Win Big: a Fleetwood Mac “Rumours” Give-Away

Dave Grohl’s documentary on fabled California recording studio Sound City has been garnering a lot of attention lately. One of the classic albums that can trace some of its history to Sound City is Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rumours.

Fleetwood MacRumours remains one of the biggest selling albums of all time. It is perhaps not a surprise when one considers the classic hits that it contains, including “Don’t Stop,” “Dreams” and “You Make Loving Fun.” Heck, even “Silver Springs,” a b-side from the sessions, became a hit 20 years later.

To celebrate the album’s 35th anniversary, Rhino Records is releasing a special expanded edition of Rumours. In addition to the legendary album (plus the “Silver Springs b-side), the set includes a collection of live tracks from the subsequent tour and a host of outtakes from the recording sessions.

I, for one, love to see and hear how the music evolves from the original demos to the final release. In this way, this collection doesn’t disappoint. Listening to the demo of The Chain – just vocals and acoustic guitar – is chilling. One can hear Buckingham comment, “that was nice” at the end of an early romp through “Go Your Own Way.”

Want to listen for yourself? You can, of course, purchase a copy. Or you can win one here. We’re giving away a copy of the 3-cd expanded release, including the original album plus a disc of live tracks and a disc with selections from the recording sessions.

To win, post a comment with your favorite Fleetwood Mac song or lyric. A winner will be selected at random when the contest ends on Thursday, 28 February 2013 at midnight ET.**


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Who Will Win the Americana Grammy (plus a Paul Kelly give-away!)

With the Grammy Awards scheduled to take place on Sunday 10 February, this seems a good time to see who the Twangville community would like to see win the Americana Award. To sweeten the pot, everyone who comments will be eligible to win a special prize package.

So who do you think should win? Post a comment with the nominee that you think deserves the honor and you could win a special prize package (see details below).

The nominees are:

  • The Carpenter, The Avett Brothers
  • From The Ground Up, John Fullbright
  • The Lumineers, The Lumineers
  • Babel, Mumford & Sons
  • Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt

Paul KellyLongtime Twangville readers will know that I am a big fan of Paul Kelly (see exhibits A and B). Over a nearly 40 year career, Kelly has amassed an impressive discography. Regardless of the genre that he tackles – from rock to folk and from pop to bluegrass – Kelly is a master craftsman who fills his songs with memorable melodies and insightful lyrics.

Why am I sharing this with you? Two reasons. First, Kelly gets my write-in vote for the sheer caliber of his catalog.

Second, to celebrate Kelly’s latest release, we’re giving away a special nine, yes 9, cd prize package. The collection includes Kelly’s lastest stand-out, Spring and Fall, plus other releases from throughout his career.

Whether you’re new to Kelly and looking to explore his impressive catalog or a long-time fan looking to round out your collection, this will be one to enjoy.

To be eligible for this give-away, post a comment with the nominee that you think deserves the 2013 Americana Grammy Award (selected from the list above). A winner will be selected at random when the contest ends on Saturday, 9 February 2013 at midnight ET.**


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Paul Kelly photo credit: Leon Morris.

You’re Invited to a Badass Twangville Showcase!

Yup, you read it right. The Twangville posse is headed to Columbia, South Carolina. And being a music site, our visit wouldn’t be complete without a show. So we’ve made arrangements to take over Columbia’s New Brookland Tavern and invited some of our favorite artists to join us for a raucous night of rock & roll.

Check out this badass line-up:

Lydia Loveless

Audio Download: Lydia Loveless, “Can’t Change Me”

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Kasey Anderson

Audio Download: Kasey Anderson and the Honkies, “Mercy”

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Mooncussers

Audio Download: The Mooncussers, “Worcester Boy”

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American Gun

Audio Download: American Gun, “Therapy”

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Do you live in Columbia? Can you get to Columbia? Then come join us! In fact, we’ll make it easy for ‘ya. We’re giving away two pairs of tickets. To win, post a comment with the name of the appearing artist that you’re most excited to see. Winners will be selected at random when the contest ends on Tuesday, 21 February 2012 at midnight ET.**

Special thanks to Lydia Loveless, Mooncussers and Kasey Anderson for making the trip to join us and for American Gun for being our gracious hosts. We’re looking forward to a great night of music!


