It was a sad day when I realized that I should have saved my vinyl record collection. Yes, I was one of those who got tired of packing up my record collection every time I moved in the 80's and '90s. CDs seemed to be so much more portable, NOT! Anyway back in 1990 something I sold all my vinyl records at a yard sale. Some nice gentleman with what seemed like a lot of cash at the time loaded up my entire collection into his trunk and drove off. I was so thrilled until about 5 years ago.

Five years ago I realized that I not only missed my records, but I also missed my record player. My '80s stereo sold at the same sale as the records. Since then I have gotten a new record player and have started collecting records again. Today, August 12th is National Vinyl Record Day so I am thinking that if you are like me it would be a good day to start building back your collection. Below is a list I created of Hudson Valley Record Stores that you can frequent until you are able to buy back every album you ever sold, gave way or worse melted into a chip bowl.

Dutchess County

Darkside Records - Poughkeepsie

Hudson Valley Vinyl - Beacon

Ulster County

Jack's Rhythms - New Paltz

Rocket Number Nine Records - Kingston

Orange County

Sound Shack Newburgh - Newburgh

Sugar Loaf Records - Chester

Other notable shops include: Rhino Records in New Paltz; John Doe Records and Books in Hudson; Spike's Record Rack in Catskill and Woodstock Music Shop in Woodstock.

Most artists currently releasing albums are offering a vinyl version. My top three must have vinyl versions are

Eric Church - 61 Days in Church

Kip Moore - SLOWHEART

Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere