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Record Store Day Celebrates 10 Years Today!

Record Store Day 2017Saturday, April 22nd marks the 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day, our now annual hootenanny dedicated to record culture, record lovers, record makers and most of all, the amazing record stores that make it all possible. That's a whole decade’s worth of a unique annual event whose purpose has been to bring folks together in support of those essential elements that make independent record stores real and thriving epicenters of their communities.

I Can't Buy Music Like I Used To -- I Don't Buy as Much Either

Record Store BuyersYears ago, I would make it a weekly or monthly endeavor to visit the huge record store with my friend. We would probably spend a few hours there exploring the albums from all genres and artists. These stores were isle after isle of thousands of different albums in each. The store probably held a million titles or more. Hundreds of people would be there besides us. From Bluegrass to Blues and Imports to Classical, it was always an adventure to go to the record store. We always bought a few albums -- some we had no idea about. We rarely got burned.

The SteelDrivers' 2008 Debut Album Now on Vinyl

The SteelDriversNashville, TN - Rounder Records, a division of Concord Bicycle Music, is proud to announce the release of critically acclaimed album The SteelDrivers on vinyl. The 2008 self-titled record marked the debut of Nashville five-piece The SteelDrivers, and firmly established the Bluegrass band as a force to be reckoned with. The vinyl LP will be released on February 17th.

Infamous Stringdusters "Ladies & Gentlemen" in 140 Gram Vinyl

Ladies & GentlemenNashville, TN -- Standing at the crossroads of modern bluegrass and newgrass, The Infamous Stringdusters are a band that is “stretching [bluegrass] from within” (New York Times). For their sixth studio album, Ladies & Gentlemen, the band invited a dozen of their favorite female singers to join them. The list of featured guests includes some of the most dynamic and innovative artists from across the roots music, Americana and country worlds: Nicki Bluhm, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jennifer Hartswick, Sarah Jarosz, Claire Lynch, Aoife O’Donovan, Joan Osborne, Joss Stone, Sara Watkins, Abigail Washburn, Lee Ann Womack and Celia Woodsmith. Each artist guested on a different original song or tune written by the members of the band specifically for this project.

Record Store Day with Historic Rounder J.D. Crowe & The New South Reissue

J.D. Crowe & The New SouthHeralded as the album to have by bluegrass fans, J.D. Crowe & The New South was released on Rounder Records. The historic album, often referred to by its catalog number, Rounder 0044 has become the coveted album to own. For Record Store Day 2016, Rounder is releasing J.D. Crowe & The New South in LP format in a limited number. First released in 1975 and later on CD in 1992, this 40th Anniversary J. D. Crowe and The New South will once again become one of the most desired albums in bluegrass. This reissue also includes the original “flipping the bird" album cover photo (unseen since ’75.) Today is Record Store Day 2016 so get one of these classics while you can. They're in limited supply.

Four Steve Earle Albums Remastered for Vinyl out May 6

Copperhead RoadLos Angeles, CA -- Steve Earle's four MCA Records studio albums, Guitar Town, Exit 0, Copperhead Road, and The Hard Way, have been remastered from the original tapes by Robert Vosgien and cut for vinyl by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering for LP release on May 6.

Record Store Day Vinyl with 40th Anniversary "J.D. Crowe & The New South"

J.D. Crowe & The New SouthRecord Store Day is April 16th and Rounder Records has a very special release planned for bluegrass music fans. The long-awaited, 40th anniversary vinyl reissue of one of the most heralded albums in bluegrass history: J.D. Crowe & The New South will be released exclusively for Record Store Day! J. D. Crowe & The New South is an album by American banjo player J. D. Crowe and The New South, released in 1975. It was reissued on CD in 1992.

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn Release 'Banjo Banjo' EP on Vinyl

Banjo BanjoOn February 5, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn will release the Banjo Banjo EP on vinyl, available exclusively through Barnes & Noble. This collection of unreleased music marks the follow up to the couple’s self titled, 2016 Grammy-nominated debut (Best Folk Album & Best American Roots Performance for “And Am I Born to Die”).

