In an effort to spread some extra love and generate revenue for record stores, artists and labels who were hit especially hard by COVID-19, Record Store Day 2021 is split across two RSD Drops dates: June 12 and July 17. With new CDC guidelines and an increasing number of vaccinated Tennesseans, a few of our mom-and-pop record shops will be celebrating the day with live music, special deals and on-site vendors. And of course, there will be exclusive releases that are only available from indie retailers.
The June 12 selections include albums appearing on vinyl for the first time, like Nashville expat William Tyler’s New Vanitas, Strange Days by The Struts, Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1 (1963-1967): Highlights (featuring home recordings, broadcasts and live performances) and The Doors’ Morrison Hotel Sessions. You’ll also find some live sets like The Police Live! Vol. 1: Boston 1979 and Vol. 2: Atlanta 1983, k bye for now (swt live) from Ariana Grande and even a Live From Grimey’s set by The Brummies. There are also reimagined or remastered-and-expanded fan favorites like Tom Petty’s Angel Dream and Conor Oberst’s Ruminations. Also among the releases, find a handful of 7-inch selections like the double A-side “The Saint of Lost Causes,” which includes the late Justin Townes Earle’s original and Steve Earle and the Dukes’ tribute (originally released on Steve Earle’s J.T.).
You can find the full list of releases at recordstoreday.com and start planning out your shopping — both for this weekend and for July 17, which will include releases from All Them Witches, John Prine, R. Stevie Moore and more. In the meantime, here’s a quick guide to the various offers and events you’ll find at the record stores around Nashville on Saturday.
While Alison’s Record Shop (994A Davidson Drive) in West Nashville isn’t stocking any of the RSD releases, they will be offering 15 percent off their entire stock on Saturday and Sunday. The vintage shop is open noon until 5 p.m. both days, and all they ask is that customers wear a mask upon entrance.
If you’re looking to snag some of the RSD exclusives, head right down the road to The Great Escape (5400 Charlotte Ave.), open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (that goes for all five of the store’s locations, including Madison and Murfreesboro). In addition to stocking a number of RSD Drops, the shop will also be giving away freebies, including tote bags, buttons and up to five free records from its 99-cent LP section. For a bit of live music, head down to the Murfreesboro location for “chicken-fried prewar hokum-billy jug music” from Jake Leg Stompers at 2 p.m.
Third Man Records (623 Seventh Ave. S.) isn’t running any special deals, but they will be stocking the limited-edition Bobo Jenkins LP My All New Life Story, a Third Man comp featuring 12 electric blues tracks Jenkins recorded in the 1970s. They’re open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and masks will be required for all customers.
Over in East Nashville, Grimey’s New and Preloved Music (1060 E. Trinity Lane) will stock the majority of the RSD releases. These include the Jazz Dispensary collection The Dank D-Funk Blend Vol. 2, curated by Grimey’s co-owner Doyle Davis. The shop is open 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and community radio station WXNA will be set up outside with DJs spinning vinyl 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks will be required while shopping inside, but if you’re fully vaccinated, you won’t have to wear a mask while browsing the outdoor RSD tables.
A couple miles down the road, The Groove (1103 Calvin Ave.) is teaming up with Acme Radio Live for an all-day celebration. The store opens at 9 a.m., when customers will be able to shop RSD exclusives and also get 10 percent off of everything except for RSD drops and electronics. A series of live performances from Ian Ferguson, Keeps, Babe Club and more (see the full lineup via Facebook) kicks off at 11:30 a.m. You’ll also be able to grab food and drinks from The Gambling Stick, The Urban Juicer and Dreamers, and the shop will host a silent auction benefiting Music Neighbors. If you’re fully vaccinated, masks won’t be required, but the room with RSD exclusives will still have limited capacity, so show up early.
For more RSD exclusive titles, head over to Vinyl Tap (2038 Greenwood Ave.). Customers can start shopping the RSD tables at 9 a.m., and the rest of the store (and the bar) will open at noon. Only two customers will be allowed at the RSD table at a time, but you’ll be able to line up outside to get access.
Just outside of town, Viv and Dickey’s Oldies and Goodies (1264 Jackson Felts Road in Joelton) is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. They’ll have a limited number of the RSD exclusives available at a table outside the store, so if you’re looking for anything specific they recommend calling to check if it’s available before stopping by. Viv and Dickey’s will also offer 15 percent off all used records and vintage clothing, and Big Mike’s Little Doughnuts, Riff Raff Shirts and Hippie Dave tie-dye will be set up outside. Masks are no longer required for vaccinated customers, but the shop will still be limiting the number of customers allowed inside.