Saturday, April 21 marks Record Store Day around the South and nationwide. In its fifth year, Record Store Day is a yearly event in which independently run record stores partner with artists to celebrate music.
From the Record Store Day website:
Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records and on and on.
Why record stores? From CMT:
Many independent stores have disappeared due to the decline in physical music sales and the rise of big-box retailers and digital downloads, but those that remain are an important gathering place for music fans. Each year, unique vinyl records, CDs and other collectibles are produced in limited quantities that can only be purchased at participating stores for one day. Artists often make in-store appearances, too.
A number of of Southern artists are participating in Record Store Day, including Pistol Annies, made up of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, who will release a vinyl version of their “Hell on Heels” that day.The Civil Wars will release a 7″ with two covers — Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” on one side and Portishead’s “Sour Times” on the other. The Carolina Chocolate Drops will release a 7′ cover of the Run DMC classic “You Be Illin.”
The list goes on and on (check out the full list of participating artists).
Many of the participating stores on the list are in the South. Among them:
- MorningBell Records (above), which just opened a few weeks ago in Jackson, Mississippi. The store is packed with vinyl, including a large selection of local artists as well as perennial favorites (and also includes a recording studio, performance space, and soon, an arcade).
- Criminal Records in Atlanta will feature a live performance by Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers at 3 p.m.
- Euclid Records, located in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, will feature 10 musicians.
Browse the complete map and list of participating stores to find more. Support music, and support your local independent record store!