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Record Store Day is April 22

by Cass Teague
Amythyst Kiah with her Record Store Day EP entitled “Pensive Pop”.

Record Store Day, the global celebration of the culture of the record store and the largest single-day music event in the world, takes place annually. The sixteenth Record Store Day will be celebrated on April 22, 2023. This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role they play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on.

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently-owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today, Record Store Day is celebrated at independently-owned brick-and-mortar record stores around the world. Learn more and find all about it at: https://recordstoreday.com/

Vinyl albums outsold CDs last year for the first time since 1987, according to the Recording Industry Association of America’s year-end report released recently. It marked the 16th consecutive year of growth in vinyl, with 41 million albums sold — compared to 33 million CDs. Streaming is still the biggest driver of the music industry’s growth, making up 84% of recorded-music revenue, but physical music formats saw a remarkable resurgence in the past couple of years. Vinyl revenue grew 17% and topped $1.2 billion last year, making up nearly three-quarters of the revenue brought in by physical music. At the same time, CD revenue fell 18% to $483 million, the RIAA said.

While there are a lot of independent stores that participate in Record Store Day, not all of them will choose to participate in all promotions, or carry all releases. Just because a store is listed here does NOT mean it will have the goodies or records you’re looking for. That said, find a store near you and check with them directly. It’s always a good idea to be BFFs with your neighborhood record store.

In the Nashville area, the following stores are your best bets for Record Store Day: The Great Escape Nashville, The Great Escape Madison, Grimey’s, Boulevard Record Shop, Vinyl Tap, The Groove, Swaggie Records, Ernest Tubb Record Shop, The Vinyl Bunker, Third Man Records and Novelties, New Life Record Shop, CD Warehouse, Alison’s Record Shop, and McKay Books.

While there’s only one Record Store Day a year, the organization works with both independent and major labels throughout the year to create contests, special releases and promotions in order to spotlight the benefits of supporting these independent, locally owned stores with music purchases throughout the year.

Amythyst Kiah got her first look at her upcoming #RSD23 EP “Pensive Pop” backstage at the @opry and that just makes it even more exciting. Pick up a copy of her new project at your local record store.

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