Nashville is currently experiencing its largest growth period since I moved here about 15 years ago. One of the areas in which Nashville is growing quietly is in vinyl record production. Local business United Record Pressing is the largest vinyl producer in the U.S. and next year will increase capacity to 60,000 records per day.
The Guardian recently wrote an article about Nashville’s vinyl boom titled Nostalgia pays in Nashville as rocketing record sales make it the capital of vinyl. I found this part of the article fairly interesting:
It’s understandable that Nashville analogue audiophiles such as Jack White or Black Keys would want their music pressed but now even mainstream pop artists such as Taylor Swift and Beyoncé want their music available in LP format. Demand is so great that production time has doubled to 12 weeks, and record companies now won’t schedule a release date until they know they can get the vinyl.
Who would have thought vinyl would be one of the biggest growth areas of the music industry circa 2014? As someone who enjoys the experience of music, I’m finding it fun to get into vinyl again after so many years of CDs and digital music.