, February 9

Pittsburgh, PA
The Saddle Ridge
4 Station Square Dr.
Noon to 6PM

Milwaukee, WI
American Serb Memorial
President's Hall
5101 West Oklahoma Ave
Noon to 5PM

Wednesday, February 13

Charlotte, NC
Coyote Joe's
4621 Wilkinson Blvd.
7PM to 11PM

Kansas City, MO
The Beaumont Club
4050 Pennsylvania
4PM to 9PM

Sunday, February 17

Tallahassee, FL
Floyd's Record Shop
666-1 W. Tennessee St.
4PM to 9PM

Denver, CO
The Grizzly Rose
5450 N. Valley Highway
Noon to 5PM

Thursday, February 21

New Orleans, LA
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, Louisiana
11AM to 5PM

Portland, OR
Rose Quarter/Memorial Coliseum Exhibition Hall
One Center Court
Noon to 6PM