Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses - Junky StarBack in September, I wrote about the Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses album Junky Star. I think it’s fair to call my review a rave. To quote, you know, me, here’s part of what I wrote at the time:

“I don’t think I’ve used the word ‘astonishing’ in relation to an album in a long time. But the new Ryan Bingham album, Junky Star (Lost Highway), merits that kind of acclaim. Another thing that I never do is compare any songwriter to Bob Dylan. But the inescapable fact is that Bingham may be the songwriter who finally justifies the “new Dylan” tag that has cursed so many talented songwriters in the past. It’s not just the songs, which are powerful in their own right, but the way that they’re delivered. Bingham is possessed on a raspy, heartbroken voice that provides every ounce of world-weary despair that the occasion calls for.”

Here’s a bit a heads-up that will not come as much of a surprise if you read my review; when my list of the year’s best albums appears on Popdose in the next couple of weeks, Junky Star will be firmly ensconced in a position close to the top of my list. So I am very happy to provide an opportunity for two lucky Popdose readers to win vinyl copies of the album. Hey, even if you personally aren’t a fan of the Americana genre, surely you have a loved one or friend who is, and since this is the season of giving, what a great gift this would make for any vinyl fan. To enter the contest, all you have to do is send an e-mail to ken@popdose.com with the word “contest” in the subject line, and the answer to the following question in the body:

Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett won an Academy Award for the song “The Weary Kind,” which appears on Junky Star. The song was from the film Crazy Heart. How many Academy Award nominations did Crazy Heart receive in all?

Just a number, that’s all I’m looking for.

The deadline to enter the contest is Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. eastern time. At that time I will pick two winners randomly from among the correct entries. This contest is open only the readers with a US mailing address. Good luck.