Ernest Tubb’s historic Nashville record store closes

Country musician Ernest Tubb was known for many things. Father of honky tonk music (later called country music), Tubb was the first to introduce the electric guitar to the Grand Ole Opry.

Ernest Tubb.

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But what has stood the test of time, even long after his death in 1984, is the record store he opened in 1947. That is, until now.

Last Wednesday evening, among the medley of noisy Broadway celebrity haunts in Music City, Ernest Tubb’s historic record store closed its doors for the last time.

Inside this cramped space lived “The Midnite Jamboree”, a show almost as old as the record store itself. Known for hosting a live audience after the Grand Ole Opry, with new country blood, the show became the second longest-running country radio show in history and still exists today.

A final performance of “Midnite Jamboree” at Ernest Tubb.

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Fans of all ages came out for one last “Jamboree” celebration. They stood among the faded artifacts and empty record bins that once held the hits of country legends and brought the nation’s first major record store to life.

But like country music, Nashville’s Broadway keeps changing. Seventy-five years after Ernest Tubb first opened this unique vinyl store, visitors still come to Nashville looking for a good time.

But unfortunately, that doesn’t involve buying records.


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