ASHEVILLE – Cheap beer, live music and records. That’s the promise of American Vinyl Co.’s new South Slope space, which also houses an audio museum and the company’s core product: the production of custom vinyl records for professional musicians and the general public.
American Vinyl was created in 2016 by Ryan Schilling as a custom vinyl record cutting service. This year, the business has grown from a quaint studio to a nearly 5,000 square foot warehouse on lower Coxe Avenue.
The extra space is not wasted, according to a press release from Schilling. The location has a newly built bar of 1930s radios, behind which you’ll find a rotating selection of local and affordable beers.
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There’s also a selection of used vinyls and an intimate new soundstage, which hosts live music presented by the Lonesome Station Music Series. You can even order your own personalized disc while you drink your beer.
“American Vinyl can also help artists with their short-term vinyl, record pressing or recording,” Schilling said.
The vinyl maker is also aiming to make record production more accessible by offering a service called Vinyl To Go, which allows customers to choose from a list of songs pre-recorded by local and regional artists. The engineers then squeeze a 7-inch disc on the spot.
“We built the space to be a playground for music and vinyl,” said Schilling. “Making the media more interactive was our goal. “
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American Vinyl can handle traditional record production and non-traditional recording, including wedding vows, podcasts, poetry, storytelling, and more. With the American Sound Truck, guests can sing into a vintage microphone and go out with a record.
Learn more at the American Vinyl Co. grand opening on July 10, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event includes free live recording sessions on vinyl in the American Sound Truck from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
American Vinyl Co. is located at 217 Coxe Ave., Suite C, above the Open Hearts Art Center. More information on americanvinylco.com.
Mackensy Lunsford has lived in Asheville for over 20 years and has been an editor for the Asheville Citizen Times since 2012. Lunsford is a former professional cook and former restaurant owner.
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