Ernest Tubb’s Family Pushes Petition To Save Historic Record Shop
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Country music fans were saddened to hear that the historic Ernest Tubb Record Shop will be closing its doors this spring.
Honky Tonk Circus, LLC, ETRS, LLC, and David McCormick Company, Inc released a statement on the Shop’s official social media pages about its upcoming closure:
“It’s with great sadness that we share the news that the Ernest Tubb Record Shop — building and business — will be sold. Our goal has always been to protect, promote and preserve the great history of the record shop and building. That desire remains as strong today as ever. However, 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 statement continued:
“We are heartbroken that the store, which has existed in its current location in the heart of lower Broadway since 1951, will close this Spring. Preserving the history and tradition of country music remains at the forefront of everything we do. 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.”
Now, members of Tubb’s family are pushing a petition in the hopes they can save their relative’s historic Record Shop.
Colton Gibson is Tubb’s 14-year-old great-great nephew. He’s one of the main champions of the petition to save the Record Shop.
“So much has happened in that record shop, we’d hate to see it become another bar,” Gibson told NewsChannel 5.
Another family member created the petition, while Gibson has been its most vocal promoter. He even has a plan in mind for what could be done with the Record Shop if it remains open:
“The record shop, it’s full of history,” he said. “The Country Music Hall of Fame along with that record shop together would make an awesome combination of a museum.“
The petition to save the Ernest Tubb Record Shop can be found here. It has over 6,400 signatures as of this writing.
You can learn more about the petition by watching Gibson’s interview below.