One of my favorite days of the year, Record Store Day, is happening this Saturday, April 19. Now in it’s seventh year, the event started as a push to get folks back into brick & mortar record stores and celebrate the culture associated with them. It has evolved into a global celebration, with every continent except Antarctica participating. Many stores host live bands and DJs, develop special merch, and make it into an all-day party for folks wanting to get their hands on exclusive, and often limited, RSD vinyl releases.
Record Store Day has become my yearly tradition, a holiday of sorts. Living around Nashville, I have no problem finding somewhere to celebrate. This year, I was lucky enough to snag a ticket to a live Jack White performance and recording of the “The World’s Fastest Record” in his Blue Room venue. The day also includes a special performance by Whirlwind Heat, local acts Jawws and Waxed, food, and other goodies. Even with a 7am line time, you know I will be there ready to rock out! Look for a review and event photos after this weekend!
I encourage each of you, vinyl lover or not, to find a local record store this Saturday to visit. You never know what you may discover! I first heard my favorite band, The Avett Brothers, in the back parking lot of Grimey’s in 2009, and I saw the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis at Jack White’s Third Man Records in 2011. I have camped out in the rain, cold, and heat to score some of my most treasured records. Each year I meet incredible, like-minded music lovers waiting in line. Honestly, I can say that some of my closest relationships came from those experiences. I have listed below my picks for Nashville. Go start your Record Store Day tradition!
For a list of official releases and more information, check out the official RSD site.