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CD Giveaway: Gary Allan – ‘Get Off On The Pain’

Update:  And the winner is … dallad.  Congratulations and be checking your inbox for a message from me requesting your shipping information.  Thanks to everybody who commented and for all the suggestions regarding our Spotlight Artist feature.  We hope you enjoy Alan Jackson’s career retrospective this month and be sure to come back soon as we’ll be giving you a chance to win a copy of Alan’s latest album, Freight Train.

Gary Allan has spent his career honing his image as the edgy bad-boy of country music.  His music, always just on the fringe of traditional country, but with as much Eagles as Haggard influences, has been winning over critics and fans alike going into two decades now.  On March 9, 2010, Gary will release his eighth studio album on MCA Records.  The lead single has already made its way to the top 20 on the country singles chart.  It’s a little different from Allan’s usual fare.  However, the lush-sounding love song certainly fits neatly on country radio playlists.

Allan's eight studio album, Get Off On The Pain, drops March 9, 2010.

During the shortest month of the year, we’ve been analyzing the life and career of this southern California boy turned country music stalwart.  If you’d like to win a copy of Gary Allan’s latest album before it hits stores, we’d like for you to drop us a few suggestions.   Choosing a spotlight artist every month isn’t easy for us.  We have to take into consideration who has a new release coming out – we try to shine the spotlight on not only those artists who rank among our favorites, but on those with a new project in the works, so that gives us something to sort of lead up to all month long.

Also, we’ve tried to strike a balance between the classic and the contemporary. Personally, I think we’ve done a decent job so far, but now we want to know what you think.  Do you enjoy reading all the retro reviews that go along with spotlight artists, or would you rather we stick to what’s current?  Who would you like to see as a spotlight artist in the coming months?  The floor is open to your suggestions and comments.

Each comment made before 11:59 PM on Feb 28, 2010 will enter the poster into the running to win a copy of Gary Allan’s latest Get Off On The Pain.  Good luck to everybody and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on our progress so far.

29 responses to “CD Giveaway: Gary Allan – ‘Get Off On The Pain’

  1. Brandon February 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I really like the retro reviews. It helps with discovering obscure album cuts, which is like my second favorite pastime.

    Do Garth next? He’s got some awesome non-singles. On the other hand, I’ve got Brooks’ music pretty much down. How about Travis Tritt? Or Hal Ketchum?

  2. plain_jo February 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    The retro reviews are a big part of the reasons I visit this site a min. of once a day.

    I am fairly new to the site maybe, Lacy J. Dalton, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Joe Diffie?

  3. Sean February 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I love everything you do on this site, it’s why I keep coming back! For future spotlight artists I would love to see Sugalrand, but you can do something for them later this year when their CD comes out. *Hint hint* 😉 For now I’d love to see something on people like Vince Gill, Wynonna (or The Judds), Alabama, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Pam Tillis, LeAnn Rimes, Lee Ann Womack, Shania Twain, just to name a few! haha But whatever happens, I know I’ll still be visiting here daily! 🙂

  4. Bob February 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I’m with Brandon on the Hal Ketchum suggestion and his comment about the album cuts. HK is my favorite male country vocalist and a great song writer.

    Just discovered a great album cut that’s on a Gary Allan cd but I like it better by the co-writer, Radney Foster:

    Radney Foster – Half of My Mistakes
    6 min – Aug 28, 2009
    http://www.youtube.com

  5. dallad February 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I think Mindy Mcready should be next months artist she has a CD coming out March 23

  6. Jamie February 19, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Loving the series!

    I’d love to see Dixie Chicks next – with Court Yard Hounds coming out soon it seems like a great time.

  7. dallas February 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Alan Jackson and Gretchin Wilson both have new release coming in March

  8. Cheryl W February 21, 2010 at 2:26 am

    I agree with whoever said Sugarland. Also would love to see one on Dixie Chicks (Just the two, but can’t remember the new band name). That is what I am most curious about.

