Heading to Nashville? Here’s the Best the Record Store Scene Has to Offer

While Spotify and Apple Music have saturated the digital music streaming space, there’s something special about a good ole’ fashioned record store. Exploring a record store you’ve never been to before is pretty much the best way to spend an afternoon — especially if it’s your first time in a new city. We’ve collected a few of our favorite places in Nashville to dig through crates of records. How many have you visited?


Third Man Records was launched by musician Jack White initially in Detroit, MI. He opened the Nashville location in 2009 and it’s home to one of the city’s most esteemed record stores. In addition to this vinyl record paradise, Third Man houses novelty lounges, label and distribution offices, photography studios and the world’s only live venue that’s capable of direct-to-acetate recordings. Definitely a must-see on your Nashville vinyl record tour.


Rave Reviews rated Grimey’s as one of the top record stores in the country, and it’s easy to see why! Located in East Nashville, Grimey’s has one of the most impressive vinyl collections in the city. You also may be able to catch an in-store live performance by artists in town celebrating the release of their new music, so be sure to keep up with their event calendar so you don’t miss out!


Crate diver approved! This East Nashville record store has a large assortment of new or used records for the vinyl lover. 


Half record store, half restaurant and bar – a music lover’s dream. At the Vinyl Tap in East Nashville, customers can enjoy a nice cold beer or libation while sifting through the hundreds of vinyl’s this store has to offer. 


This one of a kind shopping experience is a Nashville staple. McKays is a treasure chest of not only gently loved records, but also offers a plethora of used books, movies and video games. The perfect place to bring your cup of coffee and get lost for hours on a Saturday.


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