Twang Nation 8th Anniversary Contest – Johnny Cash, Lone Justice , Gram Parsons

Twang Nation 8th Birthday

I know, I know. I don’t look a day over six. But it’s true! Your generally humble roots music blog, Twang Nation, turns 8 this month.

Where does the time go?

I started this on a lark. Cultural, geographical and psychological displacement of this Texan in New York City led me here. I gravitated toward the most stable ground that had always been there for me, music.

The great roots music I began to discover I wanted to share with a wider audience. And I wanted them share their findings with me. 8 years and three timezones later I’d say it’s going pretty well. I’m still chugging along, looking under rocks and atop branches to find and share great music.

And that’s saying something. In the midst of one of the worst times to become a musician there’s so music of it around, and more every coming across my desk(top) every day. I’m sure things were worse during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, and yet much of the music that I treasure was produced in those troubled times.

Maybe that’s the things about music. Even at it’s thematic darkest musics very presence is a sign of human optimism. Why else bother?

And these days optimism, and music, abounds. There’s more music than ever being produced in human history. Technology has allowed access to performance and strategy tools as a musician, and access and discovery for fans, than ever before. I hope I have contributed in some small way to your musical discovery. And with roots music awareness, Grammy categories and regularly appearances in TV shows and movies, the movement is showing to signs of slowing down.

And Twang Nation will be right in the middle of it. Bringing you the best in new and classic performers and live performances that remind us all that live music, made by fallible humans, can be intoxicating.

And believe me, the best is yet to come.

Keep up with us here on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and tumblr and come along for the journey. As we all know the road goes on forever….

As a thank you, Twang Nation is giving away a prize pack of three great slabs of vinyl for your listening pleasure.

Johnny Cash album 'Out Among the Stars'

First up is the recent release of Johnny Cash lost and previously unreleased material, “Out Among The Stars,” on Vinyl. This is a far cry from the Columbia Records produced Cash and producer Billy Sherrill. The results are classic cash with a contemporary roost twist with help from John Carter Cash, Marty Stuart and Buddy Miller.

Lone Justice

Nest up is the Lone Justice reissue from Omnivore Recordings, “This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983.” This album captures the raw talent of this pioneering band at their peak, touring L.A. punk clubs and taking no prisoners. Did I mention that this great album is on translucent red vinyl?!

Gram Parsons - Alternate Takes from GP and Grievous Angel

And the best for last the Record Store Day Rhino records exclusive release of Gram Parsons’ Alternate Takes from GP and Grievous Angel. tHIS 2LP vinyl release IS audio sourced from “The Complete Reprise Sessions” released in 2005. Contains a postcard insert at the request of Gram’s daughter, Polly Parsons, for the Hickory Wind Ranch Recovery Community. Foil numbering.

Just leave a comment below to be entered for all three albums. Birthday salutations or a band you might have found out about from me would be cool.

Now the boring stuff: The winner needs to be located in the United States and will be picked at random, Sunday, July 27th, 12PM CST.

45 thoughts on “Twang Nation 8th Anniversary Contest – Johnny Cash, Lone Justice , Gram Parsons

  1. Matthew
    July 22, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Happy Birthday!

  2. Ken Hall
    July 22, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Good Lord I want this. Happy Birthday Twang Nation. Check out Maggie Koerner. She’s gonna be huge.

  3. July 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Happy Birthday Twang Nation! You’re doing good work here Baron…keep on keepin’ on.

    -Doug Balmain

  4. David
    July 22, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Happy Birthday and thank you for eight years of splendor!

  5. James Martin
    July 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Happy Birthday TwangNation! You have turned me onto a lot of musicians over the years. Look forward to seeing you at the Americana Fest again this year. Keep up the great work!

  6. July 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Happy birthday! Not only have you turned me on to a whole slew of musicians, you have given me extra info on the ones I was already turned onto 🙂 Here’s to many more years of carrying the torch of good music

  7. July 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Happy birthday Twang Nation, you write pretty good for an 8 year old!

  8. Michael
    July 22, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Happy birthday! And thanks for what you’re doing– the info, the community, etc.

