Win Big: Shonna Tucker Sends You Vinyl and a Case of Old Milwaukee

Shonna Tucker and Eye CandyThis ranks high on the list of the coolest give-aways that we've done. To celebrate the release of A Tell All, Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy are offering one lucky Twangville resident a special test pressing of the album on vinyl. Even better, the vinyl is packaged in an (empty) case of Old Milwaukee that has been signed by the band. How awesome is that?! What I love about this give-away is how well it fits with the album. From the anthemic “When Jimmy Came Home” to the folksy shuffle of “Arielle”, this is the kind of music that makes you want to kick back with a group of your closest friends and a case of beer. Or maybe a keg. Shonna Tucker and Eye CandyWe're going to follow Tucker's lead on this one. There's beer-drinkin' music and there's beer that's made for music. To be eligible to win, post a comment with your favorite beer. If you're up to the challenge, also let us know the perfect song to accompany your beer selection. A winner will be selected at random when the contest ends on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at midnight ET.** As you consider your selection, here's Tucker and Eye Candy performing "Old Fashioned" in Tucker's living room.
**By participating in Twangville contests you agree to allow Twangville to post the winner’s name and city on our web site. We pass along the winning addresses to the record company or appropriate party for fulfillment. Twangville will not use your address for any other reason. Contest open to US residents.

Win Big: Meet Stephen Kellogg

How would you like to meet Stephen Kellogg and see him perform? Well, here's your chance! To celebrate Kellogg's upcoming "All Love, Future's Bright" tour, Twangville is giving away an incredible prize package that includes a pair of tickets to a show* on the tour plus a special meet-and-greet with Stephen at the show. To be eligible to win, post a comment and tell us the name (and performer) of your favorite song from this year. A winner will be selected at random when the contest ends on Thursday, 12 Sept 2013 at midnight ET.** Both the winner and a runner-up will receive a signed copy of Blunderstone Rookery, Kellogg's latest release. Stephen Kellogg Here are the dates for the "All Love, Future's Bright" tour: + 10/8/2013 The Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary Newport, KY + 10/9/2013 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH + 10/10/2013 Blind Pig Ann Arbor, MI + 10/11/2013 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL + 10/12/2013 The Demo St. Louis, MO + 10/13/2013 The Maintenance Shop Ames, IA + 10/16/2013 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI + 10/17/2013 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI + 10/18/2013 Fine Line Music Cafe Minneapolis, MN + 10/19/2013 Magnolia Festival Live Oak, FL + 10/21/2013 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA + 10/22/2013 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR + 10/23/2013 Cafe Du Nord San Francisco, CA + 10/25/2013 McCabe's Los Angeles, CA + 10/26/2013 Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA + 10/27/2013 Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach, CA + 11/6/2013 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO + 11/7/2013 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS + 11/8/2013 House of Blues - Cambridge Room Dallas, TX + 11/9/2013 Lamberts Austin, TX + 11/11/2013 Workplay Theatre Birmingham, AL + 11/12/2013 Smiths Olde Bar Atlanta, GA + 11/13/2013 Exit/In Nashville, TN + 11/14/2013 Radio Radio Indianapolis, IN + 11/15/2013 The Basement Columbus, OH + 11/16/2013 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA + 11/17/2013 Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY + 11/18/2013 Ninth Ward at Babeville Buffalo, NY + 11/21/2013 9:30 Club Washington, DC + 11/22/2013 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA + 11/23/2013 Iron Horse Northampton, MA + 11/29/2013 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA + 11/30/2013 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
*Winner will receive two tickets to the show of his or her choice from the posted list, with the exception of the Magnolia Festival on 19 October. List of shows eligible for the prize package is subject to change. **By participating in Twangville contests you agree to allow Twangville to post the winner’s name and city on our web site. We pass along the winning addresses to the record company or appropriate party for fulfillment. Twangville will not use your address for any other reason. Contest open to US residents.

