10 Country Music Record Store Day Releases You’ve Got to Get
Fans of country music will have plenty of special releases to keep them happy on Record Store Day in 2017.
Record Store Day is Saturday (April 22), and country acts from contemporary stars Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert all the way to classic singers including Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton have some exclusive vinyl coming for old school purists.
There's really no other listening experience like vinyl, and supporting local record stores also strikes an important blow for diversity in musical choices and puts some much-needed revenue in the hands of struggling independent retailers
Brandy Clark is also among the artists getting in on Record Store Day, along with the Cadillac Three, Steve Earle, Waylon Jennings, Shooter Jennings, and Emmylou Harris. Take a look at all of these special releases below, and visit RecordStoreDay.com for a complete list of all of the titles being released for Record Store Day in 2017.
Brandy Clark will release 2500 vinyl copies of Live From Los Angeles for Record Store Day 2017. The exclusive previously unreleased live recording was captured at a performance at the Hotel Cafe with only Clark and an accompanying guitarist.
The Johnny Cash Children's Album is another special release for RSD. Originally released in 1975, it showcased a lighter side to the Man in Black. The special 3000-copy run marks the first time the album has been available on vinyl in 40 years.
The Cadillac Three got to fulfill a musical dream when they recorded a live set at Abbey Road in London that includes "Peace Love & Dixie" and "The South," among others. The limited release consists of 1500 vinyl copies.
Warner Bros. is releasing 2800 copies of Steve Earle and the Dukes Live on vinyl for RSD. The 7", two-song album features live versions of "Fixin' to Die" and live versions of Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way."
Brantley Gilbert is kicking in with a 1500-copy run of his latest album, The Devil Don't Sleep, on vinyl. The exclusive release features five demo versions of songs from the album, and five live versions from a gig at Red Rocks.
Dolly Parton fans will get a one-of-a-kind look at her musical roots with the release of one of her earliest known recordings, "Puppy Love," in a limited vinyl edition of 2500. The song was originally released in 1959 by Gold Band Recordings. The B-side is “Girl Left Alone,” written by Parton, her aunt, Dorothy Jo Owens and her uncle, Bill Owens.
Originally released in 2008, Waylon Forever is being revived for a very limited run of 250 on orange colored vinyl. The backing band on the album consists of Waylon's son Shooter and his band, the .357's.
Shooter Jennings has been doing some concert dates with former members of his father's band, including Richie Albright, who played drums for Waylon since 1964. The 500-copy vinyl run of Shooter Jennings and Waymore's Outlaws will be the only official documentation of their historic collaboration.
Eric Church's Caught in the Act (Live) album will be released as a double vinyl set of 2500 copies for Record Store Day 2017. It will appear on special edition red vinyl and include a special RSD exclusive T-shirt offer for fans.
Emmylou Harris' contribution to RSD is a box set of her first five studio albums: Pieces of the Sky, Elite Hotel, Luxury Liner, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town and Blue Kentucky Girl. Includes a bonus 45 RPM single of "Light in the Stable" b/w "Little Drummer Boy". There will be just a thousand limited copies.