Repost: New vinyl pressing plant will be an immersive food, music and cocktail experience
- June 19, 2020 -
Last summer, Mackensy Lunsford of the Asheville Citizen-Times wrote a comprehensive piece about the Citizen Vinyl project. You can read the entire article here.
June 21, 2019. ASHEVILLE — “Synergy” is a word that comes to Gar Ragland’s mind often as he talks about his proposed project, tentatively named AVL-Vinyl.
Ragland, a North Carolina-born music producer, president and CEO of NewSong music, and the Board Chair of the Asheville Area Arts Council, plans to build a vinyl pressing plant in the Asheville Citizen Times building, taking over nearly 10,000 square feet of the ground floor.
The Asheville Citizen Times newspaper staff moved back to the second floor of the historic building this week.
“We aspire to be one of the country’s leading manufacturers of high-quality vinyl,” Ragland said. “And as we started to put that model together, we realized that Asheville offers a special, unique opportunity, driven by both the homegrown love of music and craft here — as well as the 12 million tourists who come here seeking that here in our town.”
Informed by the city’s ethos, Ragland saw an opportunity to create something more than “just” a manufacturing facility, he said: an immersive music experience, part record plant, part independent record store, part music cafe and bar, where people can listen to and buy records, sip coffee and craft cocktails and eat world-class food.
Citizen Vinyl featured in The Bluegrass Situation & #ComeHearNC Month Long Celebration
- November 12, 2020 -
BGS & #COMEHEARNC CELEBRATE THE CULTURAL LEGACY OF NORTH CAROLINA DURING #NCMUSICMONTH We are delighted to be a part of this initiative spearheaded by the North Carolina Arts Council, Come Hear NC, and The Bluegrass Situation to celebrate North Carolina music throughout the month of… View Article
REPOST: More Than Music; Gar Ragland’s Op-Ed for Capital at Play Magazine
- November 1, 2020 -
Our founder and CEO, Gar Ragland, contributed a heartfelt letter to Capital At Play Magazine’s November Music Issue, to share what the Citizen Vinyl project means to him and what he hopes it will be contribute to the Asheville community. You can read the full… View Article
REPOST: For Vinyl Citizens; Citizen Vinyl Launches in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Thanks to Asheville based music writer Bill Kopp’s excellent feature on Citizen Vinyl for Goldmine Magazine. The three page spread originally ran in their November print issue, but you can read an excerpt on Bill’s personal blog, Musoscribe, here. Truly Fine Citizen: Citizen Vinyl Launches… View Article
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