My husband and I share an affinity for vintage goods with records being at the top of the list. Luckily we inherited quite the collection from our parents and have added to it over the years. Most Sunday afternoons you'll find us at home relaxing and jammin' tunes on our hammy-down but super loud stereo. We might even be louder than the college kids that live next door.
This Saturday is Record Store Day! Never heard of it?
"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 1000 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. 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 these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April."
Even if you don't have a record player, you can support your local indie music store by buying a CD (remember those), tshirt, poster, etc. Most stores have special deals, free gifts, or live music so check out the website to see participating record stores and find out what's happening in your area.
Here are a few of my favorites from our vinyl collection.... not all Southern, but all classics in my book.
Willie and the Family Live - no description necessary
Recorded live at Panther Hall in Fort Worth, Texas
Rolling Stones - Some Girls
Pretty much any of them but lately I've been playing Some Girls.
Allman Brothers- Live at the Fillmore East 1971
One of the best live albums...ever. Fun fact: this photo was taken in an alley in Macon, Georgia
Sonny Boy Williamson- Chess Blues Masters Series
Van Morrison - St. Dominick's Preview or Hard Knows the Highway
The Beatles - Abbey Road
Patsy Cline- Greatest Hits
The Band - The Last Waltz
Emily Laborde is a freelance writer and social media manager hooked on cruising backroads, photographing old houses, and loving all things local. For more check out her blog Em’s on the Road. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.