RECORD STORE DAY: 10 Records We're Looking Forward To

RECORD STORE DAY: 10 Records We're Looking Forward To

The 10th Annual Record Store Day is just TWO days away! We're getting excited and wanted to let you know what records we're most looking forward to, so here you go:

 

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Welcome to 1979

Prince - Sign O the Times

John Paul White and Donnie Fritts - John Paul White Sings Donnie Fritts, Donnie Fritts Sings John Paul White

The Head and the Heart - Stinson Beach Sessions

The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever

Bruce Springsteen - Hammersmith Odeon London '75

Stevie Ray Vaughn - Live at Carnegie Hall

The Lumineers - Song Seeds

Iron and Wine - Archive Series Volume No. 3

Paul McCartney - Cassette Demos

 

Wilco - Schmilco

Wilco - Schmilco

April

Wilco is my favorite band. I love other artists better than them, but as a band, in my lifetime, I think they are without equal. Part Americana, part experimental rock orchestra, they are a group of ridiculous musicians centered around the songwriting genius of Jeff Tweedy. This is their tenth album, Schmilco, and sending out this record to the Magnolia Record Club is a dream come true. Their albums tend toward one of two directions, the weird rock n roll albums like Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, or the subdued Americana of Sky Blue Sky and Being There. I have seen them live probably 5 or 6 times and they never disappoint.

Schmilco finds them in probably the most subdued state of their career. Wistful melancholy melodies about growing up; without ever veering into complete nostalgia. Songs of beauty and ache, wonderfully choreographed on the production side of things. To me, this is a record you play all the way through, on a mellow day with partly cloudy skies, hopeful but somber. This record is intimate and honest. The best kind of record. I hope you enjoy Wilco as much as I do. Go see a show. You will thank me later.

-Drew

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors - Souvenir

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors - Souvenir

MARCH

I find it much easier to write about other artist’s records than my own, but I could not be more proud to present Souvenir to you. This album has been an incredible journey for me. For the first time ever, I started writing songs with my bandmates, Nathan and Rich, and they renewed a creative spark in me that had been dampened by the ruthless touring schedule of the Medicine album and having two little kids at home. We started meeting weekly and writing together, sharing thoughts, life, music, stories, and laughter. Many of the songs on this album came out of those times - “The Morning Song”, “Fight for Love”, “Postcard Memories” and others. They also each have a song they wrote alone on the album - “Sometimes” by Rich, and “Yellow Rose of Sante Fe” by Nathan. 

Through the trust, friendship and camaraderie we built over 10 years making music together, they learned my voice, my phrasing, and I have been pushed musically by them since we began this journey. I also wrote a number of songs alone that reflect the state of my own heart and perspective, “Wild World”, “New Year” and 2 or 3 others that are part of my continuous search to make sense of the joy and tragedy that we all experience throughout the course of our lives. 

It continues to be an overwhelming honor to have people who let these songs into their lives. People who carry their own stories, their own laughter and sadness, and let our music be a part of the soundtrack. I am beyond proud of Souvenir and I hope you enjoy it even a fraction as much we enjoyed making it.

Much love,

Drew

Turntable Shoppers Guide

Turntable Shoppers Guide

Shopping for a turntable?

Here are some of our top picks and why! This selection offers a combination of lower end models, middle range, and top notch players to meet your specific needs. Choose between modern and vintage style turntables. Click the image to learn more!

Audio-Technica AT-LP120

Everybody's favorite. The best turntable for the most people. It's the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable with built-in preamplifier. 

Audio-Technica AT-LP60

The ultimate beginner turntable. Affordable, easy to use, decent sound quality for the price. The Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable. The LP-60 is also available with Bluetooth for a higher price

Fluance High Fidelity

If you don't need USB recording, you could choose this turntable over the AudioTechnica AT-LP120. The Fluance High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player has dual magnet cartridge, elliptical diamond stylus, belt drive, built-in preamp, adjustable counterweight & anti-skating, solid wood cabinet RT81.