Bakersfield – Review & Giveaway

Although we tend to think of the rebellion against the slick production values that Nashville country music is perhaps best known for as a fairly recent phenomena, it dates back over 50 years to a group of artists, and a Capitol Records producer, that called Bakersfield, California, home.  The Bakersfield Sound eschewed the strings and overdubs in favor of straight-ahead instrument picking and a tap-your-foot backbeat.  Although a number of artists over the next decade recorded Bakersfield-influenced albums, the two biggest stars were Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Country mega-star Vince Gill and his buddy, Paul Franklin, have decided to pay tribute to those early rebels with a collection of Owens and Haggard songs from that era entitled, simply, Bakersfield.  Containing 5 songs each made famous by, and mostly written by, Owens and Haggard, the disc is a peek back into time.  Although obviously recorded with modern equipment, Gill produces the Telecaster squall and Franklin the pedal steel twang that started the west coast sound that impacted everyone from The Flying Burrito Brothers and Pure Prairie League in the 70's to I See Hawks in L.A. today. As far as the cuts themselves, two were real stand-outs for me.  The record opens with a Buck Owens number, Foolin' Around.  With a clear influence from Bob Wills and his western swing it features Franklin on pedal steel and goes to the heart of the twangy sound you'll recognize immediately.  Not to mention the lyrics with their story of love that can't be broken, "when you're tired of foolin' around with two or three, come on home and fool around with me."  Aside from Mama Tried, probably my favorite Merle Haggard song is The Bottle Let Me Down, and it's included here.  It's got some great instrumental interplay between Gill's guitar and Franklin's pedal.  Gill certainly has a silkier voice than Haggard, and it adds a touch of melancholy not captured in the original. Bakersfield_Cover If you're in a mind for some old school country music, or maybe want a glimpse into the sound that influenced generations, you can't go wrong with Bakersfield. As luck would have it, our friends at EMG have offered a few copies of Bakersfield for Twangville readers to call their own.  So post your favorite Bakersfield song & artist in the comments section before August 15th, 2013, at midnight ET and the winner (drawn at random from all those submitted) will get a signed copy of the Bakersfield CD.  The runner-up (the next name drawn) will get a regular copy of the CD.  Although Vince and Paul chose to just cover Haggard and Owens songs, we'll give you a little more leeway if you happen to like another Bakersfield artist (I happen to be partial to Jean Shepard.) **By participating in Twangville contests you agree to allow Twangville to post the winner’s name and city on our web site. We pass along the winning addresses to the record company or appropriate party for fulfillment. Twangville will not use your address for any other reason. Contest open to US residents only.

Win Big: Signed Twangville Music Festival Poster

Twangville Music FestivalSo, the Twangville posse is just about recovered from last month's Twangville Music Festival, a weekend's worth of fantastic performances from six incredible artists. We're not done yet, however. We're giving away a couple of limited edition Festival posters. Even better, the posters are signed by each of the musicians who performed at the Festival: Session Americana, Kevin Gordon, Bill Janovitz, Joe Fletcher, Stephen Kellogg and Sarah Borges & her band. To be eligible for this give-away, post a comment with the best live performance that you've seen this year. Please include the artist, venue and date. A winner will be selected at random when the contest ends on Sunday, 28 July 2013 at midnight ET.**
Here are a few more choice pictures from the weekend's festivities. Sarah Borges at the Twangville Music FestivalBill Janovitz at the Twangville Music Festival See more photos from the Festival here.
**By participating in Twangville contests you agree to allow Twangville to post the winner’s name and city on our web site. We pass along the winning addresses to the record company or appropriate party for fulfillment. Twangville will not use your address for any other reason. Contest open to US residents only. Photos by Suzanne Davis McMahon (Suzanne Davis Photography)

Win Big: A Joe Pug Signed Vinyl Give-Away

Joe PugOne of the best parts of Twangville is discovering an artist early in their career. It is incredibly satisfying watching said performer build an audience and grow as an artist. In that light, it was great to see Joe Pug when he passed through Boston a few weeks ago. From his early days as an acoustic troubadour to his more recent band-oriented output, Pug has held a regular spot among Twangville’s list of favorite artists. Why am I telling you this? After the Boston show Joe was kind enough to sign a vinyl copy of The Great Despiser, his latest release, for one lucky resident of Twangville. To be eligible for this give-away, post a comment with your favorite up-and-coming artist. Perhaps it is a musician or band from your hometown or maybe one that caught your attention from afar. A winner will be selected at random when the contest ends on Sunday, 31 March 2013 at midnight ET.**
**By participating in Twangville contests you agree to allow Twangville to post the winner’s name and city on our web site. We pass along the winning addresses to the record company or appropriate party for fulfillment. Twangville will not use your address for any other reason. Contest open to US and Canadian residents.