April 20 is National Record Store Day, an event meant to celebrate independent record stores throughout the country, including several in North Texas.

National Record Store Day was first held in 2007 and typically takes place on the third Saturday of the month.

Every year, several artists are selected to act as ambassadors for National Record Store Day. This year’s artists are Paramore and Kate Bush.

Sam Wieland, manager of Josey Records in Plano, said the first National Record Store Day was a predecessor to the resurgence of popularity vinyl records have recently received.

Wieland said the event not only helps independent record stores, but also helps consumers find new music they might not have found otherwise.

“There is a lot of power in the tangibility of stuff,” Wieland said. “It’s a little bit of the adage ‘you eat with your eyes first.’ Certain album covers can tickle your brain in a very specific way, and it is much easier to discover that sort of thing when you’re holding it.”

As part of the event, Paramore is partnering with artist David Bryne for a special release.

North Texans looking to check out the event have several record stores to choose from. The following list is not comprehensive.

Josey Records in Plano
  • Sells new and collectible records and other media
  • 6940 Coit Road, Ste. 202, Plano
  • www.joseyrecords.com
Red Zeppelin Records in McKinneyNorth Texas Vinyl located in Painted Trees Marketplace in FriscoNorth Texas Vinyl located in Painted Trees Marketplace in Highland ParkCounty Line Records in KellerSpinster Records in Dallas