Record Store Day began in 2008 as a way to promote the brick-and-mortar, independently owned record stores. While just a few stores still exist, there is one that recently opened in The Factory at the end of last year called Luna Record Shop. Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 16th.
The new store describes itself as a “vinyl lifestyle” retail shop, selling new and used vinyl records along with music inspired gifts. Co-owned by two sisters, Calvert Gentry McMahan and Brenna Gentry. These sisters are fourth generation Franklin natives, who decided to fulfill a long time dream of opening and running a store together after collectively spending 15 plus years working in retail and having a passion for bringing their joy of music shopping to life.
At Luna Record Shop you will find new vinyl selections and rare imports, limited edition pressings, and local music, including select pressings from Third Man Records. As Saturday approaches,the store will be ready with hundreds of selections that release that day.
“We are a pledge free store which means that we will not pre-sale, hold any of the new releases or price gouge any releases that become available on Record Store Day,” said Calvert Gentry. ” All of our records will be sold first come, first serve basis.”
Some of the most anticipated releases on Record Store Day include:
David Bowie – I Dig Everything – The Pye Singles 1966;Cheap Trick latest album Found New Parts with a bonus track;Bob Dylan with a four track preview album Melancholy Mood; Grateful Dead –Capital Theatre,Passaic NJ 4/25/77; Johnny Cash- All Aboard the Blue Train & The Best of the Johnny Cash Show.
While visiting the store be sure to check out the curated selection of gifts that they feel compliment their “vinyl lifestyle” boutique. They even sell record players, store branded shirts, totes, vintage audio, and other music paraphernalia.
“We’re trying to bring back a record store experience that is not currently here in Franklin. Music lovers miss it and younger generations haven’t experienced it,” says Brenna. “There is something about record shopping that I think people really enjoy. In the age of the internet, music can be overwhelming. There is something about being able to see and touch what you are choosing to commit to musically,” says Calvert.
Doors will open to The Factory at 6am Saturday. Customers are encouraged to arrive early, Luna Record Shop opens at 9am. To celebrate the day they will have live music and spinning records until closing at 6pm.
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