Jerry Kay Weeks of Ernest Tubb Record Shop: "People Who Love Music Love Life"

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Last April for Record Store day, you gave away red 45's by Dale Watson, singing "I Lie When I Drink" and "Thanks To Tequila". What's the plan this time around?

We love that there is National Record Store Day. This time, besides a great sale, we will be featuring drawings and giveaways of classic country 45's. We also have rock and pop vinyl so if you are not country, there will be something for everyone.

Vinyl is coming back up a tick, but it's been tough. Are there low points of running this record store that you look back on now and are stronger for surviving?

Vinyl IS back. The young kids are into it big time. I heard that 82% of all music sold is downloads. This has been hard on the record shops, but the kids have found their way to us and they are buying their grandparents' music. Our collection of traditional country, early rock and pop vinyl is extensive. The twenty and thirty year olds have discovered the sound and the satisfaction of playing vinyl. The new vinyl is the best sound we have ever had in music in my opinion. All the new releases are available on vinyl in all genres. Record Players are available at all stores and will be a huge part of Santa's Sleigh this Christmas. There are now laser players with no needles and no scratches on the vinyl.

Laser needles for turntables! Wow, who knew? Not me.

Yes, and stereo sound systems are coming back. I am sure technology will have exciting things in store for us. People are coming back to record shops and discovering the fun of spending an afternoon spinning discs and finding treasures.

Any advice for folks who want to open up a shop like this one?

If you are thinking of starting up a Record Shop, I think you have to start with a passion for the music. Your customers are all passionate and you must be able to be excited to help them find that certain song or album they have been searching for. Our location in the Historic Stockyards of Fort Worth brings people from all over the world to us. This week I met people from China, Germany, Amsterdam, London and Australia. Some come once a year and always stop in at the Record Shop. Music is a universal language and I think the location is one of the most important criterias for opening any business. I met the steel guitar player from the Japanese Grand Ole Opry. We are facebook friends and it is one of my most awesome experiences. People who love music love life.

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