By Dr. Disc
Armed with a want list and a wallet, Goldmine's Dr. Disc is shopping his way through independent record shops. This time, he's paid a visit to Day Old Blues Records in Shreveport, La.
Name: Day Old Blues Records
Address: 437 Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA, 71104
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday
STOCK: What you will find here is a lot of new vinyl, some used vinyl, T-shirts and other music-related items. It’s a growing store that is always gaining inventory through the purchase of both new and used records. The only CDs the shop carries are from local artists.
STAFF: I rate this store this high, and they only have one employee: the owner, James. When I shopped, he greeted me as I walked into the store and offered up any assistance I needed. He loves to talk music with the customers. This is the type of record store employee others should aspire to be like.
STORE: I found this store to be very clean, brightly lit and easy to look at the items in the bins. Additionally they have some records on the walls, which makes it very easy to see.
SELECTION: Like many smaller, independently owned record stores, Day Old Blues can only have so much stock at any one time. It does have a great selection of the new popular releases and even some of the more hard-to-find new releases. In most cases, you will only find one copy of a title, so get there when it first come out … or order it in advance.
SPECIAL MENTION: This store does participate in national Record Store Day. Additionally, the store will host live concerts. When asked why he opened the store, James told me he was just tired of having to drive to Dallas to find new records. So if you are in the Shreveport area, stop by and drop some coin on good old-fashioned records.