  9. Damon
    July 22, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Happy Birthday – I like the old stuff u dig up on you tube – the advanced notice of concerts – and your weekly picks for Khyi have been spot on.

  10. Chris Langill
    July 22, 2014 at 11:02 am

    HAPPY 8th Birthday! Love the Blog & turning me onto alotta bands old & new! Bring back the Podcast! miss that dearly! Peace & blessing on the future! Chris

  11. Dennis
    July 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Happy Birthday, Hope you have a long run & keep on sharing the good music!

  12. Bruce
    July 22, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Happy Birthday Twang Nation! RIP Johnny Cash and Gram Parsons.

  13. al
    July 22, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Happy Birthday and thanks for all the great postings. 1st listens at my house for Sturgill Simpson, and St Paul and the Broken Bones and probably a few more. One of the few FB follows that never fails to pique my interest. Thanks again!

  14. O'Shannon
    July 22, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Happy Birthday Twang Nation! Cheers to all of the first listens, loved artist heads up and record store day intel you’ve given us all!

  15. July 22, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Happy Birthday. Gram Parsons and Flying Burrito Brothers all day.

  16. July 22, 2014 at 11:52 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TWANG NATION!! We’ll be 8 this year as well. Keep on truckin’!! Skeeter Hawk Records-

  17. Casey Sexton
    July 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Happy Birthday Twang Nation!!
    I’m always amazed at how current you stay up on your information & how hard you work to get incredible artists their much deserved attention…it is not an easy job!
    You even take the time to support the little guys like me & I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.
    Congratulations on 8 years!

  18. Scott Williams
    July 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    From Sturgil to the Howlin’ Brothers, you haven’t steered us wrong – happy birthday, and here’s to many more!

  19. Josh G
    July 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    keep it twangy

  20. Matt P
    July 22, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  21. July 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Happy Birthday to TwangNation!
    You’ve turned me on to a lot of great music, including Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line. We host house concerts in Westchester and had Nora Jane perform earlier this year – it was one of our best shows!

  22. jenny
    July 22, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    i’ve been contesting my birthday since i was 32.

  23. Patty
    July 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Pretty new to TNation, but sure appreciate all yer #”artist name” badass and heads up *insert locale here* posts and tweets.

  24. Tom
    July 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Happy Birthday….. Thank you for all you do to keep the twang fire burnin. Here’s to many more!

  25. Amos
    July 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    See you at the AMA, and HB.

  26. Jen
    July 23, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Happy Birthday! Twang Nation is definitely one of my favorite guilty pleasures .. Keep on truckin!

  27. henrythedog
    July 23, 2014 at 9:59 am


  28. Bryan Boles
    July 24, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Happy Birthday!!!

  29. Baron Lane
    July 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm


  30. Peter
    July 24, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Happy Birthday TN!

  31. July 25, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Happy Birthday TwangNation… A wish for many more…

  32. RM
    July 25, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Happy B-day! Twang on!

  33. Syn666
    July 25, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Happy birthday!! Keep up the funny!! Great work!!

  34. July 26, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Lone Justice! College days for me back in LA – HBD twangggggNation!

  35. Jer
    July 26, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Happy BDay!…keep up the good work,!

  36. Nate Mc
    July 26, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Happy birthday! Neat giveaway with some really great prizes.

  37. Adam Thompson
    July 26, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Twang it up! Happy birthday!

  38. Brett
    July 26, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Happy Birthday! How about you make it down this way soon to see Texas Jamm Band at River Road Icehouse!

  39. Sharla M
    July 27, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Really enjoy your site and tweets. You’ve reminded me of music I hadn’t thought of for a while or suggested music is never heard of and LOVE so many times. Thanks for what you do!

  40. July 27, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Happy birthday, Baron of twang!
    🙂 XO, BS

  41. Richard
    July 27, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Congrats on 8 years. Keep up the great work!

  42. jack
    July 27, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Happy birthday. Great albums.

  43. Mike Switzer
    July 27, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Thanks for sharing all the great music.

  44. jeff groessl
    July 27, 2014 at 7:16 am

    keep up with the solid work twang nation!

  45. Daniel
    July 27, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Happy birthday! Keep it one-hundo, and chase that money playboy!

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