Add to your vinyl collection with any of these shops around Nashville. They don’t call this town “Music City” for nothing, and there is always a store nearby that has all the music you need.
In the last ten years, vinyl has become popular in a way that hasn’t been seen since the 1980s and a surprising number of musicians (from top 40 to the indie kids) have been pressing new music. While this is such an exciting development, there is something to the art of collecting only the vintage copies. Rather than placing an order for the new Bruno Mars or Taylor Swift, Alison’s Record Shop sticks to the classics with a focus on vintage records. Stop by Davidson Dr and talk with knowledgeable staff from 12 – 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Grab a punch card and try for a free record after a few visits and maybe even see if they are interested in a trade for some of your own collection. At Alison’s Record Shop, they care about the music that built us rather than what’s being produced now. You’re sure to enjoy talking logistics with any of their staff, everyone at Alison’s is always down to talk about the days of old when music was still young.
For more than a decade, The Groove has been in the art of providing music for everyone and anyone who expresses an interest. Adding to all that Music City loves to offer those who reside and visit Nashville, The Groove has music from every era you could ask for. From the brand new releases and backyard events to vintage items that are hard to find, The Groove is all about providing your favorite tunes in the form of vinyl, cds, and merch. Check out what they have to offer by making a trip to Calvin Ave from 11 am – 6 pm (12 – 5 pm on Sundays) any day other than Monday when they are closed. Ask any of the staff about their vinyl art, a groovy mashup of picture art made by cutting negative space out of recycled albums. Trust that even if you don’t find the exact pressing you’ve been searching for, The Groove has more than enough to catch your eye on their shelves.
Every record store is bound to have a nostalgic vibe, sorting through old vinyl has that kind of effect on people but Third Man Records takes things up a notch with a listening booth on top of everything else. Like the old tv shows, movie scenes and maybe even your own memory, Third Man Records has the look that suggests they are housing an album that you’ve been searching for. Check out their “Third Man Live” series, a series of live albums recorded from the Third Man Nashville/Detroit stages that do not get published digitally. Third Man Records is all about keeping the vinyl dream alive and does so with a constant stream of physical copies of albums that you will want to play on a loop. Add to your collection of music based media with a browse through the magazine/books section or ask about the studio services offered by this company. Third Man Records is one of those one stop shops for creatives so visit them on 7th Ave any day from 11 am – 7 pm.
One part bar, one part record store, Vinyl Tap is a chill watering hole on Greenwood Ave that is home to everything you could possibly want to enjoy an evening of fun out with friends. From the expansive vinyl collection to a selection of cocktails, beers, and shareable bites, Vinyl Tap has the makings of a movie style scene out on the town. There is even a special club for frequent shoppers, allowing you to save money when spending on vinyl. Record collecting can get expensive, especially when you’re following all of the new releases that Vinyl Tap keeps around. Join their 33 & ⅓ club to save a few bucks on your next favorite album. On Monday and Tuesday every week, visit from 3 – 10 pm and come in after noon during the rest of their open days. Though this is technically a bar, all ages are allowed to come in to browse the musical selections. (Bonus points to anyone that has seen the movie that their name is based on, there’s nothing quite like watching This is Spinal Tap on VHS)
Historic Music Valley Village has been contributing to Nashville’s local creative scene for many years and Jimbo’s Records and Tapes keeps up with the times by taking you back to the days of radio plays and tape collections. What once began as six crates worth of records in the back of A Daisy A Day, an antique store in Gallatin, Jimbo’s Records and Tapes has grown into the quaint spot on Music Valley Dr that Nashville loves. New, used, old, and rare albums are all in abundance at Jimbo’s Records and Tapes. Find Jimbo’s collection right across from the Opryland Hotel and don’t expect to spend too much money on anything you’ll find out of this used selection of vinyl and tapes. Step inside of the booth they have inside and find an array of art, knick knacks and collectables, Jimbo’s is bound to keep you wanting to look for more. During the week, Jimbo’s Records and Tapes is happy to see you from 10 am – 7 pm with varying hours on the weekends.
