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Truly Fine Citizen: Citizen Vinyl Launches in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Part Two)

Continued from Part One … Ragland’s facility is set up to provide full, turnkey service. Some tasks are subcontracted – sleeve printing, and electroplating (the latter to be done at top-rated companies like Nashville’s Welcome to 1979 Industries) – but Citizen Vinyl customers have a single point of contact. “We’ll be the first person that

Truly Fine Citizen: Citizen Vinyl Launches in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Part One)

The heyday of vinyl records – the so-called “album era” – spanned from 1964 to the mid ‘90s. But the advent of CDs and then the internet seemed to spell the end for the cherished format. In 1993 vinyl album sales in the United States had dropped to their lowest-ever point, with only about 300,000

Gar Ragland: Combining Commerce and Creativity (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two… Studio Serendipity “Even in college, I was hopeful that I would be able to make a living in music,” Ragland says. “I’ve always had aspirations of trying to make a living as a creative person. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that I’m doing what I’m doing now. What’s more

Gar Ragland: Combining Commerce and Creativity (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… A New Song At the same time, parts of his past were calling him. “Having grown up in Winston-Salem, Boston was far away from home,” Ragland says. His family did have roots a bit closer, with a small family farm in rural West Virginia near the New River Gorge. “It’s been

Gar Ragland: Combining Commerce and Creativity (Part One)

Gar Ragland is deeply immersed in multiple endeavors that skillfully combine commerce and creativity. The ripple effects of his efforts are often far-reaching, providing tangible encouragement and assistance to rising musical talents. Some of his projects are high-profile, while others are understated, even under wraps. And though his career path has had its share of