Ep.350 – Record Store Day 2010 – Nashville, TN

Chrystal Apr 23rd, 2010 | By
Category: American Bang, Chris Crofton, EmmyLou Harris, Grimey's, Grove, The, Nashville, Raconteurs, The, Record Store Day, Third Man Records, Video Concert Reviews

Saturday marked the 3rd Annual Record Store Day, and being home to several independent record shops and the legendary United Record Pressing plant, Music City pulled out all the stops. With incredible deals, contests and raffles, Yazoo brews, loads of music lovers in attendance and live performances including EmmyLou Harris, American Bang, and “The Racontwoers” (featuring Brendan Benson and Patrick Keeler of  The Raconteurs), I think it’s safe to say that Nashville relayed the RSD message successfully.

EmmyLou Harris @ The Groove  via YouTube User: pjktn
A little background on the holiday via RecordStoreDay.com:
“The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally…

…A Record Store Day participating store is defined as a physical retailer whose product line consists of at least 50% music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70% located in the state of operation. (In other words, we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths).”

After making my rounds to The Groove, Third Man Records, and Grimey’s, I started to wonder why I’m not a record collector. Growing up in a family that is addicted to yard sales and thrift stores, it only makes sense that I would be drawn to that hunt for music.

Third Man Records Raffle via YouTube User: FrontRowDetroit One of the record enthusiasts in our Third Man video won the star prop from The Raconteurs’ Consolers of the Lonely album cover! Score!

When I was a teenager, my mother would take me out to Newbury Comics every weekend and buy me a new CD. I never bought vinyl, but I was always fascinated with my parents’ collection, and refused to donate them in our move.

So, I ask myself, why did I stop going to record stores?  Maybe it’s time, budget, online streaming options, or trying to cut down on “clutter” in my life.  Then, I think back to how I’m still holding onto that suitcase of my parents’ records.  Wait a minute, I might have kids someday. They are going to kick my ass if I tell them I lived in Nashville and didn’t buy any of these limited editions. These albums are heirlooms.

I recently took a tour of United Record Pressing, which is something I recommend you do if you haven’t already.  I think it costs $5, and is so worth it. I’m not sure if they go into the factory on the public tours, but I’ll be posting a video of that tour/interview with URP Marketing and Sales Manager, Jay Millar, soon.  To walk through that building preserved to its 60’s heyday and see the process of how records are made, you can feel how special this art form is, and how important it is to keep it from going extinct.

Records have character, these stores have character, we love certain bands because we have character, and we should make time to focus and expand on our personal character and document it. Thanks to Record Store Day, I’m going to make it a point to visit a local record store at least once a month and buy something for my vinyl autobiography.

Emmylou Harris – Feelin’ Single, Seein’ Double

The Raconteurs – Many Shades of Black

American Bang – Wild and Young

Click HERE for more info on EmmyLou Harris’s Dog Rescue, Bonaparte’s Retreat.

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