Acclaimed US country music star Kacey Musgraves is coming toBillericay's Slipped Discs this Saturday (April 20) as part of Record Store Day2013.
Special events are taking place across the country for theannual celebration of independent record shops with a number of Essex storestaking part and stocking vinyl releases only available on the day.
Kacey Musgraves' 30 minute set at Slipped Discs inBillericay High Street at 4pm is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the day, withthe 24-year-old getting critical acclaim for her mixture of traditional song formswith controversial subject matter.
Elsewhere in Essex, Intense Records in Viaduct Road,Chelmsford, is hosting a day of performances from DJs and artists from 10am-6pmwith competitions, giveaways and a raffle. Expect a day of top dance tunestaking in house, garage, techno, drum 'n' bass and dubstep; full details on theFacebook event page.
Other Essex shops taking part in Record Store Day includeAdrian's of Wickford, Blast in Braintree, Crazy Beat in Upminster and Fives inLeigh-on-Sea but you can find a full list of participating stores at http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk
Record Store Day came about in 2007 when more than 700independent US stores took part and the celebration soon caught on in the UK,gaining momentum with the vinyl revival of recent years.
Special vinyl and CD releases are available exclusively atstores on the day, instantly becoming collectors' items. These are listed onthe official website.
Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, who grew up inColchester, said: "I think independent record shops will outlive the musicindustry as we know it because long term their value to people is far greater,because in our era of file-sharing and blogs, you can't replace the actual lookon someone's face when they are playing something they really rate and thinkyou should listen to it too. It's special."