Contest: Win a Copy of Leon Russell's Album "Life Journey"

Leon Russell's career as musician and singer-songwriter has spanned roughly a half-century, from his teen years playing in a band with JJ Cale, to backing up everyone from Freddie King to the Byrds and Glen Campbell; collaborating with Newgrass Revival, Nashville Symphony, and Elton John; and, of course, a slew of incredible solo albums.

This week, he releases his 37th album, titled aptly Life Journey, one day before his 72nd birthday. (You can read his interview with Henry Carrigan for more of Russell's insights on his life and career, and this release.) 

To celebrate, we've teamed up with the fine folks at Universal Music to give away a couple autographed copies of Life Journey to two lucky ND members. 

To enter: scroll to the bottom of this page and leave a comment in the comment thread, telling us your favorite Leon Russell memory from your Life Journey. It could be a concert, an album, a song, or some way in which his music has touched you through the years. You have until Monday, Apr. 7, at 11: 59 PST to comment. Then, we'll select two commenters from all the entries and announce the winners the following day. 

Comments posted on Twitter or Facebook, or in a separate blog post on this site, will not be counted.

Anyone is welcome to enter but, due to shipping costs, the prize can only be shipped to a U.S. address. 

**If you enter this contest and do not want to receive emails alerting you to other entries, click on the link below the comment box that says "Stop Following".  Simply click that link and you will not receive any emails regarding the contest except notification that you won (if you are one of our winners).

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Comment by Butch Martin on April 1, 2014 at 3:29am
I drove 6 hours to see Leon in concert the first time in 1970. Those were the Shelter People days, and were down-and-out rocking. In the years after, I got to see him with the Gap Band and New Grass Revival, and Willie Nelson. Although his musical style changed and evolved, his concerts never disappointed. Many years went by without hearing or seeing anything about him, then I caught his show in a local bar with his daughters as backup singers around 2005. He's been back in town 5 or 6 times since then and I've gotten to see him each time. He still doesn't disappoint.
Comment by John Covington on April 1, 2014 at 3:41am

I've been a life long fan and finally got to see him at the Dakota in Minneapolis.  Great show.

Comment by Bill Long on April 1, 2014 at 3:59am

I saw Leon Russell several times in the 70's and then much later with his son. All were great shows. At a show at the old Atlanta Civic Center, the warm up band was really cooking and I thought they were stealing the show. Then Leon strolled onstage, sat down at the piano and the intensity multiplied. It was high energy.

Comment by Connie Springer on April 1, 2014 at 4:44am

It was either in 1975 or 1976 we drove from Louisville to Cincinnati to hear Leon Russell and Mary.  He was enthralling.  I've always loved him!

Comment by Michael W Leslie on April 1, 2014 at 4:59am

I finally saw Leon last year at Jergel's Rhythm Grill near Pittsburgh, a relaxed, intimate venue. . . .my 24 year old son was just as enthralled as I was - what a fun show! Leon is an engaging performer, to say the least!

Comment by Teresa E. Merriman Stedman on April 1, 2014 at 5:44am

thank you for a sound  track to our  lives.

Comment by Michael Helwig on April 1, 2014 at 5:48am

I saw Leon at The Forum in LA in 72...a really great show

Comment by Mike on South Street on April 1, 2014 at 6:21am

About a year ago, I reconnected with an old friend who I hadn't been in contact with in many years.  Back in our college days we exchanged quite a few mixtapes, went to shows together, and introduced each other to a lot of great music.  So, of course, once we were in touch again, one of the first things we did was send each other some music!  She's gotten into Leon in a big way over the past years, so she put several songs of his on a mix CD for me, including one from his collaboration with Elton John.  I was hooked! Went out and bought myself his first album too!  So glad to see he's still out there making music.

Comment by Hans L'Orange on April 1, 2014 at 6:27am

Can't remember the year but had to have been the early '80's.  Leon with the New Grass Revival and he was the center of the show by far.  Surrounded by a group of bikers in a 2,000 seat auditorium with great sound.  Would love to have a soundboard of that show......

Comment by michael fry on April 1, 2014 at 6:43am

Saw Leon in Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen at a tender age, then it seems like several times on a midwest tour circuit.  He is still blowing my mind. 

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