The shop, where the old Texas troubadour used to host a midnight radio show after the Grand Ole Opry each Saturday night, offers a refuge from the chaos of lower Broadway, with its honky-tonks, milling tourists and girls gone wild bachelorette parties.
Somewhat dinted by the vinyl revival, the store offers a strong selection of vintage country CDs, rare books and sheet music. At the back stands a makeshift stage and microphone, where I suppose country stars still perform after the Opry, which used to be across the street at the Ryman Auditorium but is now several miles away.
On my last visit to the store, I found a CD I've sought for years, the Everly Brothers' "Songs My Father Taught Me." The CD is a recent re-release of the album first recorded in 1958.
Already teen sensations from hits like "Bye-Bye Love" and "Bird Dog," the Everlys for their second record decided to counter their pop success by recording an album of traditional country and folk songs in honor of their father, "Ike" Everly.
The Everlys began their careers as children singing on their father's radio show broadcast from a small station in Iowa. Their mother, Margaret, also performed on the radio show, and in appearances around the Midwest and South.
Archie Beyer, who'd signed Don and Phil Everly for his Cadence Records and produced their pop hits, supported their bare-bones recording of "Songs Our Father Taught Us."
Along with their breathtaking vocal harmonies, in which their voices blend into one, the music consists of Don's acoustic rhythm guitar, and the unobtrusive standup bass of ace Nashville session man Floyd Chance, who earlier played on Hank Williams' last recording session.
A couple of years ago, Green Day leader Bille Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones re-created the album with an homage to the Everlys titled "Foreverly." Armstrong and Jones come close to matching the Everlys' harmonies, but Don and Phil, at the time 21 and 19, excel in their virtuosity.
Their voices, and Don's guitar, give breathtaking authenticity to traditional folk songs and country classics like Gene Autry's "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine." Their performance of the English ballad "Barbara Allen" stands among the all-time best folk recordings.
Ahead of the folk music revival, and not understood by their teen fans, the album wasn't a big seller. It's been rediscovered several times during the years, recognized as one of those artistic works that define and transcend its genre.