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Daily Archives: December 17, 2009

Sara Evans Christmas giveaway

It’s hard to believe that it’s December already, but Christmas is just around the corner. To get things rolling, we’re pleased to announce our latest giveaway. We’ll be giving away to one lucky winner a copy of our December spotlight artist Sara Evans’ brand new Christmas EP I’ll Be Home For Christmas plus a CD of the winner’s choice from Sara’s catalog. The EP is a digital-only release; the winner will receive via email an electronic gift certificate containing a code that will allow him or her to download the EP from the iTunes Store. It can then be copied to an iPod or burned to a CD or both.

The EP contains four songs: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, and “Go Tell It On The Mountain”, plus Sara’s duet with Brad Paisley, “New Again”.

The CD will be mailed once the winner lets us know which Sara Evans CD he or she needs to complete his or her collection.

To enter, simply post a comment telling us your favorite Christmas album and what special memories are associated with it. Comments must be posted by Wednesday, December 16th at 11:59 pm EST.

Please note that the Christmas EP can only be downloaded from the US iTunes Store.

Congratulations to Sean, who is our winner.  Be on the lookout for an email containing the code you’ll need to download the Christmas EP.  One of us will be in touch shortly to get your contact information and find out which CD you’ve chosen from Sara’s catalog.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

Classic Christmas Rewind: Martina McBride – ‘O Holy Night’

Single Review: Blake Shelton with Trace Adkins – ‘Hillbilly Bone’

As I was about to listen to this song for the first time, I couldn’t help but experience some feelings of trepidation, for while Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins possess two of the finest voices in country music today, both have a frustrating habit of frequently choosing substandard material. Unfortunately my reservations proved to be well founded with respect to this cliche-ridden, overproduced mess which is the title track and advance single to Shelton’s forthcoming EP, scheduled to be released next month.

If there is one thing that country radio doesn’t need right now, it’s another mindless redneck pride anthem. In the opening lines, which talk about the singer’s city-slicker friend who is visiting the south for the first time, I briefly got my hopes up that this song might be going in a different direction from the other redneck tunes that have been a staple at country radio in recent years, only to have those hopes dashed with the lyrics:

Don’t know nothing about grits and greens
Never been south of Queens
But he flew down here on a business trip
I took him honky tonkin’ and that was it
He took to it like a pig to mud, like a cow to cud

Beyond this, all we ever learn — repeatedly — is that we all have an inner hillbilly bone and and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. While clearly this is not meant to be a serious cerebral song, it spends three and a quarter minutes saying absolutely nothing. The production is way too heavy-handed, and the repetitive nature of the lyrics, particularly the tag line about getting on “your hillybilly bone, ba-bone, ba-bone, bone” will only become more grating on the nerves with repeated listenings. This release not only wraps up 2009 on a low note, it offers very little hope that things are going to improve in mainstream country in 2010.

Watch the music video here.

Songwriters: Luke Laird and Craig Wiseman

Grade: D