Win Over the Rhine’s “Snow Angels”, CD Giveaway

**NOTE: Contest is now closed. You can still participate but will no longer be eligible for the giveaway.**

snow angels Tis the season for holiday music and its time to giveaway another great recent release. This time around it comes to us via Cincinnati based Over the Rhine with their new Christmas album Snow Angels. To be honest, I wasn’t aware of OtR until I heard their earlier ’07 release The Trumpet Child (another solid release). Shame on me considering they’ve been making music since 1991 and have composed over 15 albums. But in my book, its never too late to discover great music.

The band consists primarily of married couple Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. One listen to Bergquist’s enchanting vocals and you’ll understand how Detweiler fell for her. Smoky, sultry, torchy… however you want to describe the sound anything remotely close to those three seems to fit. Listening to either The Trumpet Child or their Christmas record Snow Angels you’ll hear how they effortlessly move from folk to jazz to blues and even hit a pop rock groove on occasion. Lyrics from the first track “All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue” set the tone for the rest, “Saxophone on the radio / Recorded 40 years ago / All I ever get for Christmas is blue”. The second track, “Darlin”, is an endearing tune full of forgiveness and hope. In other words, all that crap you dealt with this year just forget it for a moment grab your love, enjoy the magic of Christmas and start anew next year. “Goodbye Charles” is an ode to Peanut’s creator, Charles Shultz and very obviously Vince Guaraldi inspired. A favorite track on the album is the sultry, bluesy “North Pole Man”: “Cold hands cold feet / Darn snow darn sleet / It takes good friction / To make good heat.” That one followed by the rockin’ “Here It Is” is the knock out punch on one of the best Christmas albums available this season.

Purchase “Snow Angels” at the Over the Rhine Store, Miles of Music, Amazon and iTunes.

Thanks to Over the Rhine, Great Speckled Dog Records and the fine folks at Music Allies, I’m pleased to offer my promo copy of Over the Rhine’s Snow Angels as a giveway from Twangville. Simply leave a comment below and name your favorite Over the Rhine song or any favorite holiday album (see Mike’s favorites) and we’ll randomly select a winner from the comment entries. Contest ends Friday, 12/07/07 at midnight EST.*

*By participating in this contest you agree to allow Twangville to post your name and city on our web site. We will never use your info for any other reason than getting the giveaway to you (of course).

About the author:  Washington, D.C. area web designer by day. Music freak by night. I host Twangville‘s weekly Readers‘ Pick.

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  • Boyhowdy

    Fave OtR song: Let’s Spend the Day in Bed. Good voice, good production, nice, mellow beatles-esque instrumental bridge. Though the POOPSMITH song, from For The Kids 3, rocks hard, too. “poop goes in the potty/not on your brother…not on your hair, not on the porch…poop goes in the potty…not on the swing, not on the slide…”

    Y’all are getting some great giveaways here. Nice work!

  • Laura

    I love Good Dog Bad Dog. Poughkeepsie makes me weak in the knees!

  • Tamara

    I’m new to Over the Rhine as well and I’m so glad someone introduced me to them.

    I like Poughkeepsie, Suitcase, and Born.

  • Gorgeous Nicko

    Well, this has been quite a month – first I discovered Sugarland and then, indirectly from that, I came upon Over the Rhine.

    I’m torn between Born, Jack’s Valentine and Moondance – and I think I’m going to take the middle course … yep, Jack’s Valentine gets my vote.

  • Jay

    Have loved these guys from waaay back but “Suitcase” has to be one of the best songs ever written…she just breathes the song…so beatiful and meloncoly…stunning…

  • Tom

    Congratulations to Joshua F. from Monson, MA the winner of our Over the Rhine “Snow Angels” CD giveaway.

  • David

    What a nice giveaway, about 2 years too late, but that is still generous of you. Great music!

  • Marian Mccanless

    I had never heard of Over the Rhine until recently. Too bad I missed the contest! Maybe next time. Sugarland rocks!