Since 1977, vintage store The Great Escape has been selling comic books, magazines, books, baseball cards, cassette tapes, and vinyl to the Nashville community. Being a business operating in the center of Music City, meant it had to have an extensive vinyl collection. Offering local’s a great way to escape the digital age; it has remained one of the mid-South’s largest selections of out-of-print vinyl in all formats.
People of all generations have been craving older music for the past ten years. According to Nielsen Soundscan’s year-end music report, earlier music outsold new releases by 4.3 million copies.
There’s something nostalgic about stepping into the store, walking down the aisles, sifting through wooden crates to find hidden gems of the past in various genres. Clutching finds firm in their grasp while looking at the next album art and track list determining if it’s going home or staying there for the next music appreciator. Some customers finding comfort in previewing an album in the store anticipating the needle as it crackles and pops before each song.
Music has a way of bringing people together from an array of backgrounds because of this commonality. Connecting with the stories being told of their fondest memories which invoke laughter. Offering the storyteller to reminisce an era and others a glimpse of what life was like back then. Most would say the collectibles it houses is interesting, but it’s the people inside who help it thrive in an era where music is streaming.
Look below to see if there’s a store near you.
The Great Escape Locations
5400 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
105 Gallatin Rd. N.
Madison, Tennessee 37115
2945 Scottsville Road
Bowling Green, Kentucky
2433 Bardstown Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40205
Check out the online store here.