TEAC TN-300

The sleek TEAC TN-300 Analog Turntable with built-in preamplifier and USB digital output is known for its ability to please both beginners and audiophiles alike.

Electrohome Archer Vinyl Record Player

If you're on a strict budget, you will need to purchase a player with built-in speakers, unless you already own speakers. Turntables with built-in speakers do not produce the greatest sound performance, but if you want to start small, this is the way to go. Classic Turntable Stereo System with Built-in Speakers, USB for MP3s, Headphone Jack, & AUX Input.

Electrohome Signature Classic Turntable

The Electrohome made the list because of its retro design and warm, natural vibrancy. This record player delivers a full sound with an acoustic cabinet and four speakers for hi-fi audio performance.

Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway

Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway

FEBRUARY

Six or seven years ago Ellie and went to see Grace Potter at the Ryman. We had great seats, about 8 rows from the stage. We knew Grace's performance would be a big, bold rock-n-roll show, but we weren’t ready for the opener: The Carolina Chocolate Drops, a Grammy-winning folk trio. Rhiannon Giddens was one of the key creative forces in that band, and has since left to start her own solo work. Her new album Freedom Highway is a chronicle of American history through the eyes of a black woman, spanning the slave narratives of the 1800’s all the way up to today. These are interesting times we live in and I find that music is one place to find truth and dignity, to hear the stories of other people and let those stories change the way you see the world. 

The songs were recorded in deep south Louisiana in wooden rooms that pre-date the Civil War. The walls have stories, as they say, and Rhiannon lets the stories into her songwriting. This album is a genre-defying act of unity and solidarity, saying to us that while we are all very different, we are also all very similar. We all have a story to tell. There is as much Patsy Cline as there is Nina Simone in her writing and production. I think this album will go down as a very important one, and I have been moved by it already. I hope you will too. 

Best,

Drew

Record Player Accessories

Record Player Accessories

Whether you're just getting into the world of vinyl, or you have been holding onto your grandparent's dusty turntable for a while, every good vinyl collector needs cleaning accessories to keep your collection in top condition. 

Here are three products we recommend to start you off. Check out our blog on 5 Tips for Cleaning Records  to learn more. 

Turntable Lab: Carbon Fiber Anti-Static Record Brush

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RCA RD1006 Discwasher Vinyl Record Cleaning Kit

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Anti-Static Carbon Fiber Cleaner with Stylus Brush

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Lori McKenna - The Bird and The Rifle

Lori McKenna - The Bird and The Rifle

JANUARY

There are a lot of songwriters in the world, and it is dang near impossible to find the diamonds hidden in the sand. Lori McKenna has a pretty unconventional story. She had been a songwriter in the Boston area -- unknown and hardly noticed until well into her 30’s -- when Faith Hill recorded one of her songs. A mother of 5, and still a Massachusetts resident, she has stayed faithful to her incredible capacity to take the mundane and transcendent parts of life and weave them into moving universal narratives. This is her new record, nominated for THREE Grammy’s this year: Best Americana Album, Best American Roots Song for “Wreck You,” and Best Country Song for Tim McGraw’s cover of “Humble and Kind” from this album. 

I had the great fortune of having Lori McKenna as a special guest for the VIP party at Moon River this year and we did a Bluebird Cafe -style in the round show with her, myself and Sean McConnell. The room was blown away by her, and so was I. This album is everything I love about music. Recorded live with Dave Cobb -- the lauded producer behind recent classic albums by Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton-- The Bird and the Rifle is like a good friend in your passenger, having fun but also telling you the truth about your life and their own, and that’s why the friendship works. 

We are incredibly honored to present this Grammy-nominated (I bet she wins one or two of those...stay tuned) album by this tremendous songwriter!

-Best, 

Drew

3 Speakers Worth the $$$

3 Speakers Worth the $$$

One great way to enhance your vinyl experience is to invest in high quality speakers.

Here are three of our favorites. Click to learn more!

Magnolia Mixtape

Magnolia Mixtape

DECEMBER 

Hello Friends.

