April 26, 2009
To our readers, I present a challenge.
To the winner, a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
YouTube is home to countless country music clips, including some very rare live performances. Your challenge is to find the most surprising and unexpected live performance by a country artist.
24 hours from now, I'll post a poll on the front page and allow readers to vote for the clip that they deem the greatest discovery. The commenter who posts the winning clip will receive the gift card!
Here's all you need to do:
1. Find the clip on YouTube and copy its url into the comment box.
2. Add a “v” after the http, so the beginning of the link now reads httpv://
3. Write a brief descr
iption of the find and why you think it's a great discovery.
I'll give an example to get things going.
Long before she became a bona fide superstar, Shania Twain had to settle for any exposure she could get. One avenue open to her was singing covers on the TNN show Music City Tonight.
In this clip, she performs Neil Young's “Love is a Rose” in the style of Linda Ronstadt. She sounds pretty good, but she's clearly still a television newbie. Check out her flub toward the end, where she begins singing the final verse before the instrumental interlude is over, and has to cut herself off mid-line: