Country fans shouldn't miss out on what this year's Record Store Day has to offer.
Once a year, record stores across America open their doors to long lines of eager customers ready to grab limited edition releases from their favorite artists. The day (April 18) helps to keep those small, independent record stores open while supplying customers with great new music. So why aren't more country fans aware of the fun and importance of Record Store Day?
Record Store Day has only been around since 2007, making it still a relatively new event. Because of this, it might take time for it make a noticeable impact across all genres. The amount of stores across the country that celebrate the event, whether as officially registered Record Store Day retailers or just by their own small scale in-store celebrations, has steadily risen over recent years - alongside the sale of vinyl itself. It's become a day meant not only to sell records, but to bring fans together and expose them to music they may have otherwise glossed over.
While the list of official RSD releases is crammed with releases from indie, alternative and rock artists, there are many great releases that country fans and music lovers in general should add to their collections. The day is a great time to explore your local independent record shops and grab some exclusive, limited-edition releases, and maybe pick up a vinyl from an artist you haven't heard before. Here are five Record Store Day releases that you'll want to stand in line for.
The Mavericks - Mono
Although the Mavericks' Mono has been out on CD and digital format since February, this Record Store Day marks the first time the album has been available on vinyl. A full digital download of the album comes free with purchase in case you want to listen on the go.
Lee Ann Womack - Trouble In Mind
This three track, 12-inch release was created with Lee Ann Womack's husband and producer Frank Liddell. They went for a stripped-down sound by only utilizing vocals and one acoustic guitar. There's a limited number being produced for Record Store Day and will likely sell out that day, so you'll want to grab one early.
Asleep At The Wheel (with Willie Nelson and The Blind Boys of Alabama) - Still The King: Celebrating The Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
This 7-inch vinyl features "New Spanish Two Step" and "The Devil Ain't Lazy," two songs that were cut from the full Still The King album. This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day and each copy is signed by Ray Benson, which makes it a must-have for any Asleep at the Wheel fan.
Chris Stapleton - In Stereo
If you can't wait until May 5 for Chris Stapleton's debut album, you can hear a preview of what's to come by picking up his limited edition 10-inch vinyl. In Stereo features the tracks "When the Stars Come Out" and "Fire Away," which will both also be on his debut album, and a cover of Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove's "Tennessee Whiskey."
Willie Nelson - Teatro
This exclusive, first-time ever on vinyl release of 1998's Willie Nelson's Teatro is definitely one to add to your shopping list. The album features backing vocals from Emmylou Harris and is has a special edition gold color. Only 5000 copies were pressed and are only being shipped to select stores, so I predict this will become one of the most highly sought after items for Record Store Day shoppers.