Saturday will be a holiday of sorts for music aficionados and fans of vinyl records, in particular. It’s the eighth annual Record Store Day, a nationwide event celebrating local brick-and-mortar record stores.
Matt Pfefferkorn, who owns Mellow Matt’s Music & More in Bowling Green, says the vinyl industry continues to make a strong comeback.
“It’s never really gone away. It’s had its low points, but it’s been on a steady increase since 2007 or 2008. But I think people are finally coming off that MP3 ‘buzz’ that they had and finding out that actually vinyl does truly sound better and it’s a warmer sound. The people that enjoy music – that’s what they want,” said Pfefferkorn.
According to numbers compiled by Nielsen Soundscan, vinyl record sales last year rose 32 percent, while CD sales continued to fall. Pfefferkorn says people who frequent record stores enjoy a sense of community they bring.
“They like a place where they can go and not only look and touch the albums and shop, but also talking with other people they don’t even know. But they become friends and they’re talking about their favorite bands and or what music they’re into…and that goes for us the employees here too,” said Pfefferkorn.
Mellow Matt's has been open since November of last year. It will be the store's first time to participate in Record Store Day, held the third Saturday in April every year. Stores must apply to participate in the day.
Several bands will be playing at Mellow Matt’s throughout the day Saturday. All participating stores will have special vinyl releases available only on Record Store Day.
Hundreds of record stores across the nation will be marking Record Store Day Saturday. A look at participating stores in our listening area.
Mellow Matt’s Music & More – Bowling Green
The Great Escape – Bowling Green
CD Warehouse – Bowling Green
Ticket to Ride – London
(Nine stores in Louisville)
Joe’s Records – Evansville
Joe’s Westside Records – Evansville