Vinyl record lovers and rare-release hunters alike will celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday (April 21) by lining up at their favorite local shops. Held each year since 2008, the day is meant to call attention to independent music retailers and the wealth of resources they provide for fans and artists.
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.
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"Record Store Day is such a great event that has hardly had any attention in country music," Bentley said. "Some of the coolest exclusive product comes out on this day at indie retailers, and I wanted country fans to be able to get in on the action. I may have a few surprise special guests up my sleeve, too."
"The music of the Pistol Annies is the three of us truly being ourselves -- not only in our songwriting and storytelling but also in the way we perform as a team," Lambert said. "We wanted to make music that people talk about but might not want to admit, and it's the kind of raw and honest country music that deserves to be on vinyl."
The package comes with a four-track "flexidisc," plus a download card for your everyday listening pleasure. And with only 2,500 coloring book/flexidisc combos being shipped out, it's sure to become an instant collector's item. The discs will be printed in either red, white or blue and feature the songs "Act Naturally," "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail," "Together Again" and "Crying Time," all of which are depicted in the coloring book.
Other limited-run releases include:
The list of limited releases also includes:
Other artists making appearances on Record Store Day include: Jonny Corndawg at Euclid Records in New Orleans;
Of course, there's much more to be found at your local record store all year round, too. And sometimes just going to browse is its own reward.
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