Technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, new and exciting things are made available every day, many enjoyed so much they become indispensible. As this happens, more and more things become yesterday’s news.
Once the industry standard, records have been replaced by newer and more exciting technologies. But not everyone sees the new as more exciting; there are those who long for the days of the old fashioned LP. It is for those old appreciates, and the younger nostalgia lover, that Record Store Day has come to pass.
Entering its sixth year, this celebration of the so-called stand alone brick-and-mortar retailer that focuses on a physical store location, Record Store Day has become a phenomenon around the world. The first Record Store Day was April 19, 2008, and was officially kicked off at Rasputin Music in San Francisco by an appearance by hometown Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Metallica. It is now celebrated the third Saturday of every April.
Record Store Day showcases the independent record store, and features numerous exclusive releases each year in both the Vinyl and CD formats. These once-in-a-lifetime releases are more coveted each year, and all genres of music are represented. Everything from new releases, to classic reissues and other deluxe editions, find their way to this exciting day.
There are three categories of items: Record Store Day Exclusive Releases, Limited Run/Regional Focus Releases, and Record Store Day First Releases. Not all releases are available at all participating outlets so it is critical to call these stores directly, desired list in hand, and map out your strategy for where to be when to get what you want. A full list of titles and participating outlets can be found at recordstoreday.com .
Any taste of music can be found, from standards, to classic rock, to contemporary, to metal. Some highlights and examples would include 12” Vinyl limited to 1,000 copies from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers “Munich ‘59”, Big Mama Thornton’s “Jail”, or Buddy Guy’s “Hold That Plane”.
Other highly sought after collectibles include a 3-LP White Vinyl Box Set from the classic rock supergroup Cream of four performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2005, a 2-LP Set of Rarities circa 1966 from the Grateful Dead, a 45 RPM 7” single from Jimi Hendrix, the Grammy winning Mumford & Sons with “Live at Bull Moose” both on 10” vinyl and CD, new Rock Hall members Public Enemy with a greatest hits LP, the indie favorite R.E.M. with a live EP on CD with authentic 1988 tour patch, plus singles from such artists as Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. So as you can see, the stars come out for Record Store Day and you should, too!
In the Nashville area outlets include Grimey’s, The Groove, and both The Great Escape locations on Charlotte and in Madison.
For The Record, Chattanooga, TN
Leo Gallery & Boutique, Chattanooga , TN
Compact Discovery, East Ridge, TN
Mayfields all killer no filler, Redbank, TN
Oddball Music & Media, Clarksville , TN
Compact Discovery of Cookeville, Cookeville, TN
The Rhythm Section, Gatlinburg, TN
Backdoor Records, Johnson City, TN
Classic Music Company, Johnson City, TN
Disc Exchange, Knoxville, TN
Hot Horse, Knoxville, TN
Lost and Found Records, Knoxville, TN
Raven Records & Rarities, Knoxville, TN
Wild Honey Records, Knoxville, TN
Groove Records, Maryville, TN
Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Pigeon Forge, TN
Little Shop of Records, Murfreesboro , TN
Remember, call ahead and have fun!