KHYI 100th Episode Contest – Wynonna & The Big Noise

Wynonna & The Big Noise

Seems like only yesterday I was introduced to the KHYI morning DJ Chuck Taylor at the 18th annual Texas Music Revolution at South Fork Ranch. Soon after he and general station manager Joshua Jones asked to do a casual morning segment featuring a song of my choice as well as live shows I’d recommend. Oh and happenings at this little blog and on my sundry social media.

Coming up on our 100th episode of our little segment, Twang Nation Radio, and I am here to tell you it’s been a great ride. We’ve celebrated extraordinary music, solemn moments for passing legends and celebrated the miracle that is Nashville hot chicken.

Chuck has become not just an associate and parter in sonic escapades but a friend. I’m in awe of his tireless commitment to sharing great music and making KHYI the preeminent roots music stations in North Texas, In short, he kicks ass.

Enough of the weepy bits and on to the swag!

Leave a memory of Twang Nation Radio, performers you’ve discovered, concerts you’ve found out about, times you wanted to punch me for bad-mouthing Sturgill Simpson, for a chance to win the latest awesome release from Wynonna & The Big Noise. Signed and on vinyl no less. REALLY!

One winner will be picked at random Sunday, April 24th, Wednesday, April 27th 2pm CST. THIS CONTEST IS INTENDED FOR LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ONLY.

Wynonna & The Big Noise is the rootsy release by Wynonna Judd and her cracker-jack band. Special guests include Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Timothy B Schmit and Jason Isbell. It was produced by Wynonna’s hubby (and drummer) Cactus Moser, and includes songs written by the band, Julie Miller, Raphael Saadiq, John Scott Sherrill and Chris Stapleton.

Good luck, and thanks for listening/reading.

Contest – Johnny Cash – Man In Black: Live in Denmark 1971

Johnny Cash - Man In Black: Live in Denmark 1971

Step right up folks for a chance to win special contest featuring none other than the Man in Black, Johnny Cash.

One lucky winner will receive one Record Store Day exclusive copy of Legacy Recordings limited edition, pressed on white and red colored vinyl, Record Store Day Black Friday release.

Recorded as a concert special on Danish television this collection offers classics like “I Walk the Line,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Folsom Prison Blues.” These songs were originally only available as a performance video of the event.

To enter just comment below (make sure to use a legit email) and tell us your favorite Johnny Cash song. One winner will be picked at random Friday, December 11th , 6am CST. THIS CONTEST IS INTENDED FOR LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ONLY.

Johnny Cash
Man in Black Live in Denmark 1971

Format: 2 x LP
Label: Legacy
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:
During an international tour of Johnny Cash’s popular music-variety TV show he documented the live Danish TV broadcast in 1971. Johnny Cash Man In Black: Live In Denmark 1971 is now available for the first time on LP. This hour-long performance features Cash’s newest and biggest songs including “I Walk The Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “A Boy Named Sue.” June Carter Cash joins him for three duets, solo performances wow the audience by the legendary Carl Perkins (of “Blue Suede Shoes” immortality), The Statler Brothers and the Carter Family all joining together for a gospel finale. This double LP is remastered and pressed on white and red colored vinyl commemorating the historic performance in Denmark.

Track List
“A Boy Named Sue”, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down”, “I Walk The Line”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Matchbox, “Me And Bobby Mcgee, “Guess Things Happen That Way”, “Bed Of Roses”, “Flowers On The Wall”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Darlin’ Companion”, “If I Were A Carpenter”, “Help Me Make It Through The Night”, “Man In Black”, “Introduction To The Carter Family”, “A Song To Mama”, “No Need To Worry”, “Children, Go Where I Send Thee”

Preorder the digital edition or CD.

The Devil Makes Three Contest

The Devil Makes Three

Bay Area roots-rockers band The Devil Makes Three is asking fans are asking fans to vote for their favorite tracks from the selections “Worse or Better”, “Hand Back Down” and “Old Number 7.” which will then be recorded as an acoustic performance.

The winning song will be chosen from the results of a compliation of 5 participating blogs and voting directly through Skype.

The acoustic performance will be made available to watch on Skype. Just add ‘CloserWithSkype’ as a contact and you’ll be notified when it’s available.

By Leaving your preference from these songs in the comments below you will be eligible for 2 tickets to any of the Devil Makes Three performances (posted below.) So also include your show preference.

A winner will be chose at random from the (so make sure to use a legit email) on Friday 1/16th at 12pm cst.

1/16/2015 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
1/17/2015 Chicago, IL House of Blues
1/18/2015 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
1/21/2015 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
1/22/2015 St Louis, MO The Pageant
1/23/2015 Manhattan, KS The Wareham
1/27/2015 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theatre
1/28/2015 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
1/29/2015 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
1/30/2015 San Luis Obispo, CA Alex Madonna Expo Center
1/31/2015 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
2/03/2015 Chico, CA Senator Theatre
2/04/2015 Arcata, CA Humboldt State University
2/05/2015 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
2/06/2015 Vancouver, Canada Commodore Ballroom
2/07/2015 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre

GhostTunes Contest


The headlines are full of performers not happy with the current market conditions for their music. Few have the will (or the clout) to build their own marketplace to take on the establishment.

