7 Great Vinyls for Entertaining

When it comes to hobbies, my husband has tons of them; but, the one he is most passionate about is his Vinyl collection. We have shelves and shelves filled with tons of fantastic vinyls that he has collected over years and years. When we have a calm weekend (which is rare these days) his favorite thing to do is going to a record store and shop for hours. Sometimes he gets me to go with him and I enjoy it for about…eh, 30 minutes. Then, get me out of there! He could spend an entire day there, no joke.

As far as entertaining goes, my hubby and I are quite the duo… not to toot our own horn or anything. I cook, he is a fantastic griller and cocktail maker, AND his music selection is always a topic of conversation. He always plays fantastic music that is just perfect depending on the occasion and mood. I just love him for that!

When I asked my husband to compile some of his favorite albums for hosting a dinner party it was as if a ghost walked in the room. How in the world could he only pick a few? But I pestered him enough and here we have it. 7 fantastic albums that you should own for entertaining…in no particular order because that would be WAY too much to ask of my music loving hubby. He made sure to capture multiple genres: Soul, World, Classic Rock, Country, Jazz, and Modern Instrumental Rock.

  1. Otis Redding — The Dock of the Bay
  2. Leon Bridges– Coming Home
  3. Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall
  4. Khruangbin — The Universe Smiles Upon You
  5. Jim Croce– You Don’t Mess Around With Jim
  6. Willie Nelson and Family — Let’s Face the Music and Dance
  7. The Ben Webster Quintet — Soulville

Lastly, if you don’t have a record player, you should. The sound quality is not only better but, you are also listening to albums in the order and the way they were meant to be listened. When we started dating and lived in an apartment we just bought a little Crosley Traveler and loved it. Now we’ve upgraded to some kind of fancy one that hooks up to our surround sound in our house.

He has wayyy more recommendations as far as music goes so if you enjoy this post, let me know in the comments below and we will continue to do posts like this one here on occasion!! 😉


  • Glenda king
    August 16, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I love this. Some of my faves here. Thanks for sharing

  • Melissa W.
    August 16, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I recently discovered some of my grandmother’s albums and have asked for a record player for Christmas. Any recommendations? These albums are on my to buy list. Keep the music recommendations coming!

  • Kelli G
    August 16, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Love this! Always love the music in your post (on trips, etc.) My boyfriend is exactly like this and is our record master when we cook fun meals on weekends. Can’t wait to order a few of these records!

  • Abby
    August 16, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Love this! Every time you post an instastory w/ music playing I always have to rewatch and google the song. Y’all have such good taste. Keep the song recs coming! 🙂

  • Jenna
    August 16, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing! My boyfriend has a similar love for collecting and shopping for old vinyls. I laughed at your admission that it keeps you entertained for a short period of time, because I feel the same way – I’m bored after 15 minutes! However, I so appreciate his taste in music and respect the patience he has for curating his collection. I will definitely be passing this post along to him as he is always on the look out for more essentials to add to his collection! I just love your blog, keep up the good work!

  • Myra
    August 16, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    This is SO great!! I love all his picks. I am half Cuban so I love the Buena vista social club:) impressed!
    I couldn’t get the link for it to work though on your site More. Give us more ?

  • Bolissa
    August 17, 2017 at 12:52 am

    This is awesome! Thanks to you and your hubby for this post! Yes, more please! And what is the name of the upgraded player that you have now?

  • Allison Scribner
    August 17, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Absolutely love this. My very first purchase, when I got my first job at 15, was a Kenwood stereo system. I still have all the components, except the speakers, 38 years later. I still have all my old albums and buy up all that I can find a at yard, garage and estate sales.

    • Alex
      August 18, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Oh wow, I love that!!!

  • Shannon
    August 17, 2017 at 3:26 am

    I dig it!!

  • Kala
    August 17, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Keep the recommendations coming! What a great addition to a fun dinner party. Thanks for sharing. Hope to see more in the future.

  • Christina
    August 17, 2017 at 5:13 am

    This is a great post!

  • Katie
    August 17, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Please keep the entertaining posts coming! We love to entertaining too and it’s fun to see what you guys put together!

  • Terri
    August 19, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Didn’t you post once one of your husbands playlist on Spotify? I can’t remember the title. Love his eclectic style.

    • Alex
      August 21, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      His Spotify handle is @claygrass 😉

  • Shannon
    August 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Great post, Alex! Thank you! Would love more music recommendations.

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