Magnolia Record Club has officially been sending vinyl records to mailboxes all over the country for one year! I could not be more thrilled to be trusted to bring you great and often unique offerings for music and vinyl lovers like yourself. In that spirit, I am also thrilled to bring you Magnolia Mixtape, Volume 1! We decided that a great way to end the year for the Record Club each year would be for me to make a vinyl mixtape of songs and artists that I love and put them together on a Limited Edition pressing and make that available ONLY to y’all. I think this is a great way to celebrate new music and the Holidays all at once. Most of the artists on this mixtape are friends of mine and artists we have toured with throughout the years. Some are big name national touring artists like Alabama Shakes and Josh Ritter, while others are brand new artists like Ry-Lo and Caitlyn Smith. I think you will love the ride we are taking you on with Magnolia Mixtape, Volume 1. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

-Drew

We are excited to offer the first ever Magnolia Mixtape (Volume 1), completely curated by Drew Holcomb, as our limited edition December record of the month only available through Magnolia Record Club. This LIMITED PRESS compilation will include a number of Drew's personal favorite songs from this year pressed onto a red marble vinyl. Subscribe / Gift by December 15th to get your copy, or to give the gift of music this holiday season!

  1. SHOEGAZE - Alabama Shakes
  2. GETTING READY TO GET DOWN - Josh Ritter
  3. NEW FRIEND - Ry-Lo
  4. SEA OF LOVE - Langhorne Slim & Jill Andrews
  5. HOLY DAYS - Sean McConnell
  6. JERICHO - Marc Scibilia
  7. ROCK AND A HARD PLACE - David Ramirez
  8. TACOMA - Caitlyn Smith
  9. IF WE KEEP DOING NOTHING - Kris Allen
  10. CLAUSTROPHOBIC - Cereus Bright
  11. ALL MY WORRY - Kate York & Joe Pisapia

Dave Barnes - Carry On, San Vicente

Dave Barnes - Carry On, San Vicente

NOVEMBER

We are excited to feature the latest record by Grammy nominated songwriter Dave Barnes, "Carry On, San Vicente" AUTOGRAPHED as our November record of the month. Subscribe by November 15th to get yours! 

"Dave Barnes is a performer that – similar to Chris Stapleton – the industry has a soft spot for. And, he’s earned every bit of that praise. With cuts from Blake SheltonBilly CurringtonTim McGraw, and Kelly Clarkson to his credit, he’s definitely one of the most-respected singer-songwriters of this era.

At the same time, Barnes has been a recording artist for a long time, and his ninth album qualifies as nothing short of ear candy. In the notes that accompany the disc, Barnes talks about his being influenced by such 70s California mainstays as Fleetwood Mac and Jackson Browne, and it shows here.

In fact, if you were to have told me that these songs were lost and unreleased tracks from The Eagles, I would have definitely believed you. Barnes does an unbelievable job conjuring up the magic of Frey and Henley. And, keep in mind that Carry On, San Vicente was recorded – and finished – long before Frey’s untimely passing. So, this stands as a noble tribute to a sound that defined him as an artist as opposed to trying simply to cash in on the moment.

Now, that being said…the music. “She’s The One I Love,” the opening cut, paints within that said musical scheme rather effectively from the opening kick-off. It makes you want to switch the time machine back to 1975, and take a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. Damn, it qualifies as sonic ecstasy. Other highlights on the album include the title track, which is reminiscent of “New Kid In Town,” as well as the emotional depth and straight-ahead lyrics of “Need Your Love.” The acapella opening of “Glow Like The Moon” will also stir some memories, as well.

All along the way, the songwriting of Barnes takes center stage. When you hear a track like “Sunset Santa Fe” or “Nothing Like You,” you realize that as good as other artists make his compositions sound, there’s nothing like the real thing….and Dave Barnes is the real thing. Hopefully, this album will open more eyes to that unique talent!"

Sounds Like Nashville

Why Vinyl?

Why Vinyl?

"Why should I start a vinyl collection?"

