Groove Net: The Best Kept Secret in Dallas' Music

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Jonathan Patrick

Like all niche stores, record shops are keeling over left and right. Only one or two record stores among each hundred have survived the evolution of the music industry. In turn, a priceless cultural gathering place has been all but lost. A cornerstone that ignores occupational, national, and social boundaries, concerned instead with music, and the rich dialogue fellow enthusiasts share with one another therein.

Rightly so, considerable ink has been spilt discussing these places - the choice survivors - shops like Good Records and CD Source. Even Bill's and Forever Young receive their mentions. But Dallasites might be surprised to learn that there is another place. Perhaps, an even better record store than these. In fact, it's THE record store for local collectors, audiophiles and DJs. It's also one of the oldest and best kept secrets in the DFW music scene. I'm speaking about a refreshingly nondescript store called Groove Net.

After years of blaring recommendations and a seemingly endless stream of "you wouldn't believe what I found" stories, I finally made my over to Groove Net this last Wednesday.

If, like me, you depend on GPS technology to overcome even the simplest of navigation, finding Groove Net can be something of a chore. It's off the beaten path, tucked amongst a series of small warehouses on the fringes of Mesquite and Garland (635 and La Prada to be exact). But, of course, that's the point. Owner Randy Frierson considers Groove Net his retirement headquarters. It's by no means meant as a window-shopping, high-traffic venue; however, as I would soon discover, Frierson is more than happy to accommodate any and all customers.

Once you've arrived, you're faced with a minimal, no-flare storefront, stamped with a sign reading: GROOVE.NET MAIL ORDER. HOURS: BANKERS. You see Groove Net is not solely a physical shop, it's also an internationally recognized hub, satisfying scores of discerning crate diggers the world over. And HOURS: BANKERS? It is as it sounds. Groove Net keeps Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm/Sat: 8am-2pm hours. Well, sort of. Since Frierson's hands are constantly in several ventures at once, it's best to call ahead just to make sure he's still in for the day.

A swing of the door and I'm inside. It's a stark, delightfully low-key interior, housing a neatly aligned series of well-kept records. Sounds both strange and pleasing fill the air. It's a clean, welcoming place, refreshingly free of the bothersome industry marketing materials that typically blanket a record shop. I'm met with a friendly "how can I help you?" and soon proceed to search the stacks.


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GoodBAMMac
GoodBAMMac

Great write-up! I'm hooked and gotta check it out.

G_David
G_David

Sometimes I wish I still played records, just for places like this.  I tried going back to analog and just couldn't do it.  I did love me some RPM back in the day.  Bought a butt load of music and used to buy and rent Laser Discs there, when those were a thing.

MikeO
MikeO

This single article makes up for the heaps and heaps of stupid crap that this website publishes! 

MikeO
MikeO

I'm as excited as a little girl!

MikeO
MikeO

Unbelievable! I thought RPM's Randy was named Ferguson, but when I was reading the article, with the location, I kept thinking "Boy, that sounds like Randy from RPM". I remember being in his shop and he played the Hoodoo Guru's "Mars Needs Guitars" -- I was blown away and bought it! Then the Lime Spiders and Lizard Train also -- all neo-psycheldelic bands that I still love to this day.  

RANDY IS THE BEST! Can't wait to see him again! Maybe this weekend!

The4thaggie
The4thaggie

"Dangerous for your wallet"

I heard stories sometimes of clients that drop $10-20K or more in one purchase at his shop.  The last time I talked about Groovenet with my uncle was before the financial collapse, so I really don't know if that is the case still.


He's still rocking though, so pay him a visit! :D.

gabbahey
gabbahey

I remember dropping lots of cash at RPM back in the day, I heard there was something akin to it kinda in the same area,. Thanks for the article, I know where I will soon be dropping my money on old vinyl.

dish_warp
dish_warp

About time Randar got some DO love.Long may he reign!

The4thaggie
The4thaggie

@gabbahey  Well, RPM Records was bought back in the day, and there was a little bit of bad business so the deal fell through.  Unfortunately, the name "RPM Records" was bought in part of the deal that went through, and it could no longer be used.  Same man.  Same records.  Different name.  

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