Friday is Record Store Day! Here’s a look at what stores are spinning up in North Texas.

A row of record racks, full of vinyl albums

Josey Records and Music in Dallas
Photo: KXT archives

Dust off your wallets, vinyl lovers: Record Store Day is back for an encore.

Black Friday, traditionally the province of door busting deals on appliances and toys, marks the start of the holiday shopping season, and record retailers are no exception.

As always, record retailers across North Texas will be participating in the annual celebration, so here’s a peek at what several stores are doing for the big day, as well as RSD-exclusive titles they’re excited about.

Panther City Vinyl, Fort Worth

Most anticipated RSD title(s): “Probably the release I’m most excited about is Willie Nelson’s Live at Budokan,” said Dan Lightner, co-owner of Panther City Vinyl, via email. “A close runner-up is Townes Van Zandt’s At My Window 35th anniversary release.”

On-site activities: “We aren’t having any special promotions, other than opening early at 10 a.m.,” Lightner said via email.

Spinster Records, Dallas

Most anticipated RSD title(s): “For me, personally, I’m looking forward to the Watchmen motion picture soundtrack dropping, Smash Mouth’s Fush Yu Mang and the Grateful Dead’s Wembley Empire Pool, London, England 4/7/1972 (Live),” said Kate Siamro, event coordinator for Spinster Records, via email.

On-site activities: “We open at 9 a.m. and will have hot coffee and tons of new releases, said Siamro via email. “Previous RSD titles will be 50 percent off, we’ll have freshly made ‘mystery bags,’ and up to 40 percent off of selected vinyl records, record players and systems.”

Record Town, Fort Worth

Most anticipated RSD title(s): “In particular, we are excited about The Heartbreakers’ L.A.M.F. Demo Sessions,” said Bill Mecke, co-owner of Record Town, via email. “Johnny Thunders formed the Heartbreakers in 1976 after he left the New York Dolls, one of our most glorious proto-punk bands. This is the first time the tracks are on vinyl, and include four tracks with Richard Hell on bass. … Pressed on transparent magenta vinyl, this release comes with a 12-inch poster of the Roberta Bayley cover photo.”

On-site activities: “We will be opening early at 9 a.m., and will have free giveaways of albums, T-shirts, and other merchandise,” Mecke said via email. “Discounts are offered on orders over $100. We will also have water, tea and beer available.”

Preston Jones is a North Texas freelance writer and regular contributor to KXT. Email him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter (@prestonjones). Our work is made possible by our generous, music-loving members. If you like how we lift up local music, consider becoming a KXT sustaining member right here.