The ‘Gum Drop LII: Hear New Horse Feathers, Win A Gibson Electric Guitar

Portland songwriter Justin Ringle’s evocative vocal twang and sharp lyricism are at the center of Horse Feathers’ bedroom Americana. The band’s second album House With No Home, which follows 2006’s Words Are Dead, finds his vision and voice fleshed out again by multi-instrumentalist/composer Peter Broderick, this time with the addition of Broderick’s cellist/vocalist sister Heather, aka Heatherwoods. House arrives 9/9 via Kill Rock Stars, but the heartbreaking final track “Father” debut in this week’s Drop. We asked Ringle about the song’s inspiration (“Well it is actually inspired by a very awful thing…), its narrative about a father and son’s failures, and his opinion on lost grace. Read along while you take a listen.

In the same Drop we offered a chance to win a Gibson Epiphone G-400 electric guitar.

One winner takes home a cherry red Gibson Epiphone G-400 electric guitar courtesy of the legendary Alejandro Escovedo. This is it:

If you want to know more about the Texas-born Escovedo, you can check out this podcast, which focuses on his early days. He recounts hanging out with the Stooges, the Dolls, Blondie, and Warhol and his time living at Hotel Chelsea (while Sid and Nancy were also residents). More recently, Real Animal has received great reviews from Rolling Stone, Spin, Paste, etc. Take a listen to album track “Always A Friend.” Enter to win the guitar. Also, there’s still time to win a trip to Iceland to see Iceland Airwaves.

CONTEST ENDS 9/10/08 AT 12PM EST.