Win a Martin HD-28V from The Hayloft Gang – 8/15

How would you like to win a brand new Martin HD-28V guitar valued at $4,000? Or maybe a Northfield A5M mandolin… tickets to a live taping of Austin City Limits?

These are all prizes in a video contest to promote the upcoming PBS documentary, The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance. The show broadcast from Chicago on WLS-AM during the 1930s and ’40s, and was instrumental in building the careers of artists like Patsy Montana, Gene Autry, Bradley Kincaid, and Lulu Belle and Scotty.

The Hayloft Gang was created by The Independent Television Service, directed/produced by Stephen Parry and Bob Hercules with narration from Garrison Keillor. It is set to premier on August 31, though dates and times may vary from one PBS affiliate to the next.

To help build a buzz about the show, they are asking folks to create their own videos in the spirit of the National Barn Dance, performing one of several songs popularized on the old radio show.

  • Red River Valley
  • I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart
  • My Horse Ain’t Hungry
  • Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  • I Was Born About 4,000 Years Ago

Audio for each of these songs as played on the Barn Dance are available online, along with chords and lyrics. Nothing to it!

Full contest and entry details can be found at The Hayloft Gang web site.

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