AN internationally-renowned music producer is set to stage a Burnley music shop’s first gig in 100 years.
Ethan Johns, who made his name overseeing albums by the Kings Of Leon, The Vaccines and Ray La Montagne, is a singer-songwriter in his own right.
And to celebrate the completion of his second album he’s embarking on a tour of independent music stores including Burnley’s Electron Records.
Veteran owner Les Baxter, who has been involved with the shop since 1955, said that the call from Johns’ agents came ‘out of the blue’.
But after a nudge from his son, Baxter Rhodes, Les agreed to create a little bit of history at his Hall Street base.
He said: “We will have to move some of the displays around so we can create a proper venue for him. We’ve never done anything like this before so it will be a kind of experiment for us and we’ll see how it goes.
“When I got the call my son said it was something we should definitely do because he knew all about him and wanted to play with him, if he could.
“We’ve been here since 1955 but there has been a record shop here from around 1912.”
Johns, who won a Brit award for the Best British Producer 2012, is releasing a solo effort, ‘If Not Now Then When’. He is scheduled to arrive in Burnley on November 20 and the intimate gig starts at 7pm.
Speaking ahead of his visit, he said: “I'm doing this tour primarily because visiting local record stores is still one of my favourite things to do.
“I'm looking forward to meeting people who have as deep a love for records as I do. I buy vinyl when I can because it's a deeper listening experience.”