Contrary to what public opinion might presume, the digital age has not swept all music aficionados, and there are still those who seek the physical product.
Record Store Day is a strong reminder. On April 21, numerous independent record stores, in conjunction with the artists, will celebrate a day of music.
Starting in 2008, Metallica officially kicked off the first Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco, Cali.
The concept has grown and swept across the nation and always takes place the third Saturday of every April.
Each individual store typically has different activities that may span the spectrum from cookouts to meet and greets.
In Nashville, Grimey’s, The Groove, Ernest Tubb Record Shop and The Great Escape will all take part in this event. On the same note, several artists will collaborate special in-store performances in commemoration.
In the past, Grimey’s has hosted performances from The Avett Brothers while The Groove has provided a stage for Tristen and the celebrated Emmylou Harris.
Pushing consumers into the brick and mortar outlets is a central mission of Record Store Day, and several artists such as Ryan Adams, The Byrds, James Brown, Grateful Dead, The Civil Wars and The White Stripes among many others will have special releases available on this day.
For example, Adams will release a “Heartbreak A Stranger”/”Black Sheets of Rain” on 7” colored vinyl with a limited run of 2,500 copies.
On the other hand, Jimmy Fallon’s popular “Tebowie” skit will be available on 7” and only 3,500 units will be produced.
Quantities and the format differ from artist to artist, while selections will also vary from store to store.
If you’re planning on taking part in this great day for music fans, the best option is to check with participating record stores on the releases they will have available.
Also, a PDF document of the official releases by artists is available at recordstoreday.com, where more information can be found as well.