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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?