Nashville Communities Are Still Spinnin’ Vinyl

Jessica Cobb looking through vinyl records for her collection at The Great Escape Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, in Nashville. (Van-Nessa Hagans)
Jessica Cobb looking through vinyl records for her collection at The Great Escape Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, in Nashville. (Van-Nessa Hagans)

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.

Brent Cobb looking for more vinyl to add to his personal collection at The Great Escape Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, in Nashville. (Van-Nessa Hagans)
Brent Cobb looking for more vinyl to add to his personal collection at The Great Escape Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, in Nashville. (Van-Nessa Hagans)
Larry Jenkins looking to purchase vinyl for his new record player at The Great Escape Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, in Nashville. (Van-Nessa Hagans)
Larry Jenkins looking to purchase vinyl for his new record player at The Great Escape Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, in Nashville. (Van-Nessa Hagans)
David Venus and DJ A7 previewing albums for their collections at The Great Escape Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, in Nashville. (Van-Nessa Hagans)
David Venus and DJ A7 previewing albums for their collections at The Great Escape Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, in Nashville. (Van-Nessa Hagans)
David Venus and Katelin Hayes looking through vinyl for their personal collections at The Great Escape Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, in Nashville. (Van-Nessa Hagans)
David Venus and Katelin Hayes looking through vinyl for their personal collections at The Great Escape Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, in Nashville. (Van-Nessa Hagans)

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.

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