Bargain Hunter

Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean for $5.00

August 2, 2009 // 5 Comments

Amazon has posted their August “50 for $5.00” selection, and they’re offering two top-selling country albums for $5.00.

First up is Darius Rucker’s country album Learn to Live, which is close to spawning three #1 singles. I didn’t have any of them, so I’m buying it:

[Amazon music download link]

Second is Jason Aldean’s debut album, which includes the hits “Hicktown”, “Amarillo Sky” and “Why”:

[Amazon music download link #2]

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Bargain Hunter: Sugarland’s Twice the Speed of Life ($2.99)

July 27, 2009 // 12 Comments

It has been awhile since Amazon has had a Daily Deal worth mentioning here. However, they have returned to country music in a big way today by offering Sugarland’s smash debut album, Twice the Speed of Life for just $2.99.

This album, by one of country music’s most popular duos, famously includes the radio hits, “Baby Girl”, “Something More”, and “Just Might (Make Me Believe)”. it also includes my new personal Sugarland favorite (as I’ve just bought the album thanks to this deal), the unreleased organic-sounding “Hello.”

Get Keith Urban’s “Song for Dad” for free on Amazon

June 21, 2009 // 3 Comments

As children, it’s common to think that we’ll never be like our parents. In some cases, we think we’ll never do the annoying or strange things that our parents did, as Brad Paisley sang about in “Yes You Will”, and there are other times when we think that we’ll never be as smart or as good as our parents. If we’re lucky, there comes a day when we see our parents in ourselves and can either eradicate certain behaviors and traits or embrace them, depending on the similarities we see.

In Keith Urban’s, “Song for Dad”, he celebrates the similarities that he realizes exist between him and his dad. Likewise, he hopes that he becomes more like his dad as other circumstances arise, particularly when he himself becomes a father. In a similar sentiment to Paul Overstreet’s “Seeing My Father in Me”, Urban embraces being like his father and is grateful for the legacy.

Bargain Hunter: Steve Earle, <em>Townes</em>

May 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Still available on Amazon (Tuesday)! Don’t miss this opportunity to add Steve Earle’s newest album, Townes, to your collection for only $2.99!

Although Earle has covered Townes Van Zandt’s material throughout his career, this is the first time he’s put together an album entirely dedicated to Van Zandt’s songs. A master covering a master can only yield brilliant results, right? I’ll be reviewing this album later on, but check it out and let me know what you think!

Deals Aplenty This Month on Amazon MP3

May 1, 2009 // 4 Comments

There’s something for everyone this month at Amazon. The ever-thoughtful editors there have marked down 50 prime MP3 albums to $5 apiece for the duration of May. Among their choices:

Kenny Rogers, The Gambler: Something of a concept album revolving around the iconic title track. It’s regarded as one of his best full albums.

Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Song: Nashville’s critical favorite of 2008 if you don’t count Taylor Swift’s Fearless as “country.”

Neko Case, Middle Cyclone: A well-received rock-leaning outing from the alt-country favorite. Has a very weird and very cool album cover.

Nab Eli Young Band's Latest Album for $.99

April 24, 2009 // 8 Comments

I like Eli Young Band. These boys play catchy pop-rock tunes with a little bit of country flourish, and given the right songs, they do it very well. “When it Rains” is so good that it climbed into the Top 40 with hardly any promotion, and listening to numbers like “Get in the Car and Drive” and “Enough is Enough” is like hearing Rascal Flatts with a less polarizing lead vocalist and more subdued production style.

The group is fairly new on the mainstream country scene, but they’ve been building up a grassroots following in Texas for years, and it’s beginning to pay off, with single “Always the Love Songs” currently sitting at #14 on the charts.

Now, thanks to Amazon’s Daily Deal, you can own their major-label debut, containing all of the above songs, for only a buck. It’s a solid album – I gave it 3 stars myself – and at the price you’d normally pay for just one track, it’s hard to lose!

Get Steve Martin’s The Crow: New Songs For The Five-String Banjo for $5

April 10, 2009 // 5 Comments

Most of us know Steve Martin as an actor and comedian, but it turns out that he’s a fine banjo picker as well. As proof, he has recently released a very good album that spotlights his banjo skills, which is available for only $5 for a limited time at Amazon, as part of their Friday Five deal. Not only does this album include catchy instrumentals, quality re-workings of some of his older compositions and even some of his own vocals, it features a Vince Gill and Dolly Parton duet, which is nothing short of delightful. I can guarantee this will be well worth your $5 as long as you enjoy bluegrass music, but if you’re still curious to know more about this album, check out Juli Thanki’s excellent review at The9513. She concludes with high praise: “We’re barely into 2009, and already The Crow is a frontrunner for bluegrass album Read More

Bargain Hunter: Keith Urban’s Brand New Album

March 31, 2009 // 6 Comments

Superstar, Keith Urban, is offering his much anticipated brand new album Defying Gravity for the bargain price of $3.99 on Amazon today. Reviews so far have been mixed, but here’s a chance for you to decide for yourself without breaking the bank. Grab it quick, because this deal won’t last forever. Downloading Instructions: Click on the big “Play” symbol to play the clips. When they start playing, a little box with information about the track will appear at the bottom of the box. Click where it says the album’s name (Defying Gravity) to reach the full album. Alternatively, you can click the yellow “Buy MP3″ button to go to the page of the individual song that’s playing, from which you can also reach the full album’s page.

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