MUSIC BOX: Vinyl Vivacity

By on October 6, 2015

The Rose hosts weekly vinyl night; Andy Hackbarth at the Colonial

Head to The Rose for a record revival Wednesday, then take a field trip to IF for the sounds of Andy Hackbarth Band Saturday.

Head to The Rose for a record revival Wednesday, then take a field trip to IF for the sounds of Andy Hackbarth Band Saturday.

Jackson, WY – A long with reel-to-reel audio tape recording, FM radio and better amplifier designs, the advent of the 33 1/3 rpm long play microgroove vinyl record was a major improvement to home audio quality. Lower surface noise and attention to frequency response made high fidelity the next biggest gem to marketing gurus and audiophiles.

Here we are more than 65 years later and enthusiasts are returning to hi-fi as a source for the most organic listening experience. The Rose’s Vinyl Night taps into this niche. Every Wednesday, you can show up with your own vinyl and the first drink is complementary. Drop the needle and share part of your collection with bargoers.

The subculture of vinyl record collecting never burned out, but it did fade away in the 1980s and was held at bay during the digital revolution of the 1990s before entering a semi-mainstream resurgence period in the last several years. Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks record sales, reported that vinyl sales have been rising sharply each year since 2007, also the same year of the first Record Store Day. In 2014, vinyl sales had a peak increase of 54 percent.

Even most non-audiophiles will agree there’s little comparison between the quality of listening when matching up MP3s versus vinyl. MP3s sure are convenient, but the lack of depth is lifeless in comparison. Vinyl versus high-quality digital comes down to subjectiveness. To this collector, vinyl has an unparalleled texture and richness that develops from the physicality of a needle in a groove, and begs for a more intimate experience. It’s a ritualistic medium.

Here’s a chance to get together with your like-minded vinyl family. Bust out the masterpieces!

Vinyl Night, 9 p.m., Wednesdays at The Rose. Free. PinkGarterTheatre.com, 733-1500.

Pop-folk meets Flamenco

Hailed as a classical and flamenco virtuoso guitarist in his early 20s, pop-folk singer songwriter Andy Hackbarth embraces a Jason Mraz meets Rodrigo y Gabriella vibe. He puts mainstream country elements of Nashville on the back burner. He left his parents’ llama ranch in Colorado for Nashville in 2006, honing his songwriting skills. And it paid off. Not only did he co-found the nonprofit, Songs for the Cure, he was a finalist in three major international competitions including the Billboard Songwriting Competition, and received a “Denver Songwriter of the Year” nomination via Denver Westword Magazine. His song, “We Ain’t Done Yet,” was featured by Major League Baseball during the World Series and aired on more than 40 major radio stations in the West.

“You don’t realize how much you have to learn until you move to Nashville,” Hackbarth said. “Truly great songs are so rare. It’s the best feeling in the world to know that you’ve written a song in which every word counts, one that forces everyone who hears it to stop, really listen and look at the world in a completely different way.”

And Hackbarth has a seemingly tailor-made, shiny sound for mainstream radio and his forthcoming seven-song album “Panorama Motel” (due Oct. 7) is further evidence of that. Hackbarth (vocals, guitar, keys) stages a six-piece band also featuring lead guitar, bass, two violins, drums and harmony vocals.

Andy Hackbarth Band, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Colonial Theatre in Idaho Falls. All-ages. $30-$35. IdahoFallsArts.org.  PJH

Aaron Davis is an award-winning singer-songwriter, trout whisperer, multi-instrumentalist, frontman for bands Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, and founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley.

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About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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