Lucy's Record Shop

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Lucy's Record Shop was an independent, locally-owned record store and all-ages music venue in Nashville, Tennessee. During its five and a half years of operation, Lucy's supported a growing punk and indie music scene in Nashville,[1] and even received national notoriety as a prominent underground music venue.[2]

Lucy's was originally opened as a record store called Revolutions Per Minute in the summer of 1992 by Mary Mancini. After being in business for a few months, the name was changed to Lucy's Record Shop (named after Mancini's dog, Lucy). In the same year, Donnie and April Kendall joined Mancini as partners in the business, and Lucy's started hosting live music shows in the spacious back room.[2] Lucy's quickly became a popular hang-out for local teenagers and the focal point of the early 1990s punk scene in Nashville.[2][3] Some of the notable local bands that often played at Lucy's include Lambchop, Fun Girls from Mt. Pilot, and the Teen Idols.[2][4]

A documentary called Lucy Barks! was created by Stacy Goldate from footage of shows at Lucy's shot between 1994 and 1996. A low-budget independent movie called Half-Cocked also prominently features the venue.[2]


  1. ^ "Music Showcases". The Tennessean. September 18, 2004. Lucy's Record Shop was the gravitational force around which the early-to-mid-'90s Nashville indie scene orbited... 
  2. ^ a b c d e Ridley, Jim (January 29, 1998). "A Dog's Life: The Times of Lucy's Record Shop". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  3. ^ Moore, Tracy (August 10, 2006). "Never in Nashville". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 2006-11-13. 
  4. ^ Ridley, Jim; Michael McCall (February 13, 1997). "A Moveable Fest". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 2006-11-13.