Record Store Day is happening on April 21, 2018! The day is known as a special celebration for all of the the independent record store owners and employees to help spread the word about the unique culture surrounding their stores and communities. Special vinyl and album releases are made exclusively for Record Store Day and sold at in-store events. Festivities include performances, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJ’s spinning vinyl and much more. Below is a list of the Ernie Ball family of artists participating in Record Store Day this year. Find your participating local record store venue here.

Led Zeppelin

Legendary Ernie Ball artists Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin will be releasing a highly anticipated Record Store Day title featuring two previously unreleased tracks, both produced by Jimmy Page. This single includes a Sunset Sound Mix of Led Zeppelin IV’s “Rock and Roll” and “Friends”.

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett will be releasing A Sea of Split Peas – a collection of her two EPs “I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris” and “How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose.” The 2014 Double EP features popular songs like”Avant Gardener” and “History Eraser” plus 10 more original tracks that define her signature writing style and sound.

Ernie Ball released a String Theory with Courtney Barnett to discuss her music inspirations and why she’s always played with Ernie Ball strings. Watch the film below.

Mac DeMarco

It’s only natural that Ernie Ball artist Mac DeMarco will be participating in Record Store Day with never-before-released demos, instrumentals and an unreleased B-side.

Check out Mac DeMarco’s Ernie Ball String Theory episode below to hear all about what inspires him as an artist and his journey to creating his unique playing style and tone.


Punk legends the Descendents, known for classic albums like Milo Goes To College and Everything Sucks, are releasing the vinyl version of their new single “Who We Are” as a three song 7″ with two previously unreleased tracks.

Stephen Egerton of the Descendents talks about his Ernie Ball Paradigm guitar strings, and why it’s so important for him to have strings that can hold up to his intense playing. Watch the film below.

Ernie Ball Artists Participating

AC/DC – Back In Black – Cassette
Awolnation – Live in Vienna – 7″ Vinyl
Courtney Barnett – City Looks Pretty/”Sunday Roast” – 12″ Vinyl
Courtney Barnett – The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas – LP Picture Disc
Jeff Beck – Truth – LP
The Black Lips & The Khan Family – Play Safe – 12″ Vinyl
Blitzen Trapper – Kids Album! – 10″ Vinyl
Blue Oyster Cult – Rarities Vol. 2 – 2 x LP
Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy (Mirror To Mirror) – 2 x LP
Eric Church – 61 Days In Church – Covers – LP
Eric Clapton – Rush (Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – LP
Eric Clapton – Complete Clapton – 4 x LP
Elvis Costello – Someone Else’s Heart – 7″ Vinyl
Robert Smith (The Cure) – Mixed Up – 2 x LP
Robert Smith (The Cure) – Torn Down (Mixed Up Extra) – 2 x LP Picture Disc
Mac DeMarco – Old Dog Demos – LP
Mac DeMarco/Shamir – Beat Happening Covers – 7″ Vinyl
Def Leppard – Live at Abbey Road – 12″ Vinyl Single
Descendents – Who We Are – 7″ Vinyl
Robby Krieger (The Doors) – The Matrix Part II – LP
Duran Duran – Thanksgiving Live – 2 x LP
Duran Duran – Duran Duran Budokan – LP
Evanescence – Lost Whispers – LP
Noah Gunderson – Selections from White Noise Live From KEXP 90.3 FM – September 22 – 10″ Vinyl
Albert Hammond, Jr. – Etchings From Francis Trouble – 10″ Vinyl
Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock & His LA Squires – 7″ Vinyl
Elton John Vs Pnau – Good Morning To The Night – LP
Jimmy Page & Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) – Friends/”Rock And Roll” – 7″ Vinyl
Linkin Park – One More Light Live – 2 x LP
Phoenix – Monologue – 7″ Vinyl
Quicksand – Triptych Continuum – 12″ Vinyl – WALTER only
Rage Against The Machine – Live At The Democratic National Convention 2000 – LP
The Regrettes/The Distillers – Side By Side – 7″ Vinyl
Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones) – Their Satanic Majesties Request – LP
Soundgarden – A-Sides – 2 x LP
Sugar Ray – Fly 20th Anniversary – 7″ Vinyl
Teenage Bottlerocket – Warning Device (10th Anniversary Edition) – LP
Tennis System – P A I N – LP
The Voidz – Qyurruys b/w “Coul As A Ghoul” – 7″ Vinyl
Whitesnake – 1987 (30th Anniversary Edition) – LP Picture Disc
Pete Townshend (The Who) – The Kids Are Alright – 2 x LP
Frank Zappa – Lumpy Gravy b/w Primordial – LP

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