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Record Store Day release to mark Bare’s 60th anniversary

Lawrence County native Bobby Bare is celebrating six decades as a recording artist this year and, on Saturday, a special edition of his latest album will be released.

A limited quantity release of his “Things Change” LP, pressed on 180g white vinyl, will be made available to stores participating in the event.

The packaging includes a collection of vintage photo prints and lithographs.

Record Store Day is an annual event, launched in 2007, to celebrate independent record stores, which had faced financial difficulties in the face of chain stores, online sales and streaming services.

A number of albums from participating artists are pressed each year and sold exclusively for the event. More information and participating stores can be found at www.recordstoreday.com.

In addition to the vinyl release, Bare’s diamond anniversary is also being marked by clothing company HBarC Ranchwear, which has created a custom western shirt line in honor of Bare. These shirts are available at www.hbarc.com.

Bare, 83, was born in Pedro. He wrote and recorded his first single, “American Boy” in 1958. He has since amassed more than fifty songs in the top 40 country charts and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He is set for a return visit to the region next week, when he plays at Shawnee State University as part of a benefit concert for the Portsmouth floodwall murals project on Friday, April 27