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The Record Exchange buys and trades used CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and vinyl in good condition Monday-Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday until 6 p.m.


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Visit The Record Exchange's Amazon Marketplace store to shop for rare and discount CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books. Live in Boise? Order online and arrange for in-store pickup!


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Pono is here! The Record Exchange is now carrying the PonoPlayer, a high-resolution digital music player created with the intent of providing a higher quality digital listening experience.


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band photoJonathan Warren and the Billy Goats will perform a special album release party preview in-store at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). The band is holding a release party on Friday, Nov. 13, at Visual Arts Collective and we have tickets for sale at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats’ new album Bless My Soul will be available for purchase at the in-store. Get your tickets to the official album release show at the in-store and save money on service fees!


bless-my-soul-cd-coverJonathan Warren and the Billy Goats – comprised of Jonathan Warren (guitar, upright bass, vocals), Dave Sather-Smith (cello, guitar, vocals) and Austin Clark (violin, guitar,vocals) – step it up a notch on their fourth full-length, Bless My Soul, an eight-track collection of folk and bluegrass the band has dubbed “progressive psychobilly folk-grass.”

Following up their three previous records – 2010’s You Just Relax Honey, 2011’s A Little Something Stronger Than Wine and 2013’s On This Very EveningBless My Soul showcases a band that is both rustic and forward-thinking, blending the traditions of Appalachian bluegrass with a big city twist.

Recorded over a year’s time, Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats took their time on this record; whereas records in the past had deadlines, Bless My Soul was made organically, with no rushing or cut-off dates, giving the band ample time to finish what they started, the way they wanted to.

“Our last record, we recorded it in three days. Our first record, it took a few months,” recalls front man Jonathan Warren. “However, with Bless My Soul, we took over a year recording it. We used a more methodical approach. I had a vision for the album and stayed true to that vision; that included electric guitar and keyboard. Less was left up to ‘the moment.’”

Starting with “Quite Like You Lady,” Bless My Soul opens with a keyboard-drenched, soul-tinted Americana number that eases you into the rich textures of the album. Soon slipping into “Concrete,” the band picks it up, delivering a toe-tapping, danceable song that melds their Americana leanings with their subtle folk heritage.

On the slower, meditative bluegrass of “Rest My Head,” the band delivers melody with relaxation. On the title track — and album’s first single — folk-grass comes alive, as both genres come together beautifully to create a slice of rustic nostalgia.

“Be There For Me” drives home the bluegrass influences, while “Down The Line” ends with a bang, reinforcing the band’s self-described “progressive psychobilly folk-grass” sound.

While Warren and the band didn’t envision the record would take over a year to record, Warren was quite pleased at his patience — and the results — of Bless My Soul.

“We did not have a deadline and as a result weren’t forced to rush the process of any songs. We had time to make sure the finished product was something we were completely satisfied with,” he says. “But, I would never have guessed I had the patience to endure a year-long recording process. I’m glad I did, though.”

When asked what his overall feeling is about the record, Warren is quick to state, “This record is a refreshing oasis of honest, soulful music. The lyrics and music fit organically; when writing most of the songs, the lyrics and melodies came simultaneously to me. I ended up recording what I had originally sang into my phone, the lyrics and the melody, and didn’t change a thing for the final album.”

Warren’s commitment to staying organic and going with his original ideas helped ensure the album was genuine and heartfelt; hinging from dark and dirty to angelic, from summertime love to the loneliness of winter. Telling tales of love found, love lost and everything in between.

Part of the organic process was recording this record straight to 8-track tape, something Warren is very proud of.

“It was a pure joy,” he says of recording to 8-track tape. “The recording sounds warm and organic. I couldn’t be happier with it.”

“I always strive to record an album where every song can stand on its own and there are no filler songs,” states Warren. “I believe we did this with Bless My Soul. This album shows our maturation as a band and reflects the knowledge we have gained through our mistakes in previous recording experiences.”

The end result is a record that will remind you of the hum of your grandmother’s kitchen, the ripple of the Tennessee River, and the creaky front gate that takes your breath away and makes you say “bless my soul.”


7B7C3591_2Belinda Bowler will perform a special album release party preview in-store at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6pm First Thursday, Nov. 5. Enjoy free Payette Brewing Co. beer and purchase Bowler’s new album “Trumpet Vine”! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Belinda Bowler’s official album release party is Thursday, Nov. 12 at the El Korah Shrine, 1118 W. Idaho St.


BINDYTYPEFINALCROPBelinda Bowler began her singing career in elementary school. When she was in the fifth grade, her plan to play guitar and sing for her class lured the principal out of his office and into the classroom to watch the performance. She didn’t understand the look on his face until later, when her sister explained to her the real meaning of House of the Rising Sun. She has been singing ever since, in clubs, concerts, overseas and as a teacher in her own elementary classroom.

Now, for the first time in 20 years she has a recorded a new CD. It is a mix of songs she loves to sing, written by favorite songwriters that speak to life’s journey of love, loss, wonder, and healing. With the help of her producer and engineer Rich Brotherton and other talented friends this CD, called Trumpet Vine, is ready to be shared.