Record Store Day is April 16, Metallica Named Ambassador

Record Store Day, the global celebration of the culture of the independent record store, is taking place this year on April 16. Buying records is hot, especially when it comes to vinyl records and our independent record stores have been offering the best in music for decades. Sure the landscape of the music industry has changed, but record stores will never go away. Metallica is no stranger to Record Store Day, this year set for Saturday, April 16th, a special day in support of independent record stores and record store culture worldwide, now in its ninth year.

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CD Review: Larry Keel, Experienced

OK, you’ve had about 2 weeks to get a copy of Larry Keel’s Experienced and give it a listen. With a long record of amazing picking and songwriting, it’s a testament to his artistry that Keel has not bent his style to meet any expectation that was not his own. He pushes what is commonly accepted as bluegrass to a point where it bulges at the middle like a belly after a home cooked meal. Eat it up, folks.

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CD Review: David Gans

I have a new appreciation for “Looks Like Rain” and “Wharf Rat” after listening to them this way. The simplicity with which Gans performs these songs puts the focus squarely on the words. These stories have been told and retold in nearly every way imaginable. Through Lonesome Prison Blues, I turned my father on to the Dead. It’s A Hand-Me-Down might be the bridge to the Dead for you or someone you know.

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CD Review: Big Virginia Sky

Big Virginia Sky is a quintet hailing from, of course, Virginia comprised of lead singer and guitarist, James Adkins; mandolin player and vocalist, Scott Slay; bassist, Steve Lazar; percussionist, Dale Lazar; and 5-time IBMA banjo player of the year, Sammy Shelor. Fans of James Adkins will recognize many of the 11 tracks on this album, as they were written by him and featured on his solo album, The Angel and Me.

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