We hear this question regularly. What are the pros and cons of collecting vinyl records? Is it worth the investment? Does it really sound that much better than digital music? Here's what we have to say about it.

In a world where streaming is the dominant form of listening to music, free downloads are not hard to come by, and CDs have become nearly laughable to some, vinyl enthusiasts can still be found all over the world. These are what we've found to be the top reasons why this form of recorded music is still respected. 

Analog vs. Digital Audio

To the untrained ear, one might not realize that there is a difference in sound between analog (record players) and digital (CD's, MP3's, radio) systems. But, technically speaking, there is a major difference - and here's why: analog signals are continuous while digital signals are not. The groove of vinyl records are like drawings of the continuous signals, which will be decoded by the turntable. Digital signals are broken down into smaller pieces of information, but to our ears the sound we hear from our speakers remains continuous. Digital audio takes samples of the original audio at a specified rate, while analog audio takes the original sound waves and replicates them exactly. Technology still fails to create digital audio that perfectly replicates the original audio as analog audio is able to do. This means that analog audio produces a much more pure, raw, and original sound than digital audio.

Aesthetic Appeal

For some of us, a major draw to building a vinyl collection is purely the warm, inviting aesthetics that a turntable setup effortlessly offers. Visually, a record player and collection of vinyl records is a neat addition to any room. Auditorily, record players warm a room with their unique sound, as mentioned before. A fellow vinyl-enthusiast says it just right,

"They're the best way to make purchasing music feel like something. Vinyl allows you to have a sentimentality about albums - there's a tactile quality, a ritual to pulling a record out of a sleeve and putting it on and focusing your attention on the act of listening for a side at a time."

Vinyl Community 

Just like community naturally establishes itself around other hobbies or interests such as golfing or painting, vinyl collectors tend to find each other. The beautiful thing about this community is that it's not exclusive. You don't have to have a certain size collection or a certain type of record player to make the cut. My friends and I began our collections in college. We held listening parties in our crowded dorm rooms to take a break from late night studying. There are all shapes and sizes of vinyl lovers. Some, the broke college student kind, others the young professionals, the established middle aged, or the retired. Aside from the fact that community forms around mutual interests, a unique reason that there's a community around this form of music listening is purely because it's not the norm. Collecting and investing in vinyl music is something special to connect and bond over. 

Worth the Investment?

Vinyl sales have been on the rise, not just in the past two years, but for over 15 years. (So, no vinyl is not "just a trend") Vinyl retains most of its value when taken proper care of, making it all the more worth the investment. If one day you decide that your collection is not of value to you, someone else will likely find value in it.

If you got excited while reading the above paragraphs, vinyl will without a doubt be worth your resources. There are still plenty of other reasons to choose vinyl if none of these struck you today. We hope that you make the move if you have decided that you want to join our music-loving community. Check out our Store for recommended products, and don't forget to Subscribe for our monthly vinyl packages!

 

 

 

5 Tips for Cleaning Vinyl Records

5 Tips for Cleaning Vinyl Records

Keeping your records conditioned requires consistent cleaning before and after use, even if your record is brand new. There are many different ways to clean records. This blog highlights safeaffordable, and easy ways to clean vinyl records.

1. EVERYDAY CLEANING. In addition to deep cleaning your records with a wet solution, use a carbon fiber brush to gently clean records before and after each use. If you are deep cleaning your record, you should also remove dust appropriately before washing your record.

2. CLEANING SOLUTION. When your vinyl needs a deeper clean, grab a cleaning solution of your choice. How often you need to deep clean a record usually depends on how often it is used. If a record is noticeably dirty, or does not produce a pure sound, it's probably time for a good clean. You may choose to invest in a cleaning solution as cheap as $2, as costly as $20, or purchase a vacuum, which works wonderfully to safely clean your records. However, the most affordable and easy way to safely clean your record is by using a gentle dish soap.

3. WATER. For optimal results, use de-ionized and distilled warm water to clean records after you have appropriately removed dust and debris from the surface of the record. Warm temperatures are not best for your records, but it is necessary for dissolving the soap. Carefully choose a water temperature just warm enough to dissolve the soap.

