New Iberia record store reopens as vinyl makes a come back
New Iberia, LA (NBC33) — Most of the big vinyl album stores like Tower and Virgin Records are long gone. In Acadiana, the much loved Raccoon Records shut it's doors back in 2004. But now, record sales are increasing again.
The sound of vinyl is better than a CD, in most experts opinion, and that helps the trend that has music folks looking to buy albums. That's why you can shop at Raccoon Records in New Iberia again.
Long time musician, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame member and record collector Steve Grisaffe has opened a used record store in New Iberia. Out of respect for the original, he named it Raccoon Records.
"Well, when I told everyone that I was going to open up a record store, they thought I was nuts,” said Grisaffe. “We can get that on a download, we can get that on the internet. Well you can't actually hold a download in your hands like you can hold an album. That's what we do here, we have albums."
"There's a lot of vinyl groups online, where all the vinyl enthusiasts get together and talk about releases and what type of music they like to collect. I cater to those folks, and I am a record collector myself,” Grisaffe explained. “We opened this store at the end of May, and I can hardly keep up with all the people that are coming in and buying and selling. There is a lot of traffic in the store and we couldn't be more grateful for the people of New Iberia and Lafayette and all the surrounding areas that come to see Raccoon Records on Highway 90."
Steve loves all kinds of music and has been buying and selling records for 30 years, with over 20,000 record albums crammed into his Raccoon Records shop.
Raccoon Records is on Highway 90 next to dock of the bay lounge in New Iberia.