Ernest Tubb Record Shop

A country music icon brings a record business to Nashville

Since 1947 the Ernest Tubb Record Shop has been a locally owned and operated music store in downtown Nashville. It was founded by Ernest Tubb, of Grand Ole Opry fame, and his partner Charles Mosley at 720 Commerce St. on May 3, 1947 and was renowned for having some of the best and rarest records in the city. Tubb kept an extensive collection of his own records in addition to the works of many other talented artists. On Saturdays during the Grand Ole Opry radio show he would promote his shop in a segment known as the Midnight Jamboree. In 1951 the main shop moved to 417 Broadway allowing the operators more room for their live in-store broadcasts on Saturday nights. After opening the Broadway store the Ernest Tubb Record Shop also expanded to other locations, including The Music Valley Drive store near the Opryland Hotel, a location in Pigeon Forge, TN, and a branch in Fort Worth, TX. After the death of Tubb in 1984 the former manager of the Broadway store and partner David McCormick took over the business. Though the other locations continue to operate, in 2016 the Music Valley Drive location closed down.