Roger McGuinn FolkDen Collaboration Contest
Miami, FL (MI2N) September 7, 2009 -- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and legendary Byrds guitarist Roger McGuinn, and
Kompoz.com, the online music collaboration community, are launching a collaborative songwriting contest.
Musicians, vocalists, songwriters, sound engineers, and remixers are invited to download Roger's unreleased original
vocal and instrument tracks for his in-progress recording of "Take This Hammer", and to add their contributions to
finish the song. Be creative. Download his stems and record your own instrument work, remix the song, or sing with Roger.
The best new collaboration will be featured on Roger's site, FolkDen.com. The top three compositions will win great
prizes from Cakewalk, Inc., PreSonus, and Kompoz.com.
"I'm really excited to see and hear the cool tracks you come up with. Use your imagination and surprise me," said Roger McGuinn. The contest on Kompoz.com will allow musicians worldwide to lay down tracks on Roger McGuinn's interpretation of the folk classic
"Take This Hammer". The contest will begin on September 7, 2009 at 8:00 AM EST, and run for three months, concluding on December 7th, 2009
at 11:59 PM EST. Musicians can download the tracks from kompoz.com, and collaborate online with other Kompoz members to
complete the song.
Roger McGuinn and Kompoz.com will select the winning songs. Collaborators on the top three songs will be eligible to win prizes from
Cakewalk, Inc., PreSonus Audio Electronics, and Kompoz; including a PreSonus FaderPort USB DAW Controller, Cakewalk Rapture,
an Apple iPod Touch, and Kompoz T-Shirts. And, the top three songs will be burned to a custom contest CD, which will be
autographed by Roger McGuinn and given to each of the collaborators that contributed to the winning songs.
For complete rules and further details, visit http://kompoz.com/contest/rogermcguinn
About Roger McGuinn
Jim McGuinn, later known as Roger, was already a veteran of the New York and Los Angeles music scene when he co-founded
the group that would become the Byrds with Gene Clark and David Crosby in 1964. Columbia Records signed the Byrds in January 1965
and they recorded their first number one hit, "Mr. Tambourine Man." In 1968 McGuinn and Chris Hillman hired Gram Parsons and
headed for Nashville where they recorded the now critically acclaimed "Sweetheart of the Rodeo." Roger McGuinn disbanded the
Byrds in 1973 to pursue his dream of a solo career. He made five solo albums on Columbia Records. McGuinn rejoined Gene Clark and
Chris Hillman in 1978 on Capitol Records for three albums. In 1981 Roger decided it was time to return to his folk roots
and began an acoustic solo tour. Arista records released "Back From Rio" in 1991, a rock album that included his friends,
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Michael Penn and John Jorgensen. In November 1995,
McGuinn began recording a series of traditional folk songs and uploading them to his web site. The recordings are available
for free download at the "Folk Den - folkden.com," part of McGuinn's home page - mcguinn.com. Roger's next CD, titled
"Treasures From The Folk Den", is a compilation of his favorite songs from the Folk Den with the added bonus of duets with
Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Odetta, Jean Ritchie, Josh White Jr. and Frank and Mary Hamilton. The CD was nominated
for a Grammy in 2002 in the category of "Best Traditional Folk Album." Roger McGuinn's latest release is a four CD, 100-song
Box Set of Rock, Electrified Blues and Folk, rich in Rickenbacker "Jingle Jangle", now available at RogerMcGuinn.com.
Visit www.RogerMcGuinn.com for more information
Kompoz is an online social network designed for music lovers to create songs with others from around the world.
Kompoz members span over 120 countries and all 24 time-zones. Kompoz is a music collaboration site with features
that enable distributed music creation. Meaning this: songs are created in layers -- drums, bass, guitar, keyboards,
vocals, etc. But very few people play all of these instruments, so it's hard to create a complete song unless you're
part of a band. Kompoz solves that problem. Kompoz provides the platform to create songs with a bass player in Sweden, a
drummer in Ohio, and a guitar player in Kalamazoo. The world is your virtual on-demand recording studio.
Visit www.kompoz.com for more information