Road to Loudwire Music Festival, Day Five: United Record Pressing + Third Man Records
The inaugural edition of Loudwire Music Festival is set for June 26-28, 2015, at Grand Junction, Colorado. Ahead of the fest, we’re hitting the road in a 2016 Kia Sorento, traveling the states and finding new adventures as we make our way from New York City to Grand Junction. Where will we go? What will we see? Who will we run into? Follow along right here at Loudwire to find out, and make sure to keep an eye on #RoadToLoudwire on Twitter and Instagram.
What better way to spend a Friday than hanging out in Nashville? How about hanging out in Nashville while being immersed in the world of vinyl!
As Steve and I recovered from yesterday's 600-mile drive from Richmond to Music City (June 18), we decided to do just that today. Our first stop? United Record Pressing, the biggest vinyl plant in the United States.
If you're even the slightest fan of music -- and we're guessing you are -- then the tour of United Record is a must if you find yourself in Nashville. Led by an employee of the plant, the tour dives into United Record's rich history (it's been in operation since 1949) and the record-making process. While we couldn't snap photos of the actual, massive presses in action, we did get to see several records being cut, including Pearl Jam's Vitalogy and Foo Fighters' Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. We also learned that United Record presses 40,000 albums a day, and is in operation six days a week.
Needless to say, we loved every second of the tour. But that was just the beginning of the day.
About a mile from United Record is Third Man Records, the storefront for Jack White's label. After wrapping things up with the tour, Steve and I jumped in the Sorento and headed to Third Man -- a Willy Wonka-esque record store full of TMR and Jack White goodies, from vinyl and T-shirts to record players and bandannas. You don't necessarily go to Third Man to "dig" for records; you go to see what White has been cooking up with his label. And on this trip, we had the chance to experience the recent expansion of the shop, nearly doubling its original size from just a few months ago.
With the Sorento a little heavier thanks to us buying more records, we hit the road to head north to Indianapolis. We've been on the road for just a few days now, but we're consistently impressed with the Sorento's ride; it's crazy smooth, even in torrential downpour, and the Clari-Fi sound system is the absolute best way to listen to our daily Spotify playlists (check out today's below).
When we rolled into Indy, we decided to give the car a rest for a few minutes while we checked out one of the local record shops. In fact, the joint we visited, Karma Records, is the oldest record store in Indy, opening its doors on April 2, 1970. They had a wide variety of discs, including tons of leftovers from this year's Record Store Day.
To wrap up the day's events, we grabbed some grub at a local food truck, Beast. Specializing in burgers -- really, really good burgers -- Beast was the perfect way to call it a day. Burgers, fries and mac and cheese ... does it get better?!
Saturday morning, Steve and I are going to wake up early (hopefully!) and head further north to the land of Detroit. Stay tuned for more adventures from us and our Sorento on the Road to Loudwire!
Road to Loudwire, Day Five -- Playlist
Above: Our #RoadToLoudwire Daily Playlist on Kia’s UVO 8" LCD Touch Screen.