4. CLOTH. It's important that you have a soft, lint-free cloth ready to wipe your record with as you clean them. Avoid using an old t-shirt or bath towel.  

5. DRYING. Two simple options for drying your record: either use your lint-free cloth to dry the record, or place your record on the cloth and carefully lean it up against a wall to air dry.

Joseph - I'm Alone, No You're Not

Joseph - I'm Alone, No You're Not

october

Joseph’s I’m Alone, No You’re Not is one of my favorite albums of 2016. It just came out a few weeks ago and is giving the 3 sisters a serious amount of attention that is well deserved. I first heard of the band when we had Penny & Sparrow open a West Coast tour for us in the Fall of 2014. They have done some recordings and touring together over the last couple years. The Magnolia Record Club family grows very organically as I am sure you can tell by now. 

When I heard “White Flag” a few months ago, I literally stood up out of my chair and was raising my fist in the air by the end of the first chorus. 

I could surrender but I’d just be pretending.
I’d rather be dead than live a lie. 
Burn the White Flag!

Imagine Coldplay with the harmonies of the Beach Boys, but sisters. 

The record is hypnotic, with soaring anthems and quiet laments, armed with an intimacy that can only run in the blood. The magic is working, as the trifecta is touring with James Bay and other international acts, getting booked for the worlds biggest festivals and finding a massive following of their own. Get on board people, this train will be around for a long time. 

-Drew

Needtobreathe - HARDLOVE

Needtobreathe - HARDLOVE

september

I am thrilled we are able to offer you the new album Hard Love by our dear friends and long time tour partners NEEDTOBREATHE! The album came out just a few weeks ago but has not been available on vinyl until this month. It is their first Billboard #1 album. 

I first came to know NEEDTOBREATHE as a fan, taking Ellie to see them at the Ryman in 2012. I thought they put on one of the most energetic and soulful live shows I had ever seen. A little while later a friend of ours was on the road as a guitar tech for the band and gave Bo Rinehardt a copy of our album Chasing Someday. I was checking twitter one random day and Bo had given me a shout out about how he liked our music. We met a few months later at a radio conference in Boulder CO, and then they invited Ellie and I sing with them onstage at Minneapolis’ First Avenue. This was the beginning of a long friendship. 

I have toured with NTB 3 times, first as a solo acoustic opener, then as a band, then on the inaugural Tour De Compadres, playing venues like Red Rocks, the Greek Theatre and dozens of other bucket list venues. We made deep friendships with the band and made a lot of new fans. I am forever grateful to them for introducing us to their vast fanbase. 

This new record is a bold step on a bigger stage. Big sounds, big songs, and lots of musical stretching, introducing horns, gospel choirs, synth beats, and nods to pop music that are absent on most of their other records. Bear’s voice is one the most powerful and soulful I’ve ever heard and this album showcases it better than the rest of their discography, in my opinion. They never play the rules with songwriting, eschewing the predictable verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/solo/chorus model of so much popular music, instead taking their fans on a diverse musical journey. We hope you enjoy this record breaking new album by NEEDTOBREATHE. 

-Drew

Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors - Live At The Ryman

Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors - Live At The Ryman

august

Hello friends! I have written the inside dust jacket letter below, because I don't know if I can describe my experience at the Ryman more clearly than I do inside the album, but I should say a few words about the vinyl and the record club. I have been blown away by how many people have joined this dream of mine, to create a community of music lovers who trust my taste in music. To get to share this live album, our first one as a band, with all of you, is a dream realize. I love the way it turned out on vinyl, and I hope you will cherish it as much as I do. You people are the best. Honored to have you in my corner.

The Ryman is one of very few holy places for me. I have seen over 35 shows there as a fan. The first one was Ryan Adams. Shortly thereafter, the second one was my first date with Ellie to see Patty Griffin in 2005. In the last 10 years, I have seen Tom Waits, Kris Kristofferson, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, David Gray, Bob Dylan, Amos Lee, Needtobreathe, The Swell Season, Jack White, Elvis Costello, and numerous other legends. Honestly, I never had the courage to dream that we would ever headline our own show there. It seemed like too much to ask. I was wrong to not have that dream.