Vinyl, coffee table books, random merch and more can be found at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music on Trinity Ln. Over the years, this store has grown into the large selection lining shelf after shelf at Grimey’s. Brand new and gently used books, magazines, and movies also have a home with countless records. Look into their events calendar to stay informed on what’s happening at Grimey’s. From album release listening parties to live performances and Q & A’s, Grimey’s New & Preloved Music is more than just a record store. These folks love music and that shows from the second you walk inside. Maybe you will catch a show next time you decide to make a trip through a piece of old Nashville preserved. Browse around either of the two floors from 11 am until at least 6 pm every day except Monday when they close.
Located on the south side of Nashville, Phonoluxe Records is an affordable vinyl store that has enough stocked to keep you busy browsing titles for at least an hour. Only open on the weekends, Phonoluxe is a treat for those willing to visit them on Nolensville Pk from Friday through Sunday. Browse through a vast collection of names you know, some you don’t, and maybe something you haven’t thought about since way back in the day.Thousands upon thousand of different records are constantly in stock but don’t worry, the labeling is actually fairly easy to navigate. Plus, the Phonoluxe employees are well known for their ability to remember where each and every record is stored at any given moment. Though the area might appear busy when you first arrive, don’t let that turn you away. There is more than enough vinyl for everyone who walks in to Phonoluxe Records Music.
Much like the name of this store, The Great Escape truly does provide one solid escape for those that decide to come into their location on Charlotte Ave in the Richland Creek Shopping Center. Vinyl, comics, CD’s, toys and collectables are only the most basic description of everything that The Great Escape has going on. Throughout much of Tennessee, not just here in Nashville, finding The Great Escape is not too hard as they have many locations in the state. As long as there is something out there to collect or music to listen to, The Great Escape will have reason to fill their shelves. Classic video game enthusiasts will be thrilled to find their selection of vintage games, you can even bring your own in to sell. Among plenty of new and used vinyl, this shop continues to grow its inventory regularly and there is no way to know what will change from one visit to the next. Wednesday through Sunday, The Great Escape is ready to eat up at least a couple of hours out of your day from 12 pm – 7 pm.
When you find a record store whose website includes an “ELVIS” promotional code, you know that the jackpot has been hit in the realm of where to shop for vinyl. Find Swaggie Records on Union St in Downtown Nashville and you might run into the owner while shopping. Though small at first, Swaggie Records packs quite the punch, making the most of a small space. Rediscover the classics, discover some new music, and just generally have a fun time when you visit Swaggie Records. This shop is open every day and the folks at Swaggie are happy to help you find the vinyl of your dreams from 10 am – 6 pm any day that you want to walk in. There is even a selection of coffee products for caffeine lovers if you browse their website.
Before online music sharing and streaming services took over (and completely changed) the music industry as we know it, folks would have the option of trading paid media with friends, waiting in long lines for new releases, and borrowing from the local library. Since those days are long behind us, the general art of physical copies has been lost on the newer generations. Sticking to the concept of ingesting media the way we used to, McKay’s Nashville is somewhere where you can purchase a book and then return it for store credit to trade for another. Since their opening in 2007, the Nashville branch of McKay’s has kept a wide selection of new and used books, music, collectables and much more. While their focus does center mostly around literature, there is no shortage of vinyl, tapes, and cds to browse through. From 9 am – 10 pm every day outside of Sunday (when their hours are 10 am – 7 pm) you can visit Mckay’s Nashville on Old Hickory Rd and see what they have in store for you.
Not quite in Nashville, but only a small trip to Franklin, Luna Records is located inside of The Factory at Franklin, a shopping center that keeps more than just the vinyl shop. Buy or trade any of your old audios or equipment at Luna Records and see just how much these sister owners can fit into one store. Locally owned and operated by Franklin natives, Luna Records is worth a trip out of Nashville just to see what is on the shelves. Ask about their rewards card and become a frequent shopper. More punches in the card means you’re that much closer to accessing savings on your favorite tunes. Outside of Sundays, you can come by from 12 – 5 pm any other day to Luna Records.
Well go ahead and get to it, now you should be busy planning to go buy as much vinyl as can fit in your suitcase. Nashville truly is “Music City” and even with all the hype that comes with new music, there is a want to preserve the old times here. Every inch of Nashville seems to be in a constant state of musical development or preservation, sometimes even both. No matter what shop you select from our list, you are bound to leave with a product that will keep you happy in the realm of music. Until next time, thank you for taking the time to read with us at The Nashville Insider.