In rotation: 5/12/22

Nashville, TN | Sources: The Ernest Tubb Record Shop to Reopen: …over the past few days, the previous owner, David McCormick, and people close to him have been signaling that hope springs eternal, and the Ernest Tubb Record Shop will be opening its doors once again, and soon. While commenting on an article here at Saving Country Music on Sunday, May 8th, David McCormick said, “Too bad there are those out there who want to make up lies with their opinion. On a lighter note, the record shop will be reopening.” Then On Monday (5-9), former Ernest Tubb Record Shop music buyer and recording musician Cliff Gerken said, “Hundreds of news articles…Thousands of fans…Multiple petitions…And wonderful people who love country music and prayed for it’s heritage… Great news! The Ernest Tubb Record Shop is not closing!! They will be reopening soon!! Details will be forthcoming!!”

San Antonio, TX | Hogwild Records celebrates 40 years at the center of San Antonio’s music scene: This year, Hogwild Records, the old-school record store off Main Street and Dewey, quietly celebrated its 40th anniversary on March 1. It is one of the oldest standing records stores in San Antonio, and a lot can happen in four decades. The shop has weathered the heavy metal and punk scenes of the early 1980’s, a high-profile court case, the transition to CD’s and MP3’s, a global pandemic, and the hipster-era record store Renaissance (which has since invited vinyl back into the mainstream). Miraculously, the inky purple building near San Antonio College is still going strong. Looking for an album or band T-shirt? Allow the grimacing hog logo to be your north star.

San Diego, CA | Convoy Music Bar Brings Vinyl Records and Craft Cocktails to Kearny Mesa: A sleek speakeasy opens Wednesday, May 11 in one of Kearny Mesa’s busiest dining complexes. Hidden away next to the latest Taco Stand location on Convoy Street — its entrance is accessed from the alley behind the strip mall — Convoy Music Bar is an intimate and elegant 40-seat space modeled after a Tokyo-style listening bar. It’s the creation of Showa Hospitality, the local hospitality group behind Himitsu, Showa Ramen, and the booming Taco Stand chain as well as upscale Japanese restaurants in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. Co-founder Julian Hakim says the bar was built to offer a high-quality sound paired with a high-end but relaxed cocktail experience. A set of Kenrick custom speakers from Japan will transmit the evening’s soundtracks from a vinyl collection curated by Showa’s Yuichiro Edamatsu and selected by different nightly DJs.

Bengaluru, IN | Inside Record Room, India’s first vinyl and craft beer bar: An exclusive peek inside the all-new Bengaluru space, which opens this Friday. One of the greatest personal rediscoveries—post the pause of the pandemic—has been the sensation of touch. It isn’t just that human contact was missed and desired, it was being able to freely touch the things around us for fear of infection. It’s been a thrill to hold mangoes again at a market and breathe them in this summer, to press against them to test for their ripeness and caress them to check their skin for colour and corruption. And it isn’t that technology doesn’t respond to our slightest touch, it’s that with physical objects, there’s a resistance, a materiality, and an insistence that it exists that counters our every touch. On the evening of our exclusive look at the Record Room—India’s first craft beer and vinyl bar located in the bustling heart of Bengaluru city, we had a similar feeling of rediscovery.

Record Store Day Drives Gains On Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart: Record Store Day 2022 on Saturday, April 23 provided a major boost to a number of albums on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart dated May 7. Childish Gambino’s Kauai EP re-entered the Top Album Sales Chart at No. 1, benefiting from its first-ever release on vinyl for Record Store Day. Kauai, which was originally released as a digital download in 2014, sold 17,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending April 28, according to Luminate, with nearly all of the sales from the vinyl edition. Bonnie Raitt’s new studio album Just Like That… debuted at No. 2 on the chart with 14,000 copies sold, earning the singer/blues guitar legend her best performance on the tally since Longing In Their Hearts hit No. 1 in 1994. Country star Jason Aldean’s Georgia, which is the second part of his double album Macon, George, bowed at No. 3 on the Top Album Sales Chart with 13,000 copies sold.

La Crosse, WI | Gov. Evers checks out Promise office and La Crosse record store, while promoting business grants: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers was back in La Crosse on Tuesday, for the second consecutive week. Evers visited to promote the Main Street Bounceback Program on a statewide tour, which was kicked off in La Crosse. The governor is providing $25 million for more development grants to small businesses in Wisconsin. Evers said the Bounceback grants have assisted 4,200 businesses around the state, including 89 just in La Crosse County. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Sec. Missy Hughes joined Evers on the visit, which started at the Doerflinger building in downtown La Crosse. That’s where the La Crosse Promise program recently opened new offices. The two also stopped at the Audiolust record store, which has moved from State Street to South 6th Street. “Historically, we’ve been in the high schools,” says Czappa, “but the Bounceback grant allowed us to bring our main office to downtown La Crosse.”

Here Are 12 Vinyl Record Storage Hacks Every Collector Should Know About: Let’s face it, records aren’t just for your hipster and audiophile friends anymore. Vinyl records are everywhere, flooding e-commerce sites and even entering mainstream stores like Target and Walmart. Nowadays, it’s becoming just as easy to pick up a vinyl record as it is to grab milk at the store. Everyone seems to be hopping onto the vinyl resurgence. But, what happens when you have too many records in your collection? That’s where the best vinyl storage hacks come into play. Learning how to store vinyl records properly is essential. When it comes to vinyl record storage, follow these rules

Jack White praises “very cool” Olivia Rodrigo for “introducing another set of youth to the love of vinyl records.” “She’s very cool, very real and very much a lover of music.” Jack White has praised Olivia Rodrigo for “introducing another set of youth to the love of vinyl records” after meeting the singer for the first time. In an Instagram post, White – who owns the Third Man label and pressing plants – shared photos of himself and Rodrigo, as well as a video of them embracing. “I had the chance to meet a talented singer and musician today named Olivia Rodrigo,” he wrote. “She’s very cool, very real and very much a lover of music. She’s also introducing another set of youth to the love of vinyl records as well. Respect.” Rodrigo is currently midway through her US tour for her debut album ‘Sour’, which runs for the next 2 weeks.

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