Record Town Featured in 360 Magazine, January 2019

Featured in January 2019 issue of 360 Magazine.

Record Town Has a New Spin

It looked like the Fort Worth icon Record Town was going to close its doors after 61 years. The University Drive hangout for fans of vinyl and music luminaries was facing a rent increase, and the Bruton family, the brain trust of all things music for decades, was not involved as they had been previously.

Bill Mecke, Tom Reynolds and Gerard Daily, an employee for eight years, weren’t willing to let the music die.

Left to right: Record Town owners Gerard Paul Daily, Tom Reynolds and Bill Mecke discuss some favorite LPs.

Left to right: Record Town owners Gerard Paul Daily, Tom Reynolds and Bill Mecke discuss some favorite LPs.

“Record Town was something much bigger than a record store,” says Tom. “It was a community asset, a place to catch up with musicians you hadn’t seen in a while. People traveling through would stop in — Joni Mitchell, Mama Cass, Kris Kristofferson.”

Such a treasure couldn’t be allowed to disappear, and the trio of investors bought the business.

In June, Record Town moved to 120 St. Louis in the Near Southside, where regulars and new fans find familiar bins full of oldie LPs, 45s, a few 78s and a limited number of new records. There are guitars, turntables, a few music books, T-shirts and product from local bands, as well. The emphasis remains on jazz, blues, country, western swing and rock and roll.

On the “wall of fame” are photos paying homage to the Bruton family and music icons.

In the spring, there will be a grand opening with bands and, hopefully, the historic sign in place. The rich texture of vinyl plays on.