Dexter Roberts, a current contestant on Season 13 of “American Idol,” is a singer, song-writer and avid bowhunter. While his trio of talents might seem an unlikely combination, this farmhand from Fayette, Ala., proves he can do it all.
Roberts plays guitar, drums and piano, and wants to learn the harmonica. He also fishes, drives tractors, trains duck-hunting dogs, and bowhunts hogs and white-tailed deer. “American Idol” judge Keith Urban calls Roberts, “The real deal,” and his Southern charm already has won viewers and votes.
Twenty-million “American Idol” viewers have watched Roberts perform. But before he wowed the nation with his guitar playing and country crooning, Roberts sang at the Huntin’ Is Good! booth during the 2014 ATA Show in Nashville, Tenn.
“The Trade Show is awesome,” Roberts said after playing and singing “Duck Blind,” his original song. “There are so many celebrities, and it’s cool to get to walk up and meet some guys you’ve seen on hunting channels all your life. It’s awesome. Great stuff.”
Craig Morgan, fellow country music artist and avid bowhunter, was one celebrity Roberts might have met at the Show. Roberts’ favorite singer/song combo is Morgan’s “Almost Home.” And during “Rush Week” on “American Idol,” Roberts performed Morgan’s hit “This Ole Boy.”
Roberts performed with the Sweet Tea Trio during the World Deer Expo in 2013. There he met Sam Klement, co-founder of Good Outdoor Technologies, which makes the “Huntin’ Is Good” branded shirts and hats Roberts has worn on “American Idol.”
Shortly before voters chose him to continue vying for American Idol’s top prize, Roberts bowhunted hogs with Tannenwood Outdoors in Georgia. But it was at the ATA Show, performing solo and alongside the Sweet Tea Trio, that he made his greatest impression on industry insiders.
“To say they were a big hit would be a gross understatement,” Klement said. “Several people commented about how talented Dexter and the Sweet Tea Trio were, and how much they enjoyed hearing them sing songs that promoted our industry.”
To see if Roberts becomes the next American Idol, check your local TV listings, and cast your vote.