had a lot of fun compiling (and arguing over) our list of the coolest
record stores in the country,
but one of the best things about doing a story like this is watching
the reader responses pour in. On July 30, we received the following
e-mail from Sam Stroud:
Our first stop was at Ernest Tubb
Record Shop in Nashville, Tenn. The
anticipation was overwhelming. We all made bets on which of the five
shops would be our favorite. For both Aaron and Jeremy it was Tubbs;
mine was The Music Factory in New Orleans. We walked down the main
strip in Nashville and made our way to Tubbs. As we walked in, the
excitement was palpable.
The guys working the shop were great. If you enjoy Cash,
Jennings and the like, this is your shop.
Our next stop was Grimey's. This record store was fantastic. The
selection was huge for any medium. But specifically vinyl. There was
a great selection of magazines on the rack and they had great music
playing in store.
record. I left Grimey's with Jeff Buckley and Beirut. And I decided I
was getting a t-shirt at each shop if possible.
Our next stop was Shangri La in Memphis. We actually called ahead,
knowing the shop closed at 7pm, and let them know we would be there.
I think the actual conversation, or what I heard of it, went
something like, "Hey, here is the deal, we are doing a record
shop tour, like the one listed in Paste magazine, and we might
be getting there right at 7pm. Look for three really tall guys, and I
swear we are buying records."
It was a good size shop, and again, had
a great selection. I thumbed through most of the records, but
recalling a conversation with my friend Aaron in Grimey's about not
having any Beatles vinyl, I came across the White Album. Now, they
had an original, but the reprint had all sorts of posters and
inclusions that the original didn't. And it was also about $70
cheaper. So that is what I got, and a green t-shirt. The clerk also gave me a
free Sex Pistols button.
Next stop was the Music Factorywith some Willie Nelson and a black t-shirt.
Our final destination was Criminal
Records in Atlanta. In the back of my mind, I thought this might be
the best shop. I wanted to end on a really good note. We were
definitely not disappointed. The selection was amazing. Not having a
list really hurt me. I had no idea what to get! I got Beck's Modern
Guilt album, The Ramones, and the new Mates of State album.
Thanks for writing in, Sam!