Garth Brooks has used his massive comeback, releasing ‘Man Against Machine, his first album in 13 years along with a string of sold-out shows, to shine a light on these economic conditions and his own full-service music platform , which goes live today.

From the press release “GhostTunes focuses on providing the best music experience for both artists and the fans that love their music. Fans are able to listen to their music immediately upon purchase from the GhostTunes platform, without having to download the content to their device. Fans can also download their purchased content to play with the audio player of their choice on a phone, tablet or computer.”

Will this change things? Perhaps. For now it’s changed the conversation.

Leave a comment below for chance to win a $12.99 gift card and judge for yourself.

A winner will be chosen at random this evening at 7pm CST.

Good luck!

Record Store Day – “Buddy & Jim” Vinyl Contest


Step right up folks for a special Record Store day contest featuring New West recording artists Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale.

One lucky ,random, winner will receive one Record Store Day exclusive copy of Buddy Miller & Lauderdale new, acclaimed release “Buddy & Jim” on gloriously sonic 180 g 12″ Vinyl. This special release is limited to 1000 and each one is hand numbered. This particular baby is number 727.

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale are two of the pioneers of Americana. Their solo recordings, songwriting, studio session work and live performances (as front men and musical directors) have made them treasures of the roots and country music scene. In an unexpected moment of inspiration, the two have collaborated to make a true duets record, trading licks and verses for one of the most inspired and fun albums of 2012.

Here’s how to enter:
– On Record Store (4/20) Day buy any limited edition release (in case you’re wondering what’s available I’ve listed some great Americana and roots releases) and take an Instagram pick of your new treasure.
– use your twitter account and tweeet us a pic of your goodies with the hashtag #RSDTwang

That’s it. You’ll be entered to win this limited edition beauty.

Winner needs to be located in the United States and will be picked at random, Sunday, April 22nd, 12PM PST. Good luck!

1 I Lost My Job Of Loving You
2 The Train That Carried My Gal From Town
3 That’s Not Even Why I Love You
4 South In New Orleans
5 It Hurts Me
6 Vampire Girl
7 Forever And A Day
8 Lonely One In This Town
9 Looking For A Heartache
10 I Want To Do Everything For You
11 The Wobble

Shovels and Rope / Third Man Records Contest

Shovels and Rope Johnny 99

Casa Twang is proud to offer the latest from Jack White’s Third Man Records excellent Blue Series. The 7-inch vinyl features Charleston indie-folk duo Shovels and Rope covering Bruce Springsteen’s “Johnny 99” (listen below) on one side and Tom Waits’ “Bad As Me” on the other.

The Third Man’s Blue Series brings singers and bands traveling through Nashville by the third Man Studio to record one or two songs. The songs are then, as soon as possible, made available on 7” vinyl and digitally on itunes. The series also includes releases by Brittany Howard and Ruby Amanfu, Seasick Steve, Chris Thile with Micheal Daves , The Secret Sisters, Wanda Jackson and others.

It’s easy to enter in the contest, just leave a comment below! The picked at random winner will receive the 7-inch vinyl and a CD copy of the release. Winner needs to be located in the United States and will be picked at on 12 PM Pacific Time on Sunday, April 7th. Comment away and good luck!

UPDATE: Amanda Ramsey is the winner! Thanks all for commenting and look for more contests soon!

Secret Sisters Ticket Giveaway – War Memorial Auditorium/Nashville

If you live in, or are visiting, Nashville early next month you might want to set aside some time to see Secret Sisters play the beautiful War Memorial Auditorium on Sept. 6th. if you want a chance to win two tickets to that event just leave a comment below on what you like about the Secret Sisters. A post will be chosen at random on Friday 8/17 12PM PST. Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact the lucky winner.

I’m assuming the Sisters will be performing songs from their upcoming Brandi Carlile produced second release, which is scheduled for a fall 2012 release.

The first time I saw the Muscle Shoals, Alabama’s Secret Sisters ( Laura Rogers Lydia Rogers) was at a GRAMMY event for the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers honoring T Bone Burnett. Burnett’s then recent protégés had just released their self-titled debut album which featured him at the production helm. The Secret Sisters opened the event and I saw what he saw in the performers. Jaded industry folks stopped hobnobbing and stood entranced by the delicate harmony and winning personalities. I was a fan.

The duo recently released a 7 inch with Jack White at Third Man Records and also played White and and Karen Elson’s divorce party. (apparently this was only a rumor) The Sisters also had their song “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”, inspired by the Alabama tornado outbreak, featured on the T Bone produced soundtrack for The Hunger Games.

Here’s “Black And Blue,” a new song from the The Secret Sister’s upcoming album live from the stage at Wakarusa

Railroad Revival Tour Ticket Giveaway

As part of my own Twang Nation train redemption series we bring you an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to a Railroad Revival Tour show at a stop of your choice.