Punch Brothers’ "The Phosphorescent Blues" Due Jan 27

Punch BrothersNonesuch releases Punch Brothers’ T Bone Burnett–produced The Phosphorescent Blues on January 27, 2015. In celebration of the album, the band embarks on a 23-city North American tour, kicking off at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on February 20 and continuing through mid-April; details below. (Chris Thile will also be special guest host of A Prairie Home Companion, sitting in for Garrison Keillor, on February 7, at which Punch Brothers perform, and February 14.) The Phosphorescent Blues is available to pre-order with instant downloads of the album tracks “I Blew It Off” and “Julep” at iTunes, as well as at punchbrothers.com, and in the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders also include a download of the complete album available starting release day. The vinyl release, due February 24, includes four additional tracks not available elsewhere.

Sleepy Man Banjo Boys 'By My Side' EP Due June 24

By My SideThe Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are excited to announce the release of their new EP 'By My Side' on June 24, 2014, featuring their first ever vocal tracks. The band is accepting pre-orders for your CD or Limited Edition Vinyl Record today at http://sleepymanbanjoboys.com/shop/ Tune in Monday April 28th to Jimmy Kimmmel Live as the boys play a song from their upcoming EP.

Dolly Parton to Celebrate Record Store Day with Blue Smoke

Blue SmokeNew York, NY -- Sony Masterworks and internationally-renowned superstar Dolly Parton celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, April 19, with the release of a limited 7-inch vinyl. The blue vinyl features two tracks from Parton’s upcoming album Blue Smoke - “Blue Smoke” and “Home.” Blue Smoke will be released by Sony Masterworks and Dolly Records on May 13, 2014. It is available for pre-order now. The album includes 12 bluegrass and country songs including covers of Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi classics, and duets with Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers. Blue Smoke marks the first release of new music from Parton since 2011.

Get Ready for Record Store Day 2014

Record BuyersApril 19th is Record Store Day!! As a vinyl lover who appreciates the LP format and the newer "heavy vinyl" format, this day has special meaning for us. This year we find some gems in the release roster that includes The Everly Brothers Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, some Greatful Dead, a bit of Gram Parsons, and more. If its something more bluegrass related, there are vinyl releases for our favorite genre too including the newly released A Dotted Line by Nickel Creek, Keep On Walkin' by the Grascals, Will The Circle Be Unbroken in 180 gram vinyl and more.

Vinyl Revival Continues As LP Sales Reach Highest Level In More Than A Decade

Record BuyersAnnual sales of vinyl LPs have crossed the half a million mark for the first time in more than a decade, revealed a BPI analysis of Official Charts Company data released today. Releases from Daft Punk, Arctic Monkeys and David Bowie have helped push the popularity of the format to renewed heights this year. Almost 550,000 LPs have been snapped up by music fans so far in 2013, already giving vinyl its most successful year since 2003.

Country Artists Take a New Spin on Vinyl

Will The Circle Be Unbroken/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- By Randy Rudder
Not since the early 1990s has the acronym “LP” had currency in the recording world. Yet it’s creeping back into the nomenclature among some Millennials and members of Generation Y as they discover the wonders of vinyl albums.

The Music Buying Experience: RIP

Record BuyersApril 20th was National Record Store Day and it got me to thinking "What happened?" In the '70s, '80s and part of the '90s, I joined the ranks of many others who regularly searched through isle after isle of bins full of treasures in search of a new gem to add to the collections of jewels that played upon turntable and stereo systems across the nation. My friends would do the same thing hundred of miles away but, we'd share what we found in regular phone calls and we would each soon own the coveted album. I would follow a particular artist, musician or even label to see what else they were doing that interested me. I have no idea how many albums I purchased that I had never even heard of prior to finding a name on a liner that indicated something good was about to fill my room with musical treasure. I rarely got burned. It was fun and was really the original music social network. Many long lasting friendships were built around the music and the discovery of new pieces of acoustic art.

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