Tuesday, September 23, 2008

spreading the love (with a giveaway at the end!)

The first chord I heard of Ray LaMontagne’s I was hooked and then I heard his voice and lyrics and I was in love. I played him for Jake and he said, “He sounds like Van Morrison or Elvis Costello or something.” My reply was, “yeah, but way better!” His songs make me feel something so deeply. (And we get to see him next month live! Yippee!)

It’s great to find someone who has a familiar sound, a sound that you’ve always loved and keep going back to, but they’ve made the sound better than the original. (Did that make sense?) That’s how I feel about Johnny Lloyd Rollins. I got introduced to his music through one of my best friends in High School (he’s her brother!) and now I’m a drooling, adoring fan.

I’ll give you a few links if you want to check him out…click here for yummy video of him performing Let's Be Poor Together, here to go to his myspace and listen to more music, here to go to his website, and of course youtube has lots of videos to choose from.

Here’s what a few critics have said about him:

"He's been compared to Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, and, of course, a young version of the King. That's just it. You can't pin him down."--Jenny Block, D Magazine

"It's like the tunes of Buddy Holly, Elvis and Roy Orbison in a blender set on puree."--Shannon Sutleif, Dallas Morning News

"He puts a Beatles-y twist on Texas roots songs, or perhaps vice versa, with a penchant for smart lyrics and even smarter chord changes."--Jonanna Widner, The Dallas Observer


Beatles, Smeatles, they’ve got nothing on Johnny in my book. Way to take the great from the classics and put a modern twist on them to make them even better, Johnny!

Johnny recently sent me a couple CDs and I thought I would share the love. If you’d like to win his CD, Let’s Be Poor Together, just leave a comment in the comments section before Monday (9/29) morning at 12:00am and you’ll be in the drawing. Good luck!

25 comments:

Georgia said...

Oh Oh! I want a chance to win!! I LOVE this kind of music :)

Georgia said...

I have to add... I think he must have won some kind of gene pool jackpot... he is GORGEOUS!

brittany said...

yes. yes he is. I didn't think I'd have to mention that part--it's like a nice little bonus.

Chris said...

Good looking guy, great music, I'm so in!!

Red Seaglass said...

LOVE JOHNNY!! thx Johnny for sending my husband the best birthday gift. The gift of learning to play your music!! He is in 7th heaven. thx for also being so easy on the eyes!

Tamara said...

Tee hee....JLR is going to love this Britt! Thanks for being a fan...wish everyone was. The boy needs to get signed already!

Clairissa said...

Oooo...ya. I love giveaways. And you rock, too :) xoxo

Johnny said...

Hey Brit!

Thanks for the post.. I am glad you have enjoyed my tunes.. All these comments are making me say "aww shucks!"..

Anyhoo,

Let me know who wins and I will send them a "let's be poor together" t-shirt!

Cheers,

Jahney laweed rawliins

WEEE!

p.s. all music lovers must go read my blog:

songinmyhead.wordpress.com

(i'm a wordpress guy.. no blogspot for me!)

Tori said...

Wow! You must be his #1 fan since he actually paid a visit here! My speakers are on the fritz so I can't listen to him right now, but I'll be back ASAP!

{{{{hugs}}}}

The Whole Self said...

count me in! sounds great!....

Stacey said...

Would love to be gifted with his CD! Thanks!

Moxie said...

I'm in. I'll be shocked to actually win something on your site though. (insert crying)

I can't wait to find out about the babies!!!


Candice

Moxie said...
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Welcome to our life. said...

LOVE his music! Would love to win the CD. :)

kelly rae said...

ray lamontagne is one of my absolute favorites! and i'd love to win this giveaway.
next year, we should all trade mix cd's at squam:)

calibosmom said...

YUM-EEE!

Kara said...

You already promised me a copy of this CD but I'm still in for the T-shirt! Peace and love home slice.

kristen said...

because of you, i've been listening to ray a bit and i'm loving this music too, so please count me in.

trading mixed cd's is a great idea next year.

jenica said...

i'm in!!!

Monica said...

I have been to a Ray Lamontagne concert 2 years ago and I am going to see him again next week in Minneapolis.
Thank you for introducing your readers to Johnny's music, he is good!

Monica

Johnny said...

so wait... am I in the drawing to win my own cd? suweet! You made the rules Brit.. can't go back on them.

You know what's awesome is you had to delete someone's comment... did they say something naughty? hahah..

Sometimes the deleted comments are more interesting than regular comments..full of mystery.. ooohhh...

brittany said...

Johnny, how 'bout this: You win the drawing and I get a T shirt:)

xianfern said...

I think we should all win a cd, and a t-shirt.. that would be good for Johnny!! I hope I win.. I never win.. but I hope I do!

christhadasister said...

I never win, either, but it would be great to beat Xianfern!! :) Just kidding xian!

MwH said...

Am i too late to enter? Just listened to JLR and me and my hubbie are hooked. So mellow, such a nice sound.