With more than 200 unique, limited-edition releases, Record Store Day 2013 promises another stellar bounty of albums, singles
and boxed sets. While there are CDs, DVDs and even a few books scattered in the mix this year, the heft of the offerings are
gorgeous, high-quality vinyl records.
Among the finds is the Avett Brothers
and Randy Travis: Music From CMT Crossroads, a seven-inch single recorded during
their CMT Crossroads episode last November. The disc
features both acts performing the Avetts’ “February Seven” and Travis’ “Three Wooden Crosses.”
While Record Store Day
covers every genre imaginable, here are several other noteworthy releases available at your local record store on Saturday
Chet Atkins, Black Jack
This seven-inch EP features
four previously unreleased songs from the Country Gentleman himself. Songs include “Midnight,” “Boo Boo Stick Beat,” “Blackjack”
and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” pressed on rich red wax.
Elizabeth Cook and
Jason Isbell, “Tecumseh Valley”
After successfully covering two Townes Van Zandt songs on The Late Show With David Letterman last summer, Cook
and Isbell went into the studio to recreate the magic. You’ll hear it was mission accomplished on this seven-inch single featuring
“Tecumseh Valley” on the A side and “Pancho and Lefty” on the B side.
Townes Earle, Yuma
Earle’s stunning debut from 2007 is now available on vinyl for the very first time. This
10-inch EP is pressed on gorgeous opaque gold wax and features the original track listing of “The Ghost of Virginia,” “You
Can’t Leave,” “Yuma,” “I Don’t Care,” “Let the Waters Rise” and “A Desolate Angels Blues.”
With her new album American Kid coming out on May 7, singer-songwriter Griffin is releasing
a special seven-inch single for lead track “Ohio.” It’s pressed on heavyweight black vinyl and hand-numbered, as only 500
were made. Plus, Griffin has signed 25 of them. This rare release will be housed in an all-white, stamped promo sleeve.
McPherson, “Fire Bug”
Following last year’s release of the album Signs and Signifiers, rockabilly upstart JD
McPherson is putting out a seven-inch single pressed on red vinyl with “Fire Bug” and “A Gentle Awakening.”
Tift Merritt, Markings
As one of Record Store Day’s most intricately hand-crafted
pieces, this four-song, 12-inch EP is pressed on translucent red wax and housed in a cross-stitched/embroidered album cover.
Only 300 of these beauties were made. It features an unreleased track, a live track and two acoustic tracks from last year’s
album, Traveling Alone.
Live From Bull Moose
This 10-inch EP features four songs played live at a Mumford Sons in-store event last
August at Bull Moose Records in Scarborough, Maine. Songs include “I
Will Wait,” “Ghosts That We Knew,” “Where Are You Now” and “Awake My Soul.” This release will also be available on CD.
Willie Nelson, Crazy: The Demo Sessions
This 12-inch full-length album features
some of Nelson’s first Nashville recordings circa 1960-1966. These raw and rough demos were merely used to pitch songs to
other artists and were never meant for proper release. However, looking back on his illustrious and storied career, these
early nuggets highlight the seeds of his songwriting talent and his one-of-a-kind croon.
97’s and Waylon Jennings, Old 97’s and Waylon Jennings
Back in 1996,
Waylon Jennings went into the studio with Old 97’s and cut two songs with them that have never been released before now. This
fascinating double seven-inch release features the collaborations “Iron Road” and “The Other Shoe” on one seven-inch and the
Old 97’s demos of “Visiting Hours” and “Fireflies (Take 2)” from 1996 on the other seven-inch. Both discs were pressed on
brilliant yellow vinyl and the extraordinary cover artwork was done by Jon Langford.
Parsons, Gram Parsons the Fallen Angels — Live 1973
This seven-inch first saw the light of day back
in 1982 as a bonus EP attached to Parsons’ Live 1973 full-length album. Side one features the “encore medley” of “Bony
Moronie/40 Days/Almost Grown” and side two features interviews with Parsons and Emmylou
Harris, as well as a tribute version of “Hot Burrito #1″ by the Byrds’ Gene Parsons. This is one of the more extremely
limited releases as only 650 were pressed.
While this impressive quintet initially released this on CD last November, it’s now available on vinyl, as well.
The songs were captured during the recording sessions for last year’s album Who’s Feeling Young Now? and continue in
the same rambunctious, jazzy, virtuoso vein. In just five eclectic tracks, they manage to throw us a sea shanty, traditional
bluegrass, rootsy blues and a gloriously cacophonous stomper. They pressed the 10-inch EP in honor of Record Store Day, but
it hit some stores earlier this week.