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Giveaway: Loretta Lynn Prize Package

Update: Congratulations to Chad MacNeil.  He’s the winner of this great Loretta Lynn prize pack.  We’ll be emailing you soon.  Thanks to everybody who commented and keep checking back for another giveaway and also for our coverage of our May Spotlight Artist, Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Today marks the 75th birthday of country superstar and living legend Loretta Lynn.  Her life story is perhaps the most well-known and interesting in all of country music.  A 1980 movie based on Loretta’s best-selling autobiography won the film’s star Sissy Spacek an Academy Award for her portrayal of the singer.  Her songs literally plowed a new path for women in country music and she’s been rightly compared to a female counterpart of Hank Williams.  To commemorate Loretta Lynn’s three-quarters of a century on Earth, My Kind of Country has been digging into the catalog of this phenomenally talented lady, reviewing the exemplary music she’s created, and recommending some of our favorite songs to you.  We hope you’ve enjoyed reading and listening as much as we’ve enjoyed writing and selecting.

To cap off the month’s coverage, we’re offering you a chance to win a Loretta Lynn prize package that includes:

  • Still Woman Enough – the follow-up to her first biography, the revealing 350+ page memoir picks up where Coal Miner’s Daughter left off and tells more about her marriage and her life in Nashville.  Packed with interesting insider stories and told in Loretta’s signature backwoods conversational style, Still Woman Enough is a must-read for any country fan.
  • Honky Tonk Girl –  box set retrospective spanning Loretta’s entire career.  With 70 tracks spread out over 3 discs, almost all of her biggest and best-loved hits and songs are here.  The collection includes duets with frequent collaborators Ernest Tubb and Conway Twitty, though a handful of Lynn and Twitty’s biggest hits are notably absent here.  These can all be found on Conway’s own box set from the same year.

Coal Miner’s Daughter was one of the first big-screen adaptations of a country music autobiography, and is certainly one of the best-known.  And biopics seem to be making a comeback in popularity too.  In recent years, we’ve seen several other life stories make it to the big screen.  Nashville native Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar for her performance as June Carter Cash in Walk The Line and the previous year Jamie Foxx hit the big time portraying Ray Charles, winning the Best Actor Award from the Academy.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment before April 30, 2010 at 11:59 P.M. telling us what country star’s life and times you’d like to see a feature film made about.  Whose biography would play best on the big screen and why?

16 responses to “Giveaway: Loretta Lynn Prize Package

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  2. Jake April 15, 2010 at 11:55 am

    After the recent court room drama I think it would have to be Billy Joe Shaver. Hank Williams and Roy Rogers would also make for some good t.v.

  3. Brett April 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Hank Williams all the triumph & heartbreak hes country musics most infamous person but i think faron youngs life would make a good movie also

  4. Sean April 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I’d love to see a movie about Reba because she is my favorite singer! 🙂 I’m also interested in Dolly’s upcoming work, something about a movie and another musical.

  5. Chad MacNeil April 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    First of all, happy birthday to Miss Loretta. Love her music and think she’s a great ambassador to country music. Some current artists ought to pay more attention to what she’s done; they’d benefit from it.

    As for another artist a movie ought to be made about, I vote for Brooks & Dunn. Given that they have recently decided to break up, and the general feeling that they’ve strained working with each other for some time, it would make a good story. The guys never really had anything play out in public, so showing how they coped over the years while delivering incredible music would be worth seeing on the big screen. Add to that their struggles as solo artists way back when, and where they go from here now that they are on their own adds to the story of Ronnie and Kix. And finally, I guarantee those guys would have some pretty funny moments for us to see.

  6. Razor X April 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I’d like to see the Charley Pride picture that was supposed to be in production but I haven’t heard any more about it in a long time.

  7. Rick April 15, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I think the life of Wynn Stewart would make a fine movie. Wynn was one of the creators of the “Bakersfield Sound” and was the first to hook up with a budding songwriter named Harlan Howard back in the late 1950’s. Wynn even lived with Harlan and his wife singer Jan Howard for awhile in Los Angeles. Wynn was the first to record Harlan’s “Above & Beyond (The Call of Love)”, and then Buck Owens got hold of it and made it his first radio hit! In the early 60’s Wynn ran his own club in Las Vegas named “Nashville Las Vegas” and for awhile Merle Haggard was a member in the house band that backed Wynn. Merle’s first radio single “Sing a Sad Song” was written by Wynn. The fact that Buck and Merle became huge country stars and Wynn faded into obscurity is what would make the story so interesting. I can guarantee the movie would have a killer soundtrack!

    Second choice would be Johnny Paycheck, although keeping track of all his name changes might be confusing to the audience, and especially if they’re drunk! (lol)

  8. ellie April 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    kenny rogers- there are some interesting incidents in his past that would make a good movie1

  9. Tom April 16, 2010 at 7:14 am

    …waylon jennings’ life might yield quite entertaining 90 minutes or so.

  10. KathyP April 16, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I think Willie Nelson’s bio would make for a great movie. Man of many talents and a few vices. Although I can’t think of any actor who could pull it off. Any ideas?

  11. Greg Victor April 16, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I’d love to finally see a movie about the greatest influence on today’s contemporary singers: George Jones. Heck, I’d love to write the movie to make sure it’s not just about the backstage agony, but also about the onstage ecstasy.

  12. Leeann Ward April 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I agree about Willie. It’s important that it’s about someone whose willing to be honest about most things in his/her life, which really only leaves the older stars, I think. Otherwise.

  13. KathyP April 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Even if they’re willing to open up completely, most young stars don’t have the life experiences, drama and even some humor, combined, that it takes to make an interesting bio movie. I think they don’t make them like they used to. Any ideas, people? Still looking for someoneto play Willie, too.

  14. Julie April 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Merle Haggard…I loved his autobiography and love his music.

  15. Carolsue April 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I have always loved Kris Kristofferson. I’m not too sure how eventful his personal life is (did you know he was a Rhodes Scholar?) but he has sure done his part in the writing and singing of country music! His voice is so sexy!

  16. dale schmucker April 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    johnny paycheck- that boy was nuts!!!

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