Coming out onstage that night was the most humbling experience of my life. 2,400 people singing along to our songs. These are songs I bled over, songs that told my story, and songs my band poured their hearts and talents into. We recorded the show just in case it was as magical as we had hoped it would be. It was. This live record is a long time coming. We have played well over a thousand shows over the years, but it never felt right to release a live record. Now is the right time. The Ryman was the right night. We hope you enjoy listening to the show as much as we enjoyed performing it.

-Drew

The Oh Hellos - Dear Wormwood

The Oh Hellos - Dear Wormwood

july

I heard of The Oh Hellos a long time before I heard The Oh Hellos. A handful of friends and fans had told me about their debut EP that came out in 2011, but I never got around to listening to it. Then I saw them open for my friends in NEEDTOBREATHE at The Fontanel Amphitheater outside of Nashville. I was blown away. 

The Oh Hellos are Tyler and Maggie Heath. They record everything just the two of them, playing dozens of instruments and creating lush sonic landscapes full of Americana and folk pop, reminding listeners of Sufjan Stevens, Hem and other theatrical ensembles. They tour as a large 12 piece band, bringing their records to life on the big stage. 

Dear Wormfood feels like a festive literary party. It is a retelling of the CS Lewis classic, "The Screwtape Letters", but this time the narrators are the victims telling the antagonist that they are on to his devilish schemes. It is at times playful, other times epic, and others sanguine. It is a perfect record for vinyl, as it is made to be listened to from start to finish.

I love a band that takes chances, follows a creative muse before the commercial muse. This record is theatrical, heartbreaking, beautiful, and inspiring. I hope you like it as much as I do. I am also thrilled they are coming to my Moon River Music Festival this October. Don't miss them.

-Drew

June Record of the Month - Stephen Kellogg

June Record of the Month - Stephen Kellogg

JUNE

We are excited to feature the latest from Stephen Kellogg, "South, West, North, East" on **DOUBLE VINYL** as our record of the month!

True to the sprawling designs referenced in its title, South, West, North, East comes across like an epoch effort, thanks to the memorable melodies that are etched in practically every one of its 20 songs. Spread across two [vinyl], the material glows with a low lit intensity that makes even slow-burning ballads like “Almost Woke You Up,” “The Open Heart,” and “Those Kids” resonate with both resilience and reserve. Opener “High Horse” is the most spirited offering overall, a compelling track that makes “Best of Me” a close second. Even so, it’s the reverential chorus of “Wallpaper Angel” that leaves one of the album’s most enduring impressions.

And that’s just [vinyl] one.

The songs that follow maintain that same sense of sanctity, and even though the tempos are slowed and the deliberation increased, the emotional impact is equally assured. Here again, Kellogg crafts songs that beg attention through a slow build rather than initial exertion, and with “Greta Girl,” “Wolf” and “Always Gonna Want You,” that twin sense of yearning and desire resonates with every heartfelt refrain. In the liner notes Kellogg goes to great length to detail the specific circumstances surrounding the actual recording and the various locales where the sessions took place, but even so, the results carry a mostly consistent tone, one that’s somber yet assured, conveyed mostly through a whisper rather than a roar.

That the former should take precedence over the latter would seem a natural occurrence given Kellogg’s current role as solo troubadour as opposed to leader of a pack. Fortunately, his melodic sensibilities are heightened to such a degree that the Sixers are rarely missed. The ambiance and arrangements that underscore these songs keep the emotional momentum churning, even in the most subdued settings. It may seem tiresome to call this album a triumph, but that’s what it is all the same. An attentive hearing makes that somewhat apparent on the initial encounter, but with subsequent listens that conclusion is fully affirmed." 