  9. Leeann Ward February 22, 2010 at 7:43 am

    This is an excellent series!I think you guys have done a great job of balancing. I’ll have to think more on artists whose music I need to learn more about, because that’s the main reason I love the series so much.

  10. Erin Forbes February 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I think Sugarland, Faith Hill–whenever she releases a CD, and Holly Williams–she is a fav of mine and very unknown!

  11. The Cox February 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I truly appreciate the classic album reviews, but I wouldn’t want you to swing to much further in either direction. It’s pretty good right the way it is. 🙂

  12. Chad February 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I love the mix of old and new. Reminds me of some old ones I miss (or missed) and keeps me up to date on the newer ones. Martina McBride is one of my faves–she’d be a good feature one month (or wait until she releases new music next). Mary Chapin Carpenter would be a fantastic one, and she has a new CD coming out this Spring.

  13. Amanda February 23, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I’m with Chad on this one….would LOVE to see one on Mary Chapin Carpenter….one of my favorites growing up!

  14. Sean February 23, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Just found this site through 9513 and it will quickly become one of my favorites. I would like to see a story on Hal Ketchum as well. Great singer, great songwriter, very underrated by the general public.

  15. Debkb February 25, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    How about Randy Travis?

    I like the mix of retro and current.

  16. Greg February 26, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I love the mix of retro and current. I’m in my early twenties, so it’s fun to see these retro clips/reviews and get into a new era of country music.

    I would like to see Garth Brooks as the next artist to review, possibly Lorrie Morgon.

    Another thing was thinking of, is instead of spotlighting an artist, why not spot light a year/decade in country music. Talk about the music industry, where it stood at that moment, awards moments, and reviews of the big albums that year. Just a thought. Keep up the good work!

  17. Dallas February 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    the Dixie Chicks have some really impressive unreleased songs

  18. dallas February 27, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Keith Whitley or Tim McGraw

    • Occasional Hope February 27, 2010 at 3:47 am

      We spotlighted Keith Whitley last May – you can catch up by clicking on his name on the tags list on the left hand side or entering his name in the search box.

  19. Angela February 27, 2010 at 1:39 am

    John Anderson

  20. Jeromey February 27, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Martina Mcbride has some pretty good songs

  21. Angela February 27, 2010 at 1:43 am

    or maybe Lee Ann Womack

  22. Paul W Dennis February 27, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I like the retro series – the problem with doing a series on the older artists is that they were so darned prolific – I’d suggest Hank Snow but as I sit here typing this I am listening to the (almost) accurately titled #104 – STILL MOVING ON (The LP DISCOGRAPHY website has photos of 72 of his albums – it also has photos of 152 George Jones albums and 92 Willie Nelson albums).

    The thought of wading through Hank’s discography scareseven me and I’m a big Hank Snow fan

    I do think a series on Tom T Hall woul be manageable since he issued less than 40 original albums

    • Razor X February 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      You’ve hit the nail on the head. Covering some of the legendary artists and doing them justice can be difficult because it’s just not possible to cover their entire discographies in the course of a month. Conversely, some of the newer artists don’t have large enough discographies to provide a month’s worth of material — a consequence of the current trend of only releasing an album every two or three years.

  23. SD February 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I love the classic and contemporary spotlight artists that you’ve been doing; I mostly listen to more of the contemporary country, but it’s great to be introduced to more of the classic country.

    As for artists, I tend to veer more towards the women. So: some Trisha Yearwood or Mary Chapin Carpenter would be excellent. Also: I’d love to be introduced to Emmylou Harris, but I have really no idea where to start. So that would be great!

  24. J.R. Journey February 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Nearly every artist that has been mentioned in these comments has come up at least once in our discussions of who to spotlight. There’s a good chance of seeing Randy Travis and Sugarland before the year’s end. Thanks for the suggestions and comments everybody.

  25. Chad February 27, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I second whomever said the Chicks. It would be interesting to do a retrospective given that Martie and Emily have a new CD coming out this Spring as well. Do a little compare and contrast. Some new songs are available streaming on their website, and I’m sure their debut at SXSW will be on youtube soon (at least I’m hoping).

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