He has the name, the look, the story and the sound. John Wayne Schulz is a real, American cowboy.
Or, following last night's audition in Austin, we should say: a real, American Idol cowboy.
The 23-year old - who released an album on an independent label when was was 14 - wowed judges and viewers with his rendition of "Believe." As part of a family that has goes back to 1857 in Texas, Schulz ropes cattle for a living and dedicated his performance to his mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago. Watch now.