Win Big: Johnny Cash

Few legends shine brighter than Johnny Cash. Over the course of a nearly 50 year career, he defined and re-defined American music in his own iconic style. And as anyone who has seen footage of his appearances at San Quentin or Folsom Prisons can attest, his live performances are the stuff of legend. Over the […]

Win Big: The Beach Boys “SMiLE Sessions”

SMiLE may be the most famous album never heard. After unleashing Pet Sounds, arguably one of the greatest albums ever recorded, Brian Wilson wanted to further explore the complex and innovative recording techniques of that release. Painstakingly recording an array of instruments and meticulously layering vocal harmonies, Wilson was on a quest for perfection. Forty-five […]

Win Big: The V-Roys!

There are some bands that were destined for greatness but somehow got derailed along the way. Unfortunately for all of us, Knoxville, Tennessee’s V-Roys fall into that category. Formed in 1994, the band released a scant three albums before bidding farewell in epic fashion with a show on New Year’s Eve, 1999. Fast forward twelve […]

Win Big: Paul Kelly

What is it about Australia and New Zealand? Per capita, they’ve got some of the most talented and enjoyable musicians in the world. Neil Finn and Tim Finn (from Splitz Enz to Crowded House and the solo stuff in between) to Kasey Chambers to You Am I. And then there’s Paul Kelly. Kelly himself best […]

Win Big: Lydia Loveless & Eilen Jewell

This year has seen a number of impressive releases from women artists. At the top of the list stand Eilen Jewell and Lydia Loveless. Each, in their own way, recalls the musical spirit and individuality of Loretta Lynn. Jewell is the more traditional of the two, breathing fresh air into a classic country sound, while […]

Hayes Carll Vinyl Giveaway!

A few months ago, we took an initial look at the latest record from Hayes Carll, KMAG YOYO (And Other American Stories), and decided that yes, it was worth having and was indeed a good record, but wasn’t the greatest record of Carll’s young career. Well, a few months later, those feelings haven’t necessarily changed, […]

Battle of the Bands: Truth & Salvage Co. vs. The Dustin Bentall Outfit

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY SERIES! As a way of saying thanks for being a part of Twangville we’re reaching into our archives to offer up some free music. To do this we’re going to have an old-school “battle of the bands” promotion where you watch a video from two different bands and pick a winner. Maybe you’ll […]

Win Big: Unbelievable Johnny Cash Prize Package

An original demo of “I Walk the Line.” Early recordings with Sam Phillips. A solo acoustic version of Leadbelly’s “Goodnight Irene.” If one every wanted to understand why Johnny Cash is a legend, this collection of 57 tracks from speaks volumes. Cash had a voice that commanded authority. The demos captured here – more than […]

Listen Up & Win Big: Matthew Ryan

As good as last year’s electric Dear Lover was, this year’s acoustic companion is even better. The sparse arrangements showcase the tenderness and vulnerability of Ryan’s lyrics without losing any of the intensity. The hushed whisper of “The World Is” illuminates the songs frailty, making Ryan’s quiet optimism that much more evocative. “The world is […]