It was finding out the stories behind the music that made it so cool. Reading the liner notes on albums; that’s how you learned who played what and why. Now we have VH1 shows called ‘Behind The Music.”
Regular customers promoted these record stores out of love for the atmosphere, the culture; as an unofficial “street team” even before the term was coined by the music industry.
We’d even pass out stickers at shows to help spread the word about how cool we thought these stores were. And you bonded with the employees and sometimes the owners. It was about connecting with the music.
Bone Daddy’s in Plano specialized in hard core, thrash, heavy metal and fringe. It was a one-of-a-kind record store that really stuck out in Plano’s conservative community. I got to know the owners and we had lots of fun hanging out, turning each other onto new music, and going to shows together.
Mohawk Music on Mockingbird was run by a good friend of mine, I used to shop and trade and hang out at the Dallas store. That’s where I met many new friends. Mohawk Music had another store in Tulsa that fans were fond of too. Unfortunately another indie record shop that’s closed it’s doors over the years, but it was a great place to discover new music and make new friends.
RPM Records is another great indie store where records are still cherished. Strike up a conversation with any of the employees and you’ll either learn something new about one of your favorite bands, or discover an artist you didn’t know yet. Either way, every time you walk in, it’s an experience of discovery and delight. RPM Records is on 565 West Oates Road in Garland, Texas. Phone 972 681 8441.
Waterloo Records in Austin opened their doors in 1982 and built a lucrative business with the concept “Where Music Still Matters.” One of the few places left where you can still buy, sell and trade your CDs, LPs and DVDs.
waterloorecords.com has it all…music in all genres in any format…vinyl, CDs, music and movies on DVD. Like any great indie record shop, you can buy just about any great music gear too, and tickets to the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Voted Best Record Store in this year’s Austin Chronicle readers poll, Waterloo Records & Video is one of my favorite places to hang when I’m in Austin. Located at 600A. North Lamar in Austin. Phone 512-474-2500.
And the Waterloo Ice House is a great place for a cold beer and good food. They’ve expanded locations from right next door to all over Austin, so you’re never far from a good meal.
There’s a lot a really great live music on Waterloo’s YouTube Channel. The in-store performances are very special, and draw artists from all over the country, especially during SXSW and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Check out Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dave Rawlings Machine featuring Gillian Welch, Reckless Kelly, the Texas Tornados, Cory Chisel, Amy Cook, Ben Livingston, and The Watson Twins. Tons of great music that still matters!
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Monday, April 19th, 2010
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Blues, Classic Rock, Jazz, Pop, Rock & Roll, Soul, Video