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Vinyl Resting Places: Record Stores of Memphis

They say vinyl is coming back

But we’re not sure it ever left and neither are the folks behind Memphis’ music shops. We took a spin around the city of blues to track down record stores of all shapes and sizes to help you guys get in the groove. 

Whether you’re searching for rare blues records or the hottest new hip-hop releases, this list has it all. Check out these vinyl record stores around Memphis and get ready to rock! 

And check out our list of 20+ sites for any Memphis music pilgrimage

A storefront with a sign that says goner records is a record store in Memphis.
Photo: Goner Records

1. Goner Records

Where is it: 2152 Young Ave

When it’s open:

Monday – Saturday Noon – 7 PM
Sunday 1 – 5 PM

Not only a local record store but also a local record label as well, Goner has a little bit of everything for everyone. All of the vinyls are separated by genre and alphabetized for easy browsing. There’s always a record currently available spinning on the table, so if you like what ya hear be sure to ask about it. In the case of trying something new, there’s a listening station open for customers—just make sure to check out the rules first.

2. Shangri-La Records

Where is it: 1916 Madison Ave

When it’s open: Monday-Saturday 11 am-6 pm and Sunday 1-5 pm

Shangri-La opened back in 1988, but not as the record store we know and love today. The original business provided services with sensory deprivation tanks, massages, and “brain tune-ups”. It wasn’t long after that the Shangri-La Memphis known today started from a single crate of records. The store now has a huge collection of albums in every genre, both new and used. If you’re looking for something collectible or obscure, this is the place to go. Just for the record, CDs and movies can be found around the shop as well.

A neon sign on the side of a building at night in Memphis.
Photo: Memphis Music Store

3. Memphis Music

Where it’s at: 149 Beale Street

When it’s open:

Sunday through Thursday – 10 am to 8 pm

Friday & Saturday – 10 am to 10 pm

Memphis Music is technically classified as a gift shop on Beale, but it has the largest collection of new vinyl out of all the stops on our list. Actually, almost all of the vinyl in Memphis Music is new or repressed, with the exception of a single crate of used records. This goes for the 45s as well. Memphis Music also has a great selection of CDs and posters.  Don’t have a turntable? No worries! Memphis Music has some for sale!

A person in a colorful costume inside a record store in Memphis, standing near posters and vinyl records, with a cardboard cutout of Elvis Presley in the background.
Photo: River City Records

4. River City Records

Where it’s at: 101 S Main Street

When it’s open:

Tuesday through Saturday – 11 am to 7 pm

Sunday – 11 am to 5 pm

River City Record Shop in Memphis is a cherished destination for vinyl lovers and collectors, embodying the soulful vibe of the city. Beyond just selling records, River City Record Shop is a community hub where music lovers gather to share their passion. The shop frequently hosts live performances, record release parties, and other community events, making it a lively spot for discovering new music and meeting fellow enthusiasts. Whether you’re searching for a rare vintage album or the latest indie release, River City Record Shop provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere filled with the rich sounds of Memphis.

5. Memphis Record Pressing

Where it’s at: 3015 Brother Blvd.

When it’s open:

Monday through Thursday – 9 am to 5 pm

Friday – 9 am to 4 pm

Memphis Record Pressing (MRP) is a key player in the resurgence of vinyl records, a trend that is reconnecting music enthusiasts with the classic sound of vinyl. Founded in response to the growing demand for vinyl, MRP has quickly become one of the largest vinyl pressing facilities in the country. Since its establishment, MRP has produced millions of records, serving both major labels and independent artists. This facility not only preserves the timeless quality of vinyl music but also celebrates Memphis’s historical significance in the music industry. By offering tours, MRP provides visitors with a unique glimpse into the meticulous process of vinyl production, from mastering to the final press, highlighting the city’s ongoing influence in the music scene. For those interested in the tangible aspects of music and its history, Memphis Record Pressing is a must-visit spot in Memphis.

6. Memphis Listening Lab

Where it’s at: 1350 Concourse Avenue, Suite 269

While it’s not a place for shopping, it’s definitely one for perusing!

The Memphis Listening Lab isn’t just another place to pop in to listen to music. Housed in Crosstown Concourse, this curated collection of music history attracts music lovers of all genres—not only with its astounding quantity of over 60,000 records and CDs but with its dedication to music celebration and production through events and the on-site recording studio. Thanks to the benevolence of John King, co-founder of Ardent Studios and the generous donor of this inaugural assemblage, folks from near and far will be soothed by the sounds of Memphis music and more.

If you’re just starting out or consider yourself a vinyl veteran, these shops have a little bit of something for everyone. 

Even if you don’t fall in either one of those categories, everyone knows supporting a local business is always a sound purchase.

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