(Misty C, Nashville - 18.6.2008): Reasons to go to the Ernest Tubb Record Shop:
1. The incredibly cheesy, kitschy, and reasonably-priced knick-knacks. Thimbles, snow globes, floaty pens, straw hats, and more. It's that kind of place that you are pretty sure has not changed a bit since it opened. Granted, they have moved on to carrying CDs, but you get the idea that they probably were reluctant to do so when the time came... Insisting cassettes were way better.
2. Getting your photo taken either beside or on the original "Midnight Jamboree" stage where Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn and many other legends sang every Saturday night after the Grand Ole Opry "back in the day".
3. The staff. They eat, sleep and breathe country music. REAL country music... Hank Williams, Ray Price, Kitty Wells... You get the idea. They are extremely helpful in locating hard-to-find items. They have a huge mail order operation as well. The Ernest Tubb Record Shop might possibly have the last real "catalog" on earth where people actually send in a check or money order with their order form. They also have an online store for those who have moved into the internet age.
4. The location. Buy a few classics like "Johnny Cash at San Quentin", "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" by Ray Charles, maybe some Bob Wills, Flatt & Scruggs, or Buck Owens. Then go complete your day by having a cold beer at the Bluegrass Inn or Robert's.
There you have it. Ernest Tubb Record Shop = THE destination for hard core country & western fans. Also, the shop is a great tourist destination as well. Their outdoor sign is a well-known photo op location, because it is one of the oldest and most recognizable landmarks on Broadway.
One last hint: Head out to their Music Valley location on Saturday night for the Midnight Jamboree. This live radio show has been running continuously on the radio for over 60 years (second only to the Grand Ole Opry). It's free and often full of characters.
(Kevin E, England - 28.10.2011): Was 'Walking The Floor Over You' Ernest Tubb's biggest hit?
(JJ, 29.10.2011): First we should specify the expression 'biggest hit' - Ernest recorded 'Walking the Floor Over You' already in 1941 and Billboard's 'official' country music charts started only in 1944. That's why we can't use the system 'how many weeks it was number one in country charts'.
Ernest's 'Soldier's Last Letter' was #1 hit for four weeks in a row in 1944 and any of his later recordings couldn't beat that. I am quite sure 'Walking The Floor Over You' has sold a lot more copies than 'Soldier's Last Letter', however. At least 'Walking The Floor Over You' was his 'biggest career hit song'.