Paste Magazine

 
 

Chris Stapleton - Traveller

Chris Stapleton - Traveller

may

5 or 6 years ago, Sheryl Crow played one of my favorite small venues in Nashville, 3rd and Lindsley, to get ready for her summer tour. Ellie and I, along with Nate Dugger and some other friends, went to the show to see her in such an intimate space. The opener was a guy none of us had heard of named Chris Stapleton. 

Honestly, the bar was incredibly chatty as he sang a solo acoustic set. There are a ton of songwriters in Nashville, folks who write for country, pop, and christian artists who might not write their own music. The only chatter was that this Chris guy was a songwriter in town who Sheryl loved. Even then though, if you could hear through the drunken bar chatter, was a singular voice. 

Traveller is probably my favorite album of the last year. I think it will be a classic, like Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey or Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger. Its a record that made with complete abandon to anything other than Chris’ vision to record his songs honestly, simply, and courageously. 

Picking a favorite song would be impossible. “Fire Away” for the sheer monstrosity of the vocal performance. “Whiskey and You” for the haunting story, space and heartache. “Traveller” for the roll your windows and throw your phone out the window vibe. And of course the incredible resurrection of George Jones, “Tennessee Whiskey” which should help anyone fall in love all over again. 

It is rare that the popular imagination and thoughtful artistry line up. The success of this album in the mainstream goes to show that you every once in while, everyone gets it right. We are honored and thankful to get to add this timeless record to the Magnolia Record Club.

- Drew

May Record of the Month - Chris Stapleton

May Record of the Month - Chris Stapleton

MAY

We are excited to feature the GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM award winning debut solo album from Chris Stapleton, "Traveller" on **DOUBLE VINYL** as our record of the month!

"On his debut solo album, Traveller, Chris Stapleton has the double axels and triple jumps down, but he delivers each with a remarkable lack of showiness, so that each on feels like much more than an exercise. Partly - mostly, maybe - this is because of his voice, which became one of Nashville's most beloved in the years he spent leading the bluegrass-based SteelDrivers and singing on albums by everyone from Dierks Bentley to Angaleena Presley to Vince Gill. Stapleton, who was raised in Kentucky, sings with the power of a classic Southern rocker, but modulates his rawness with a great sense of soul phrasing and seasoned balladeer's ability to scale down.

...

Throughout Traveller, Stapleton presents himself as a true Southern character, a family man who can't help but cling to his vices and a search whose sometimes old-fashioned dreams of home don't prevent him from wanting to roam the modern world. Has Stapleton lived all of these stories of hard luck and wild times? I hope not, for the sake of his liver and his kids' college funds. But in the imaginary space where country cliches become the gospel truth, he's utterly convincing." - NPR Music

 
 

The Lumineers - Cleopatra

The Lumineers - Cleopatra

april

In early 2012 my good friend Paul Roper gave me a burned CD with one song on it. Paul is one the owners and partners of Dualtone Records, who released our “Chasing Someday” album in 2011. They had just signed a completely no name band from Denver, Colorado, The Lumineers. They had about 500 followers on Twitter and no touring history. The song was "Ho Hey" and I called him immediately after listening in my car and said, "You have a hit!" That afternoon I tweeted, "Mark my words, The Lumineers will one day be one of your favorite bands." Neither Paul or I had any idea just how huge this band would be. 

It didn't take a genius to realize that song was going to be huge. It was perfect timing, Mumford had just hit the airwaves and The Lumineers were a more American and more mellow and sparse version of the stomp clap anthem. The best thing about them, though, is that the whole album was great, not just the single. Simple stories with great characters and narrative arc, with Wesley Schultz' youthful growl painting pictures with lyrics that transcend the usual vocabulary of pop radio.

I love everything about The Lumineers. They made it the old fashioned way and took their time with a follow up. My favorite song on the new record is the title "Cleopatra." To me it encapsulates the band, sparse but jovial production, Beatlesque short pop melody song structure. The Lumineers have the courage to keep it simple. This record has been a long time in the making, and we hope you like the limited edition white vinyl that Dualtone gave us for y'all.

Happy listening.

-Drew