Pops Celebrates Record Store Day with “The Record Store”
New Album, Highroller, Out Soon
Virginia Beach, Virginia – November 14, 2018 – It is ironic how the fear of the end makes certain people begin. When Spencer “Pops” Byrn was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, he decided it was time to do what he always wanted to do… he started writing songs. Three months later those songs became Never Too Late, his debut album released in the spring of 2015. Recorded between radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Byrn can hardly listen to that album now. “It smells like chemo” he says. Four years later (and four years into remission), Pops is releasing his third album Highroller, led by a remarkable new single ‘The Record Store’.
Fittingly dropping on Record Store Day, November 23rd, “The Record Store” is straightforward classic rock. Pops channels some old familiar friends in a trippy stroll down the aisles of his favorite record store, circa 1973. It’s a trip worth taking.
On the album’s second single, “I Need a Beer,” Pops professes his love for the amber brew in a rollicking romp that would make Lynyrd Skynyrd proud. Continuing the vibe of his first two records (second album Another Big Mess released in 2016), Pops nimbly bobs and weaves his way through rock, blues, and southern swing with an amazing lyrical flair.
Several songs from Another Big Mess received considerable airplay in Pops’ native Virginia, notably the party anthem “Party Down,” the Chuck Berry-style rocker “Full Moon Night” and the country-tinged “Lemonade.” Fans of Paul Shugrue’s Out of the Box show on WHRO-FM in Norfolk and WVTF-FM in Charlottesville are familiar with Pops. Now he looks to broaden his airwaves reach with “The Record Store,” which would be the perfect addition to playlists not only on Record Store Day, but all year round. As Pops says, “Whatever happens now is gravy, I’m just so blessed to be here.” So are we.
Those interested in adding “The Record Store” or “I Need a Beer” to their playlists or sites, or interviewing Pops can reach out via the information below.
Pops recorded his debut album in 2014 after he was diagnosed with cancer. Four years later and four years into remission and he’s about to release his third album, Highroller but first – the lead single, “The Record Store” is dropping on Record Store Day, November 23, 2018.
Spencer “Pops” Byrn