Vinyl lovers, rejoice. The day you look forward to all year is quickly approaching. Record Store Day is April 21. With just a few weeks to go, you’ll want to start planning your purchases now. Between country legends Bobbie Gentry, Bobby Bare and Johnny Cash and modern troubadours like Eric Church, country fans have a lot to be excited about this year. Here’s our list of all the country albums to look for when they hit the shelves on Record Store Day.
Eric Church, 61 Days in Church — Covers
Road warrior Eric Church has been rewarding fans with live cuts from his Holdin’ My Own Tour. For Record Store Day, Church will release the best live recordings of his cover songs, including his rendition of Pearl Jam, Billy Joel and Bob Seger songs.
Bobbie Gentry, Live at the BBC
Mississippi Delta queen Bobbie Gentry may be reclusive but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy new releases from the singer. Gentry’s Live at the BBC include live recordings of “Ode to Billie Joe” and “Mississippi Delta.”
Midland, On the Rocks (LP)
Midland, the breakout country band of 2017, brought back neo-traditional country and honky tonk flair in a big way with their debut album On the Rocks. Pick up the vinyl edition on Record Store Day and hear “Drinkin’ Problem” as it was made to be heard.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Live At Twist and Shout
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will release Live at Twist and Shout 11.6.07, a collection of six live cuts, on vinyl for Record Store Day.
Son Volt, Okemah and the Melody of Riot (Special Vinyl Release)
Pick up alt-country band Son Volt’s fourth studio album Okemah and the Melody of Riot, offered on red vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day.
Brothers Osborne, Port Saint Joe (Special Vinyl Release)
Brothers Osborne’s second full-length album Port Saint Joe is out on April 20. The country duo will release a translucent green vinyl edition exclusively for Record Store Day.
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
You can score one of last year’s best selling country albums on vinyl on April 21.
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Way Out West — Desert Suite (Trip One)
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives bring more trippy desert vibes with Way Out West — Desert Suite (Trip One), which includes a cover of “T.B. Blues” featuring Merle Haggard. The album is an exclusive Record Store Day release.
Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison (50th Anniversary Legacy Edition)
The Man in Black’s timeless live album gets a new release. This box set will include both full concerts at Folsom and a previously unreleased recording of Cash and friends rehearsing the night before the show.
Johnny Cash, I Love You Because/ You’re the Nearest Thing to Heaven
Cash collectors will have their hands full on Record Store Day. In addition to At Folsom Prison, shoppers can pick up the 7-inch vinyl I Love You Because/ You’re the Nearest Thing to Heaven, featuring two early Sun Records recordings.
Joshua Hedley, Record Store Day Exclusive
Joshua Hedley’s highly-anticipated debut album Mr. Jukebox is out April 20, but Record Store Day shoppers can buy a Record Store Day-exclusive 7-inch red vinyl, featuring “Singing’ a New Song” and “Broken Man,” which aren’t included on the album.
Bobby Bare, Things Change (Special Release)
Record Store Day shoppers will be able to purchase Bobby Bare’s 2017 LP Things Change on white vinyl .
Laura Veirs, Fading of Stars
Alt-country artist Laura Veirs will release a limited run of her 7-inch Fading of Stars.
Uncle Tupelo, No Depression — Rarities
Fans of alt-country godfathers Uncle Tupelo will get access to the rare recordings from the No Depression era with this exclusive Record Store Day release.
Various Artists, The Beginning of the End: The Existential Psychodrama in Country Music (1956-1974), Various Artists
If you like your country music rare and apocalyptic, this is the album for you. The Beginning of the End: The Existential Psychodrama in Country Music (1956-1974) is a collection of lesser-known country recordings dealing with bleak realities and loneliness as only country music can.
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