Railroad Revival Tour is celebrates a pivotal age of American transportation and the more recent musical spirit best exemplified by the Festival Express. That tour chartered a Canadian National Railways train to transport Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band, Buddy Guy and others to Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary, during the summer of 1970. The Railroad Revival Tour is a truly a uniques experience as travels town to towns aboard 16 vintage, 1940’s railcars, setting up open air, pop-up concert venues in parks, fields and lots around the railroad tracks where they stop.

Last year’s inaugural journey, featuring Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show, was a huge success and 2012’s version, featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Band of Horses, Jamey Johnson and John Reilly & Friends, is shaping up to be even bigger and better!

This year’s train route kicks off at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia surrounded by the historical steam locomotives and railcars of years past. The train then heads to Memphis, home of the legendary Stax Records and Elvis (and BBQ!.) Returning to the tour’s (and my) home state of Texas, the train will stop in the historical railroad town of Old Town Spring before heading west to Tempe, San Pedro and a finale where it began last year in Oakland, CA.

Now how do you enter the contest? Easy! Head over to the Twang Nation Facebook page and enter a caption for this pic. Rules: Post your caption on the image and the one with the most “Likes” at 1 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday August 1st will be claimed the Winner. Twang Nation reserves the right to settle a tie.
Make sure to “Share” the Facebook post with friends and family to increase your “Likes”.

Delta Rae News and Contest

North Carolina’s Delta Rae is a excellent new addition to a growing pop-folk field of performers that are almost single-handedly bringing the Americana music genre into the mainstream.  They join their contemporaries The Civil Wars, Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers and others embodying a branch of the Americana family tree that is attracting a significant number of fans that wouldn’t typically give twang and roots a listen. While these bands share the music on a larger stage, and bring more people into the genre tent, the soul remains intact.

Header over to my twitter page and for a chance to win a copy of their debut “Carry The Fire” and ook for a review of the album on Twang Nation soon. In the meantime you can stream the entire album over at Rolling Stone. The band has also been busy participating recently in Billboard’s “Under Cover” program by covering Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” as well as playing their single, “Bottom Of The River.”

Delta Rae will also be in LA on Tuesday celebrating the release of their album with a sold out show at the Troubadour. They’ll also be performing at the GRAMMY Museum in LA on Monday, June 18th as part of an event with Seymour Stein. They are also currently on tour and, if that wasn’t enough the band will also be performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno June 25th.

A larger stage indeed

“Bottom of The River” Official Video

Contest: Glen Campbell Expanded Meet Glen Campbell Giveaway

One of the highlights of attending the GRAMMYs this year was meeting the country legend Glen Campbell after seeing him rewarded the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. I was also fortunate enough to see him perform on the telecast and see Paul McCartney jam to his Rhinestone Cowboy during rehearsals. So when I was approached by Capitol/EMI to give away two copies of the expanded version of 2008’s Meet Glen Campbell.

Campbell’s legendary music career that spans more than five decades and has achieved chart-topping, platinum-selling pop and country success singing everyday tales of life, love, work, and heartache.  He has been honored with five GRAMMY Awards and trophies for Male Vocalist Of The Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy Of Country Music (ACM).  In addition to being inducted into the CMA’s Hall Of Fame, he has been awarded its top Entertainer Of The Year honors, and the ACM has honored him with its prestigious Pioneer Award.

Recorded at The Recording Studio and Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, Meet Glen Campbell was produced by Julian Raymond (Rosanne Cash, Fastball, Shawn Mullins, Wallflowers) with engineer/co-producer Howard Willing. The album features musical contributions by Campbell contemporaries as well as younger rock and alt-country artists who joined him in the studio, including Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. and Jason Faulkner from Jellyfish, and Chris Chaney from Jane’s Addiction. Campbell’s sons and daughters, who regularly perform with their father, recorded backing vocals for the tracks.

This expanded edition adds performances of Wichita Lineman” and “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and U2’s “All I Want Is You” from the “AOL Sessions” concert  as well as remixes of “Gentle On My Mind” and “Galveston.”(see the full playlist below)

It’s easy to enter to win; be over 18 and leave a comment below letting me know your favorite Glenn Campbell song. Two winners will be selected at random on Sunday the 19th, at 8pm PST, Be sure to leave your email or twitter handle and I’ll contact the winners. Good luck!









Meet Glen Campbell Playlist

1.  Sing                                                   (Travis)
2.  Walls                                                 (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
3.  Angel Dream                                   (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
4.  Times Like These                            (Foo Fighters)
5.  These Days                                      (Jackson Browne)
6.  Sadly Beautiful                                 (The Replacements)
7.  All I Want Is You                               (U2)
8.  Jesus                                                 (Velvet Underground)
9.  Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)   (Green Day)
10. Grow Old With Me                            (John Lennon)


11. Gentle On My Mind (2008 Remix)
12. Galveston (2008 Remix)
13. Wichita Lineman (AOL Sessions, 2008)
14. Rhinestone Cowboy (AOL Sessions, 2008)