Last week, North Texas-based vinyl pressing plant Hand Drawn Pressing announced the manufacturing of its first 2017 Record Store Day (RSD) Exclusive in the form of a limited edition vinyl by Dallas bred American alt-country band Old 97’s. Available in record stores nationwide on Saturday, April 22, the exclusive vinyl will be released by the act’s label ATO Records. Featuring two unreleased B-sides from the sessions of their new 2017 album “Graveyard Whistling,” the limited edition 12” EP titled “Off My Mynd,” features two tracks pressed to wax at Hand Drawn’s new state-of-the-art vinyl pressing facility. Listen to “Off My Mynd” and “Terlingua” this April on Side A of an opaque white vinyl with the band’s logo etched on Side B.
“We are big fans of Old 97’s, so when we heard we had the opportunity to press their record, we were pumped!” said Hand Drawn Pressing’s CCO Dustin Blocker. “The vinyl came out great, very proud of this one.”
Fresh off the heels of this RSD announcement, Hand Drawn started manufacturing on Dallas-based alt-country super group the Texas Gentlemen’s debut album “Outta the Blues” on vinyl. With artwork designed by local artist Matt Cliff, each limited edition copy will be hand-numbered and signed by Cliff himself. The title track, “Outta the Blues” was written the night of the 2016 election by Texas Gentlemen member Daniel Creamer, and recorded by Creamer and Bedford at Dallas’ Modern Electric Sound Recorders the following day.
Texas Gentlemen ‘Outta the Blues’ Cover Art
“Thanks to HDR, local is going national! We feel lucky to have Hand Drawn Records and their new vinyl machines in our backyard,” said Beau Bedford. “The Texas Gentlemen are proud to partner up with HDR for our limited edition 45 RPM debut release.”
A match made in local music heaven, the new four song 45 RPM will feature two tracks recorded specially for Hand Drawn Records’ new “Analog Sessions: Vol. 2” vinyl. Vol. 2 features 11 cover songs recorded by North Texas’ top talent, including the Texas Gentlemen, Vincent Neil Emerson, Wesley Geiger, Cut Throat Finches, Andrew Tinker, Luke Wade, War Party and more.
“It was amazing to be in the moment with Daniel as we were able to capture the raw emotion he, along with so many others, was experiencing that day,” said Bedford. “Music is about communication of emotion through sound, and art is about revealing the deeper layers of truth in the artists’ spirit and mind.”
Catch the Texas Gentlemen on stage and purchase a copy of their debut album on vinyl Saturday, April 22 at the 10th Annual Record Store Day & Good Records 17th Anniversary Party from 7 a.m. to midnight.
“We are super excited to finally release ‘Analog Sessions, Vol. 2,’ exclusively on 180 gram audiophile-approved vinyl!” said Blocker. “Made with a lot of love and help from our friends around Dallas & Fort Worth (Modern Electric Sound Recorders, Big Acre Sound, Kirtland Records, Good Records Recordings and Dreamy Life Records), this is one of our most exciting collaborative compilations to-date!”
However, if you’re eager to get your hands on it, you won’t find “Analog Sessions Vol. 2” in stores. Instead, the vinyl will only be available at special events such as the recently announced Do214 Pop-Up Record Shop on Saturday, April 22 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Off The Record in Deep Ellum. Sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, Deep Ellum Brewery, Club Dada/Off The Record and Hand Drawn Records, the event will continue a weekend of vinyl record love by offering related vendors on-site from 5 to 10 p.m. with DJ sets by DJ Sober, Tyrone Smiley and PICNICTYME until close.
“It’s truly a treat to give the gift of vinyl, so we are elated to partner with Hand Drawn Records to surprise our fans with their Analog Sessions: Vol. 2,” said Stephanie Wallace, General Manager at Do214. “What better way than to close out a day of local, music, records and shopping than with a party?! Even better, it’s free to everyone thanks to our rad partners & our friends at Off the Record.”