Mark your musical calendars for Record Store Day on April 20. (Source: RecordStoreDay.com)
(RNN) - In a world full of digital downloads and MP3s, record stores are becoming increasingly rare.
But for those who love the warmth of vinyl comes Record Store Day.
Record Store Day was created in 2007 to bring music lovers together and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding independently-owned record stores.
Over the past six years, Record Store Day has grown in popularity and this year's event, which will take place Saturday, April 20, will be no exception.
In addition to artist visits, giveaways and first releases, a number of albums will be exclusively available at participating locations for one day only. Some of the exclusive albums include Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper, Imagine Dragons, Mumford and Sons, Phoenix and Willie Nelson. Availability will vary by location.
So head to your local record store, grab a vinyl and enjoy the nostalgia. After all, this day only rolls around once a year.
If you haven't heard the mellow sound of Griffin House, now is your opportunity to open up your ears to a new artist for free. For a limited time, he is offering his new album, Balls, for download on NoiseTrade.
Balls is a combination of folk, rock, pop and a little punk and even offers a remade version of Griffin House's popular song The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out of His Mind. In an intelligent combination that captures emotion and depth, this album is great for unwinding after a long day.
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The right hand musical man to Billy Graham for decades, George Beverly Shea, has died.
Shea sang to more people than just about anyone through his more than half decade in music, appearing before an estimated 200 million people at Billy Graham crusades. Along the way, he released 72 albums, was nominated for 10 Grammys and was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1978.
In a statement, Graham said "I have lost one of the best friends I have ever had, but he and I look forward to seeing each other in Heaven relatively soon."