Legendary Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Nashville Is Closing — Here’s a Statement From the Owners

Ernest Tubb Record Shop Nashville closing
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The Ernest Tubb Record Shop in downtown Nashville is closing this year — here’s their statement.

A Facebook post made by the Honky Tonk Circus, ETRS, and David McCormick Company reveals the building in which the business is housed will be sold. “Due to changes in circumstances out of our control, it’s now clear the best way forward is to sell the business and the real estate,” the Facebook post reads.

The Ernest Tubb Record Shop located on lower Broadway has been a Nashville staple for years. Currently, the store stocks vinyl records, CDs, and it displays rare memorabilia from country superstars like Tanya Tucker, Loretta Lynn, and several others.

In August 2020, Jesse Lee Jones bought the building and record shop business from David McCormick for $4.75 million. That purchase allowed Jones to protect, promote, and preserve the great history of the country music retailer. From 1951 to 1995, the Ernest Tubb Record Shop was the home of the Midnight Jamboree.

Grand Ole Opry performers would immediately appear at Ernest Tubb Record Shop for an encore performance. The showcase returned to the location in 2021 after a brief move to the Texas Troubadour Theater. According to the record shop, the Midnight Jamboree was the second longest-running radio show in history. The program helped launch several artists to stardom, including Loretta Lynn and Tanya Tucker.

“Preserving the history and tradition of country music remains at the forefront of everything we do,” the Facebook statement continues. “We remain committed to preservation work and look forward to new projects that will allow us to continue to protect and nurture the invaluable history and tradition of country music.”

Currently, there is no word yet regarding who is purchasing the Ernest Tubb Record Shop building or how it could be transformed. The Cotton Eyed Joe’s property at 200 Broadway, just a stone’s throw away, sold for $24.5 million in 2021. That’s a 32% increase in price after the building was purchased for $18.5 million in 2019.

2 Responses

  1. Idiot Detector

    Teletubbies are furious and have stopped selling tubbie custard to Russia.

    • The real Idiot Detector

      It is a shame that your dad didn’t pull out sooner.