So, Cracker Barrel Sells Music?

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I was alerted to this story by our friends at Houston Press, since I'm apparently not on the Cracker Barrel press list, and maybe this is old news, but the South's most ubiquitous chain restaurant is selling music. I know Cracker Barrel is the butt of a lot of jokes, but I genuinely like the place. Maybe it's because I'm a sucker for people-watching, and the transience of CB intrigues me.

But now, after you finish burping up chicken fried steak, you can purchase an exclusive Dolly Parton live album, the new album from Houston's Jason Michael Carroll, an artist who was apparently "discovered" at Cracker Barrel, or the latest from the Oak Ridge Boys or ... Smokey Robinson?

In addition, CB is also now trying its hand at Internet radio. It's a smart move in an effort to "update" CB's image, though they're clearly targeting an older demo that wants actual CDs. Hopefully this move doesn't Starbucks-ify the chain. I don't ever want to have to hear Dave Koz while I'm eating.

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Keithdylan
Keithdylan

They used to sell a series of cds and cassettes of "Live at the Grand Ol' Opry." Great vintage performances of George Jones, Johnny Cash and others.  You may have heard of them, real country artists not pop stars with a twang.

Jamie L.
Jamie L.

Also, you can rent books on tape (or dvd, rather) and return them to any location. My heart belongs to Cracker Barrel. Also, the biscuits.

NoahWBailey
NoahWBailey

Cracker Barrel has always sold music, yo. Wicker, rock candy, old-timey puzzles, Bellamy Bros' Greatest Hits...they have it all. But I go for the biscuits.

justsayinindeed
justsayinindeed

Wow, that's easily the most pleasant thing I've ever seen Noah Bailey write. It totally discombobulated me. Noah, do you do ANYthing but fatten yourself, talk about it, and hate on all lifestyles outside of your bitterly exclusive, spewy, elitist indiefolkers?  You must be about as much fun as root canal work to live with, Noah. Go have a milkshake and take a nap.

NoahWBailey
NoahWBailey

Man, I can't remember the last time I had a milkshake. That sounds fucking awesome.

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