Celebrating Record Store Day 2023 in Lexington, KY

Get prepared to snag those Record Store Day vinyl releases you’ve been eyeing.

The front of record store CD Central.

CD Central on South Limestone is one of three stores participating in Record Store Day. | Photo by LEXtoday

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Hey y’all, it’s City Editor Aayat and after years of working behind the counter, I’m here to give our newbie and veteran audiophiles the scoop on all things Record Store Day, which takes place Saturday, April 22.

Whether you’re a Swiftie eyeing the new “folklore: the long pond studio sessions,” LP or a Deadhead eager to relive the glory days of the Grateful Dead, we’re here to give you guidance on how to have a great Record Store Day.

What is Record Store Day?

Record Store Day occurs two times a year: once in the spring and again during Black Friday. Both times, musicians release limited copies of specific albums on vinyl. While some prints may get re-released in the future, once they’re gone, they’re gone.

The inside of a record store with a sign that says "Support Your Local Independent Music Store."

Record Store Day includes exclusive releases from a variety of artists. | Photo by LEXtoday

Do your homework

In Lexington, we have three stores that participate in Record Store Day:

Vinyl collectors are among the most dedicated, so my first tip is to have an idea of what you want before entering the record store.
Second, long lines are inevitable (I’ve seen people start lining up in the wee hours of the morning), so I also recommend grabbing your favorite breakfast + coffee and dress appropriately for the weather.

Lastly, remember that just because it’s on the Record Store Day list, does not guarantee a store will have received it. This event is fun, but competitive, and stores cannot promise that they will have a copy of each release. However, call ahead and your friendly record store clerk can give you an idea of what to expect.

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