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Ray Routhier

Portland Press Herald staff writer Ray Routhier will try anything. Once. During 20 years at the Press Herald he’s been equally attracted to stories that are unusually quirky and seemingly mundane. He’s taken rides on garbage trucks, sought out the mother of two rock stars, dug clams, raked blueberries, and spent time with the family of bedridden man who finds strength in music. Nothing too dangerous mind you, just adventurous enough to find the stories of real Mainers doing real cool things.

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Posted: April 12, 2016

Record Store Day brings Graham Nash to the Scarborough Bull Moose store Saturday for autograph signing

Written by: Ray Routhier
Graham Nash

Graham Nash Photo by Amy Grantham

Mainers will get the chance to spend Record Store Day with a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Graham Nash will be signing copies of his new album, “This Path Tonight,” at the Scarborough Bull Moose store, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. He’ll also be celebrating a special Record Store Day release of a 7-inch record with versions of the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young hits “Teach Your Children” and “Our House.”

Nash, 74, is actually a two-time hall of fame inductee. He’s in as a member of the mid-’60s pop group The Hollies, and as a member of the groundbreaking folk-rock super group that included David Crosby, Stephen Stills and sometimes Neil Young.

“I believe that everyone involved in the music industry is an important link between the musicians and their audience, that includes your local mom and pop stores. They need support just like the rest of us do,” Nash said in a written statement explaining why he wanted to celebrate Record Store Day in Maine.

Record Store Day, in its 9th year, has grown to a worldwide celebration of music and independent record stores. The focus is on hundreds of special releases, on vinyl records and on events like the Nash autograph signing or live musical performances. This year about 2,300 stores around the world are scheduled to participate in some way.

Besides hosting Nash, Bull Moose will also have live performances in at least two of its stores Saturday. Singer-songwriter Chris Ross will perform in Bangor at 4 p.m. and the indie-pop band Armies will play the Portland store at a time to be determined.

Record Store Day is a big deal for the Bull Moose stores because the chain’s CFO, Chris Brown, came up with the idea and pitched it to others in the industry.

Brown said the fact that the Scarborough store is hosting someone of Nash’s status is an example of how Record Store Day has become “more than I ever expected it would.” He said major artists have proven to be “super enthusiastic” about Record Store Day, including Nash.

“It’s become a really fun excuse for artists to meet their fans in a relaxed atmosphere,” Brown said.

This year’s Record Store Day releases are incredibly wide-ranging in terms of style, artists and format. There is a collection, for instance, called “Jazz Dispensary: Cosmic Stash” that features ’70s jazz tracks sampled by hip hop artists on transparent colored vinyl discs. There’s a collection of pop music from Cambodia, and a collection of psychedelic rock from Britain.

Major artists either attending an event or releasing special material include Bob Dylan, Metallica, The Doors, Tom Petty, Phish, Mumford & Sons and The Ramones.

A list of releases, as well as stores in Maine participating on Saturday, can be found on the Record Store Day website: recordstoreday.com.


GRAHAM NASH IN MAINE FOR RECORD STORE DAY

WHAT: Nash signs copies of his new album “This Path Tonight.” He’ll also celebrate the special Record Store Day release of a bonus 7-inch record of the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young hits “Our House” and “Teach Your Children.”
WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Bull Moose, 456 Payne Road, Scarborough
HOW MUCH: Free
INFO: bullmoose.com


RECORD STORE DAY PERFORMANCES
Also on Saturday, Bull Moose is staging live performances by local musicians at some of its other stores:
Bangor, 683 Hogan Road: Singer-songwriter Chris Ross at 4 p.m.
Portland, 151 Middle St.: Indie-pop band Armies, time to be determined.


FOR MORE about Record Store Day at Bull Moose go to Facebook: Bull Moose Stores. For more on Record Store Day releases and participating stores, go to recordstoreday.com.


BULL MOOSE is also hosting a Record Store Day preview party at Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland, at 8 p.m. Friday. The 21-plus event will offer an opportunity to listen to some of the hundreds of special Record Store Day releases that will be in stores nationally on Saturday. There will be a cash bar but admission is free.


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