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Record Store Day 2023: Top Country and Americana Picks

April 10, 2023 4:27 pm GMT
Last Edited June 5, 2023 2:03 pm GMT

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Record Store Day is just around the corner and there's a lot for country music fans to get excited about.

The exclusive vinyl version of Victoria Hallman’s From Birmingham to Bakersfield that Holler premiered a song from recently isn't the only thing you'll want to get your grubby hands on this year.

Holler takes you through the pick of this year's exclusives and special releases ahead of the day itself on 22nd April.

First up, there's this year’s Record Store Day Ambassadors Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires who are releasing an etched 12” of The Sound Emporium EP featuring two new originals and a reimagined version of ‘Tour of Duty’ and a cover of Richard Thompson’s ‘Brewing’.

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Amanda Shires is also separately releasing a one-sided etched 12” version of Live at Columbia Studio A featuring Maren Morris and Jason Isbell.

Last year's Record Store Day ambassador Taylor Swift also releases an exclusive 2 Disc grey 12 inch LP, folklore: the long pond studio sessions. Taylor Swift’s 3rd GRAMMY® Album of the Year, folklore, was recorded during the Covid-19 lockdown so Taylor and her collaborators were never able to play the album together... until the Long Pond Studio Sessions in September 2020. This is the first time it will be available on vinyl.

It's a big weekend for Doug Sahm fans! Sir Douglas Quintet's set recorded at the iconic Ash Grove, Santa Monica, in 1971, makes its debut on vinyl as Texas Tornado: Live from Ash Grove, Santa Monica and Son Volt release their new album Day Of The Doug on coloured vinyl ahead of its full release in June.

There’s a gold vinyl version of Orville Peck’s latest album Bronco. Kip Moore has a blue vinyl version of his Wild Ones (Deluxe Edition) album and Kenny Roger’s double vinyl set of All In For The Gambler: All Star Concert Celebration, featuring his last live performance with Dolly Parton is coming out.

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Following the Grammy-winning 20th anniversary edition of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco offer up an alternate version of the landmark 2002 album featuring unique performances by Jeff Tweedy and the band of all eleven songs.

The collection was originally released as a bonus CD with the September 2022 edition of Uncut magazine but is now coming out on vinyl.

Caitlin Rose releases a special limited 7" Vinyl for Record Store Day 2023. The 500 unit Limited 'Cherry Red' Coloured 7" release features two exclusive tracks recorded during the sessions for Caitlin’s new critically acclaimed album CAZIMI.

New Track 'Johnny Velvet' and the demo version of 'Carried Away (Demo)’ will be available for fans for the first time as exclusive to this 7" release.

Vinyl Exotica are putting out a must-have for all Lee Hazelwood fans. Fools, Rebel Rousers and Girls On Death Row is 35-track compilation of an eclectic selection of rarities, juxtaposed alongside a handful of his early hits.

The Delines release a Solid Silver colour vinyl of The Night Always Comes, the sound track to Willy Vlautin's book of the same name. Only ever available as CD with the book, this is a first time pressing on vinyl strictly limited to 1250 worldwide

The portals of country hell open once more with another incredible Iron Mountain Analog Research compilation Hillbillies In Hell: A Chrestomathy: Subterranean Sacraments From The Country Music Underworld (1952-1974) as well as a collection of Dorsey Burnette's releases from 1960-1964 that promises "full throated, big chested country, Hollyweird pop and velveteen popcorn for the working stiffs" in their vinyl issue of Hard Working Man.

Dolly Parton pops up with The Monument Singles Collection 1964-68 A first-time collection of the A & B sides from Dolly’s 1960’s singles from her early days at Monument Records.

This collection has been fully remastered from the original Monument Records mono master tapes. It also features liner notes from two-time Grammy nominee and the award-winning author, Holly George-Warren.

Perhaps most exciting of all for Holler though is Jonathan Richman’s 1990 masterpiece Jonathan Goes Country which finally gets a long overdue reissue on red cowboy boots vinyl featuring all-analog mastering from the original tapes.

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See you in the queues, country lovers!

Record Store Day takes place across indie record stores on April 22nd 2023 in the US and UK. For details of all the releases and to find out what your local store is doing on the day click here for the UK and click here for the USA.

Written by Jof Owen
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