Dixie Chicks Giveaway

Juli Thanki | November 29th, 2011

dixiechicksstorytellersIt’s better to give than to receive, but this is one present you’re probably going to want to hang on to.  Thanks to Columbia Records, we’ve got a Dixie Chicks gift pack (which includes a just-released Dixie Chicks Storytellers DVD, one Essential Dixie Chicks CD, and one signed poster) to give away to one lucky winner.

To be entered in this contest, leave a comment below listing your favorite Dixie Chicks song and why it’s your favorite. The deadline is Friday, December 2, 2011 at 9 a.m. EST. A winner will be chosen via random number generator and announced in Friday’s news post. Be sure to use a valid email address, because that’s how we’ll contact the winner.

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  1. SamB
    November 29, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Goodness, there’s so many, but the one I’ll choose today is You Were Mine – the lyric ‘he’s two and she’s four and you know they adore you, so how can I tell them you changed your mind’ hits me so hard, every time I listen to it. Especially the way it comes near the end of the song, after the narrator has exhausted her other arguments, it’s a total sucker punch.

  2. Russell
    November 29, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Heartbreak Town – Can’t beat a Darrell Scott tune; the writing is fantastic – “I’ve got some front money/and I’ve got a next show/And I’m gonna need you/Down this yellow brick road”

  3. Ben Foster
    November 29, 2011 at 10:34 am

    There are so many Dixie Chicks songs that I love, but I think “Long Time Gone” tops because it exemplifies all the qualities that have endeared their music to me. It’s a smart well-written song, and it fully displays their beautiful harmonies and stellar musicianship. I suppose that description could apply to just about any Dixie Chicks song, but “Long Time Gone” was the song that made me a Dixie Chicks fan, so it carries a bit of sentimental value as well.

  4. Harriett
    November 29, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Picking one for a favorite is too hard. The first one that came to mind was “You Were Mine.”
    I agree with SAMB on the comment about that line. Gets me everytime, too.

  5. Michael A.
    November 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Whoa! This is a great prize. It’s hard to pick a favorite (and it changes every day), but today I’m going to say it’s “Voice Inside My Head” from Taking the Long Way. Everything about it works for me (the arrangement, the vocals and the lyrics).

  6. Kathleen J.
    November 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Wide Open Spaces… when I moved from Washington, D.C. to Boulder, Colorado, I played this all across the country for that move! Every time I hear it I remember how free I felt to be on a new adventure in my life, even if not all of my family or friends understood. LOVE IT!

  7. Angie
    November 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Cowboy take me away! Although, I could list about 10 others!! :)

  8. Sav
    November 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    “tonight the heartache’s on me”. Without question my fav Dixie Chicks tune. Pays homage to their Texas swing roots, and it’s just a flat out great country song. Bob Wills would be proud.

  9. Hard Times
    November 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    “Cold Day in July”

    Natalie’s voice is particularly exquisite on this one, and the sadness of the lyrics always slays me:

    The moon is full and my arms are empty
    All night long I’ve pleaded and cried
    You always said the day that you would leave me
    Would be a cold day in July

    Plus, at my first Dixie Chicks concert, snow started falling on the crowd from the arena ceiling. I know, kind of cheesy, but I’m a sucker for that kind of literal exclamation point. And the snow looked really cool.

  10. Leeann Ward
    November 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    “Long Time Gone”. I love the lyrics, the melody, the production and how Natalie sings it like there’s no tomorrow.:) Then again, Merry Christmas from the Family is pretty awesome too.:)

  11. Vanita
    November 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    There are so many to choose! But I think I’ll have to choose “Travelin’ Soldier”. It was one of the first country songs I heard when I started listening to country music as a teenager and since then I’ve been hooked.

  12. Jon
    November 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    “Tonight The Heartache’s On Me” isn’t a Texas swing tune, it’s a shuffle, owing a lot more to Ray Price and Charlie Walker than Bob Wills. Just sayin’.

    My favorite, hands down, is “Ready To Run,” which covers an awful lot of tasty musical territory in a brief period of time.

  13. AnnieV
    November 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    “Wide Open Spaces.” I was a teenage girl when that song came out, so of course it’s my favorite; I really related to that song back then, and I still do, now. I also love “Goodbye Earl.” I know it’s not as ‘good’ as, say, “Traveling Soldier” or “Long Time Gone,” but it’s a lot of fun, and it has a shout-out to my favorite extracurricular activity, FFA.

  14. Shannon Welsh Zavada
    November 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    How can you pick just one from such a phenomenal group? I guess it is technically not an original Dixie Chicks song, but my favorite will forever be their cover of Landslide.

  15. Gator
    November 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    “Heartbreak Town” for the spectacular performance, the sincere reality of the lyrics that can be adapted to numerous aspects of life, and frankly the balls they needed to record, let alone release the song as a single, that stood as a testament that they weren’t just about the benefits of success.

  16. Eric
    November 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I could pick about five or six favorites, almost all from “Fly” (undoubtedly one of my desert island discs), but if I’m limited to one, I’ll say “Hello Mr. Heartache”. Natalie’s voice on it,along with the terrific production and prominent steel make it perfect already, but the lyrics are what really do me in. They’re at once so sophisticated and clever, while still maintaining a raw and heartbroken edge. It just doesn’t get any better.

  17. sheldon
    November 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Travelling Soldier. I love slow story songs…

  18. idlewildsouth
    November 30, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I am torn. I’m a huge, huge, huge, huge Darrell Scott fan, and regularly cover Heartbreak Town, so sometimes it’s my favorite…

    honked the horn when we crossed the state line
    woke up the baby and she started to cry
    she must have known what we were going to find….

    I would have to say, though, my favorite of theirs is Travelin’ Soldier.

    Cryin’ all alone under the stands
    Was a piccolo player in the marching band….

    Every time I hear that lyric I choke up. It’s by far my favorite.

  19. Paul W Dennis
    November 30, 2011 at 2:50 am

    It’s a tossup between “Thank Heavens For Dale Evans” from their first album and “Tonight The Heartache’s On Me” from their fourth album

  20. Tara Seetharam
    December 1, 2011 at 12:08 am

    How do you choose? The critic in me says “Long Time Gone”…but my heart says “Cowboy Take Me Away.” :) It’s just magical.

  21. Julia McCrossin
    December 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Either the very first Dixie Chicks song I heard (“There’s Your Trouble”), or their cover of Patty Griffin’s “Truth No. 2.” The chorus on “Truth No. 2″ is enigmatic, and Natalie sings it so well.

  22. bob
    December 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Still can’t choose – they had sooo many great songs.

    Saw on That Nashville Sound that the Courtyard Hounds will be putting out a new album next year. Looks like the Chicks are done. I’m glad I got to see them twice.

  23. MEL
    December 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Wide Open Spaces tied with Cowboy Take Me Away
    –both bring back SO many memories!

  24. luckyoldsun
    December 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I was not a fan of the DC’s and i never heard of it before, but I just checked it out and I’ll go with “Thank Heaven for Dale Evans”

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