Local stores celebrate Record Store Day

Local stores celebrate Record Store Day

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Saturday was a big day for people in the record business. It is called Record Store Day, and store owners say it is one of the busiest days of the year.

"It started as a celebration of independent record stores and kind of branched out. Now it's like a monstrous holiday. It's like Christmas in April," said Stiles.

It is celebrated the third Saturday every April, and it is drawing more and more attention.

"A lot of people are bringing their kids in, I mean babies, toting their babies around, pregnant women. I mean they're like yeah we want to get everybody acculturated," said Jay Nations with Raven Records and Rarities.

In a digital age where you can have any song you want at your fingertips, record store owners say they are seeing vinyl trend once again.

"I think kids today now, having digital things and things so fast, vinyl is kind of a throwback to where they actually have to go and do the thing and put it on and play. And they actually can look at the album cover without a magnifying glass," said Dan King with Disc Exchange in Knoxville.

"People are going back to vinyl. They want something real. I don't know anybody who can say 'my first CD was,' but everybody can tell you their first record," said Nations.

Some artists even release special albums just for Record Store Day helping promote shopping local and supporting those independent record stores.

"I mean Target doesn't sell this stuff," said Nations.

There were about 400 releases for Saturday, but each record store can choose how many and which ones they want to order and sell. Record Store Day got started in 2008. There are participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

In honor of Record Store Day, Nashville rocker Jack White made history, making the world's fastest released single. He recorded it in front of a live audience and releasing it as a single less than four hours late.
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