**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 for fulfillment. Twangville will not use your address for any other reason. Contest open to US and Canadian residents.

Photo credits: Paula Masters Travis (Lydia Loveless), Hilary Harris (Kasey Anderson), Dan Focht (Mooncussers), and Jonathan Boutknight (American Gun).

Win (Really) Big: Paul Kelly Box Set

If ever there was a Twangville give-away that I would want to win, this would be it. Several years ago Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly began playing multi-night shows during which he performed songs from his catalog in alphabetical order.

The shows begat plans for a box set; the planned box set begat a book. Although both have already been released in his native Australia, they are now getting a proper US release.

How impressive is the box set? Well, let’s start with how remarkable Kelly’s catalog is. With a career that has spanned nearly 40 years, it is a catalog of unparalleled depth filled with songs of emotional purity and musical allure.

The A-Z Recordings is comprised of eight cds that encompass 105 songs from throughout his career. Most of the performances are acoustic, shining a bright light on the brilliance of Kelly’s songs.

In celebration of this release and Kelly’s upcoming US tour, Twangville is giving away a copy of the A to Z Recordings. To win, post a comment with your favorite singer-songwriter. How simple is that? A winner will be selected at random when the contest ends on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 at midnight ET.**

Kelly talked about The A-Z Recordings at a TED Conference in Sydney last year. His remarks include the details behind “How To Make Gravy,” his Christmas song that “doesn’t have a chorus and is set in prison.” Brilliant.

Click here, here and here for more Twangville coverage of Paul Kelly.


**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 for fulfillment. Twangville will not use your address for any other reason. Contest open to US and Canadian residents.

Win Big: Elvis!

ElvisIs there anyone out there who doesn’t know Elvis? From the early Sun Studio years to the Vegas spectacles, he blazed a distinctive trail. Dig beneath the out-sized legacy, however, and you’ll find the heart of a musician. Over the course of his career, Elvis wrapped his voice around everything from gospel to country to rock.

In June of 1970 Elvis entered RCA’s Studio B in Nashville with a crack group of musicians including guitarist James Burton. In short order they roared through a collection of country and rockabilly gems, from Ernest Tubb’s “Tomorrow Never Comes” to Bob Will’s “I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water” to Willie Nelson’s “Funny How Time Slips Away.” Throw in a raucous take on Jerry Lee Lewis’s “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and the collection was complete.

Want to hear it for yourself? Twangville is giving away two copies of for ELVIS COUNTRY: LEGACY EDITION. To win, post a comment to this post with your favorite Elvis song. Really, it’s that simple. A winner will be selected at random when the contest ends on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 at midnight ET.**

ELVIS COUNTRY: LEGACY EDITION by ELVIS PRESLEY
(RCA/Legacy 88697 90439 2)

CD One: ELVIS COUNTRY – ORIGINAL ALBUM (originally issued January 1971, as RCA 4460) Selections: 1. Snowbird • 2. Tomorrow Never Comes • 3. Little Cabin On The Hill • 4. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On • 5. Funny How Time Slips Away • 6. I Really Don’t Want To Know • 7. There Goes My Everything • 8. It’s Your Baby, You Rock It • 9. The Fool • 10. Faded Love • 11. I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water • 12. Make The World Go Away • Bonus tracks: 13. I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago • 14. A Hundred Years From Now (studio jam) • 15. Where Did They Go, Lord (single, Hot 100 #33).

CD Two: LOVE LETTERS FROM ELVIS – ORIGINAL ALBUM (originally issued June 1971, as RCA 4530) Selections: 1. Love Letters • 2. When I’m Over You • 3. If I Were You • 4. Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off Of It • 5. Heart Of Rome • 6. Only Believe • 7. This Is Our Dance • 8. Cindy, Cindy • 9. I’ll Never Know • 10. It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) • 11. Life • Bonus tracks: 12. The Sound Of Your Cry • 13. Sylvia • 14. Rags To Riches (single, Hot 100 #33).


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