Giveaway: 'American Epic, The Sessions' on Vinyl

American Epic sessions
American Epic sessions (Courtesy Third Man Records)

American Epic is a journey back in time to the "Big Bang" of modern popular music. This PBS Documentary chronicles the recordings of the 1920s — nCountry singers in the Appalachians, Blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, Tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, Native American drummers in Arizona and more were all recorded.

For The American Epic Sessions, the film's documentary team reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by twenty of today's greatest artists.

The system consists of a single microphone, a towering six-foot amplifier rack, and a live record-cutting lathe, powered by a weight-driven pulley system of clockwork gears. The musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the 1920s, they called this "catching lightning in a bottle." All the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear on the soundtrack is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.

The Sessions soundtrack features: Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

'American Epic The Sessions' Giveaway


Use this form to enter The Current's American Epic Vinyl giveaway between 1 p.m. CDT on Monday, July 17 and 11:59 p.m. CDT on Sunday, July 23, 2017.

One (1) winner will receive one (1) 3 LP set of The American Epic Sessions on 180 gram vinyl. Winner will also receive two LPs of thematic collections from American Epic, including AMERICAN EPIC: Blues and AMERICAN EPIC: Country. Three (3) back up names will be drawn. Prize retail value: $85. We will contact the winner on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Winner must accept by 10 a.m. CT on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

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