Before Swift’s aid, Davis tells PEOPLE he received assistance from David Macias, the CEO of record label Thirty Tigers, who first wrote him a check and challenged other local Nashville labels to do the same. Davis says he was able to pay his employees for their final shifts using the money from Macias.
“We’re all Taylor Swift fans now, let me tell you,” says Davis, adding that one of his friends began listening to her album 1989 after learning of her donation. “Maybe some day we’ll have a Taylor Swift event some time in the future. We have already stocked her records. I don’t know what else I can do to pay her back. It’s just amazing, and I saw that she’s just been gifting people on social media that are struggling. What an angel, it’s amazing. They need to make her ambassador of Record Store Day next year.”
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Grimey’s New and Preloved Music has served celebrity guests including Kesha, Jack White, Jason Isbell, Emmylou Harris, John Prine and Robert Plant. Davis says Swift’s publicist even confirmed that she’s bought records from the store before.
Davis is hopeful that his small business will withstand the economic plummet caused by the coronavirus outbreak, and urges people to continue supporting them.
Says the store owner: “Record stores are still extremely vital and robust community cultural centers in every town that has them. The idea that [our store] was something Taylor Swift wanted to help just blows my mind.”
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