My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

May Music Giveaway

I’ve been consuming music for as long as I can remember now. Being a huge music fan, I’ve always enjoyed sharing my finds with my friends, sometimes forcing what I thought was good music on them. More often than not, at least some of it took, and I’ve converted more than a few hard-core rock, R&B, techno, and even rap fans into listeners of country music. It’s like that when you find something you really like: you want to spread it around. Two of my favorite albums of the year so far were released in the last couple weeks, the latest indie releases from one-time country hitmakers Mary Chapin Carpenter and Chely Wright, respectively. Click on the links to read my reviews of both discs. And keep reading for your chance to win a copy of both albums.

We have 3 copies of Chely Wright’s latest, Lifted Off the Ground to give away plus 2 copies of The Age of Miracles, the new album by Mary Chapin Carpenter to spread around. There will be 3 winners: 2 will each get a copy of both albums with a third winning only the Chely Wright release.

To enter to win, leave a comment telling who your favorite mainstream-to-indie artist is and why. You can choose someone like Carpenter and Wright, who both scored country hits before switching paths and leaving radio success behind, or someone who might have tried their hand at mainstream success and moved on to a different sound before commercial success found them. Three winners will be chosen at random and comments must be submitted before 11:59 PM on May 31, 2010.

And the winners are:

For a copy of both the Mary Chapin Carpenter and Chely Wright releases: Jamie and Sharon

For the Chely Wright release only: Judith Henkin

Congratulations to you all. We’ll be in touch shortly via email to get your contact information.

28 responses to “May Music Giveaway

  1. Jamie May 11, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I love both Mary Chapin Carpenter and Chely Wright and thing their recent releases have been amazing. I also like Jessica Andrew’s more recent work.

  2. Leeann Ward May 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    The obvious choice is Rodney Crowell for me. As we know, he had some great mainstream success for quite some time, but I enjoy his music from this decade (his least commercially successful) the most.

    • Leeann Ward May 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

      Interesting that one of your favorite albums of the year got a C though. And I thought I was a tough grader.:)

      • J.R. Journey May 11, 2010 at 10:09 pm

        🙂 I was sort of tough on The Age of Miracles because I graded it against The Calling. Right now, it’s still in my top 10 of the year though.

  3. Leeann Ward May 11, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I need to give The Calling another chance. I didn’t really take to it, which surprised me.

  4. Paul W Dennis May 12, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I guess that my favorite mainstream to indie artist would be Charley Pride, who has issued several fine albums on off-labels, although Ray Sanders is in the running also, as are Dale Potter, Darrell McCall and Donna Ulyse

  5. SD May 12, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I’ll go with Mary Chapin Carpenter. I didn’t start listening to her music until after she’d gone the indie route, so it was fun to realize how she’d made pretty big hits back in the day. + I’m always a fan of really clever songwriting.

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  7. Adam May 12, 2010 at 11:16 am

    My favorite mainstream to indie artist is Radney Foster. I think he’s got a great voice, and I tend to like the songs he wrote that are recorded by other artists better when he sings them! “Real Fine Place To Start” comes to mind.

  8. lanibug May 12, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Not sure who I would choose but a lot of artists I like have never been considered mainstream “hits”, because I like Shelly Fairchild and Ashley Monroe and others like them…but I would love to lay my hands on Chely’s new album because I have always loved her.

  9. Jake May 12, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Jason Boland, I like pearl snaps.

  10. Mike May 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Patty Loveless is my favorite mainstream to indie artist because her work has been so consistently strong in both phases of her career. What a voice!

  11. Erin Forbes May 12, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I really love Ashley Monroe’s work, I think she is a genius with her unique voice and songwriting skills

  12. Sean May 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Patty Loveless, without a doubt!!! 🙂

  13. Marc May 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    There is only one Miss Patty Loveless.

  14. Rick May 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I’m on board with Lanibug regarding Ashley Monroe and Shelly Fairchild, and also the mention of Radney Foster. I’d have to add Kim Richey, Elizabeth Cook and The Wrights to the mix as well. These are among my favorite artists whom I first saw on GAC or CMT when they were shooting for mainstream success that never materialized in a big way (well except for Radney’s success in the 1990’s with his hits off the “Del Rio, TX 1959” album.) That’s the way the cookie crumbles…

  15. Razor X May 12, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Most of the artists I really like are recording for independent labels now: Willie, Haggard, Dolly, Loretta, and Dwight are just a few that come to mind.

  16. lori May 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    of course it’s Mary Chapin Carpenter….. from her time at Columbia/Sony to now, she has stayed true to her craft and has released some of the most heartfelt, honest and resounding music for any woman in my age group. I am a big fan of Roseann Cash, Patty Loveless, Cheley Wright, and Allison Krause to name a few, but MCC still comes out on top. She also writes and produces her own stuff (and let’s not forget the contribution that John Jennings has made in her career.) She refuses to take the “popular” road and in it has garnered a steady and loyal following. From “Opening Act” to “4 June 1989” she rocks it.. Thank You MCC for your positive contribution to the lives of many by sharing your heart and soul…

  17. Sabrina5000 May 13, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Well I like Luke Stricklin. He had a small amount of success with “I’m proud To Be An American (By God’s Amazing Grace) ” He was in the service when he wrote that song and made a great homemade video as well . In fact GAC aired it several times. I thought it should have been a hit. To think that a serviceman would take the time to write and sing country music.

  18. Fred Nerd May 13, 2010 at 7:04 am

    I have every MCC album up until her 2nd last. As much as I love her later music, I think her really early albums were best.
    She’s an honest ,musician, making honest music.
    Others artists in my favourites are Robert Earl Keen, Adam Carrol, Steve Earle, Tom Russell, Nanci Griffith.
    If its REAL, I love it (I still love all the usual Nashville grind, but its all on a similar level)

  19. Judith Henkin May 13, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I like the progression of Steve Earle’s career. From Copperhead Road and Guitar Town to Townes.

  20. Rodney in South Carolina May 13, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I have always adored Chely Wright…and I do love her even more now that she is doing music that is heartfelt and real, not overly processed and forced. Her tenor is so distinctive and resonating. LOVE HER!!

  21. Felipe May 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    It seems like the ‘safe’ thing today is go indie, if you still wanna make music. Who came first to mind in that category that I really enjoy are Chely herself, Ashley Monroe, Katrina Elam, Rebecca Lynn Howard… and now maybe Jessica Harp!

  22. Chad MacNeil May 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I think the artist that continues to issue great country via Indie labels and should be congratulated for it is Mark Chesnutt. Despite the loss of big recording dollars to spiffy up his CDs, he continues to record great-sounding, real country music. One could even say some of his big label stuff, like “almost Goodbye”, looking back, might have been over-produced. I am very glad these indie labels around so I can still hear this guy sing.

  23. dale schmucker May 18, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    steve earle love copperhead road

  24. sharon May 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I think that Mary Chapin Carpenter and Cheryl Wright have taken the situation they are in, Mainstream to indie and reinvented themselves in a genuine way. Both are more authentic to themselves and their music shows it. They are not just doing the same old. They actually have gotten more seasoned. vs artists like JoDee Messina who tried to Nashvegas herself and is also back to her roots.

    Mary Chapin has always been in a space of hers own. Never moved to Nashville, remained her own songwriter, never sold herself except to herself.
    She is the real deal.

  25. Michael May 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I saw Mary Chapin Carpenter a few years back — she has to be my fav crossover. Her songs range from funny to poignant to clever. Great music and awesome backing band.

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