BALTIMORE (WJZ)—It’s about as far from Pandora or Spotify as you can get, but the record album is in the midst of a major comeback.
Ron Matz reports here in Baltimore and across the country tomorrow there’s a celebration of the stores that sell them.
Gary Gebler opened Trax on Wax six years ago, he calls it your vinyl destination.
There’s been a boom in record album sales with lots of young people discovering something old that’s new again.
“We have a college right down the street from us. There’s a high school right down the street from us. The kids come in and it’s good to see them discovering The Beatles, Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and all the good stuff,” said Gary Gebler, Trax on Wax.
Tomorrow there’s a celebration here. The 8th annual Record Store Day with live music and limited edition album releases.
“We’ve got the White Stripes, we’ve got a David Bowie seven inch picture disc and we have box sets from The Grateful Dead and Phish,” Gebler said.
The vinyl comeback continues to spin. U.S. album sales in the first quarter of this year are up 53 percent.
Gebler says, “A new generation is coming to terms with vinyl. They want to hear the music the way it was intended to be heard. The older people are coming back to it too, some never left.”
More than 1,200 stores across the country are participating in Record Store Day tomorrow.
The celebration at Trax on Wax in Catonsville begins at 10:00 a.m.