Happy Twangsgiving, a 2011 Toast

As Twangville completes it’s 6th year in existence, it’s only right that we pause and raise a glass to all who have made this little site possible again for one more year. It’s artists like Jason Isbell, Will Hoge, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch and Old 97s who continually inspire us to write reviews. The under-the-radar artists like Mount Moriah, The Only Sons, American Gun, Matthew Ryan, and Glossary that keep us searching to try to find the next big thing. The awesome record labels like New West and Bloodshot help us organize giveaways to help promote new music and give back to the community.

More importantly, I want to extend a huge thank you to our posse of reviewers: Todd, Chip, Kelly, Eli, Shawn, and Jeff who volunteer their time to write many of the amazing reviews that you enjoy on a regular basis. I especially want to thank Mayer who works hard behind the scenes week after week to help us coordinate posts and for letting us live vicariously through all the live show experiences he shares with us.

Also, we can’t go without thanking all of you who read our articles and pass them on. We now have over 1,000 followers on Twitter and over 800 on Facebook which means our audience continues to grow. We write about Alt-Country, Americana, Folk, Rock & Blues music to share our own passions with others. So thank you for helping to keep the dream alive!

Twangville Tees

Twangville Tees

Before you go, be sure and check out our swanky new Twangville Tee Shirt Shop. For a limited time, we’re selling them as cheap as it costs to make ‘em as our way of saying thanks for your support. To sweeten the deal we’re giving away two free shirts! All you have to do is comment by midnight EST on Thursday, December 1, 2011 and tell us your favorite post from 2011. We’ll pick two random winners from all those who comment and follow up by email.

As a cheatsheet, here are a few of my personal favorites:

What’s your favorite Twangville post of 2011?

**By participating in Twangville contests you agree to allow Twangville to post the winner’s name and city on our web site. Twangville will not use your address for any other reason. Contest limited to US residents.


About the author:  Washington, D.C. area web designer by day. Certifiable music freak by night. Husband and father of two by the loving grace of God.


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  • http://www.suzannedavisphotography.com Suzanne

    What a great post. I am thankful that my photography post on Hoots & Hellmouth is one of your favorites!! 

  • Melisa Askew

    I like the review that was done on the Muscle Shoals Tribute show which was part of the Americana Music Fest and the videos you posted of Gary Nichols’ singing “Hey Jude”, Mike Farris singing “I’d Rather Go Blind” and Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie singing “Land of 1000 Dances”.  That was a great night and then to top it off, you should check out the Grand Finale of the night….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owy9tH_1wzkight

  • Maxlaw65

    My favorite post was easy: the one that ensured Twangville would ALWAYS be my homepage! http://twangville.com/6085/justin-townes-earle-live-at-the-rio-theater/  If any post captured the essence of what it’s like to live as a citizen of Twangville, it was that one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.ripple Jack Ripple

    It was so good of you to give one of my favorite artists, Ian Hunter a nod recently in a ‘Monday Morning Video’ post.  I also greatly enjoyed your posts about Paul Kelly and Eilen Jewell.  Well done, Twangville – cheers to many more anniversaries!

  • Kevin

    Easy for me, too. The review of Jason Isbell’s “Here We Rest”, which might be my favotite album of the year.

  • Wonga

    slake cleaves addendum – definitely!

  • Marty Dempsey

    Has to be John Hiatt – Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Betsy-Alperin/1685802520 Betsy Alperin

    Fav of 2011 — Jason Isbell to the ends of the city !!
    Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit put on a terrific show @ R&R Hotel, DC; we had a blast!! [bonus points for special guest Amanda (Pearl) Shires & Maria Taylor Band!
    http://twangville.com/7153/jason-isbell-to-the-ends-of-the-city/

  • wonga

    Slaid (stupid phone)

  • http://twitter.com/toomuchcountry toomuchcountry

    Gotta go back to early in the year as my fave with the review of Hayes Carll’s KMAG YOYO. Great post + have no choice but to vote for a review whose last sentence of its closing paragraph opens with Gram/Emmylou but closes with “easy cheese” and “drunken piehole”.

    http://twangville.com/6008/hayes-carll-kmag-yoyo/

  • Okietom

    The Alabama Shakes was a favorite post. These folks are intriguing and have a bright future

  • Tom Osborne

    Hey all. Winners have been contacted by email. Thanks for your comments

  • Tom Osborne

    Congratulations to Kimberly Cole of Grand Junction, CO and Tom Dunning of Edmund, OK who are the winners of our Twangville T-shirt promotion!